For the price, it has been a good car. I had to replace an intake manifold sensor a couple months ago, but that wasn't too expensive. This car has had problems with the transmission in its history. The torque converter had to be replaced.
On a positive note, I have all the original suspension at 148,000k. Wisconsin winters (read: salty/slushy crap) are rough on the undersides of cars, but it is doing really good. The only thing that is rusted out is the parking brake, and I got all new parts for that for pretty cheap to rebuild it myself.
I will never own a KIA again.
I had to get the AC replaced 2 months after getting it new off the lot took them 4 weeks.
I have also had to replace the sun visors 3 times on each side.
The visors are only replaced in the first 50K, and I am not going to pay $130.00 for the visor now.
Even the dealer says they see them all the time with velcro, tape, and one person stapled them up.
The computer says that I am getting 29MPG but I have NEVER gotten it that good.
I keep up the maintenance and when I run the numbers while filling up I am getting 19 to 20MPG.
I will not even get into how you can't set the castor and camber on the front end. If you are cutting tires you can't fix it.
It was cheap when I bought it, and it's paid for. It has a good radio.
Fix the visors, teach the computer how to do math.
Allow a mechanic to set the caster and camber on the front end.
Anti-lock breaks would have been nice.
Biggest suggesting I have, is to buy something besides a KIA.
Ever since I took this car out of the dealership, new in 2006, it had problems pulling to the right. I took it back 3 times to the dealer and they could not fix it. At times they used the values of the 2004 model. I have taken it to other alignment shops, and the alignment problem never got good. It pulls to the right. Yesterday i was changing the oil filter and I noticed 3 shims 1/16" thick on one side of the frame. It looks like the frame is the problem, it was never straight.
There is no reason that a car manufacturer can not use a proven design of a part that has never had any problems in the past, for any car make. I had my driver side replaced at the dealership, and although I used it
normally, I gave them the benefit of the doubt. But when the passenger side went bad, with hardly any use, it sure made me wonder about their quality of product. Kia should stand behind it and provide a product that does not break!!!