My largest complaint comes from the
failure of a timing belt. The engines
on these vehicles are referred to as
an "interfearence" motor which means
that if the timing belt breaks, there
is a great chance that the motor will
destruct via valves and pistons hitting
eachother in a furious, mistimed,
catastrophic event. Here is the biggest
kicker- The water pump is driven by the
timing belt which means as in my case,
the water pump failed causing the
timing belt to fail prematurely
ultimately causing a catastrophic
disolving of the internal motor parts.
IMHO, not a good engineering design.
Good in accidents, car was struck while
stopped at a stop light. A Mitsubishi
Eclipse impacted the rear end of the
Kia. The Kia had $1,200.00 in damages,
the Eclipse ended up with the motor in
the passenger seat.
Improve the overall quality, lower road
noise, and improve motor performance.
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