Love hate relationship
By wmscott on
Vehicle2005 Kia Amanti 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
ReviewBought this car for the wife. We both love the car. The fit finish and comfort are great. The gas mileage is terrible. The cost of maintaining the car has been far too high. I seem to have to buy several new headlights a year at around $80 a pop. Just had the mandatory 60K service and the tab was $1,300. Replaced the timing belt as recommended. The belt had zero sign of wear on it and will not do it again at 120K if we still have it. They will make you buy a new hydraulic tensioner when they do the job. They charge me $189 for that very simple device. Overall cost of maintenance is out of control and my make me shy away from another KIA in the future. Transaxle had to be replaced at 39K.
Best FeaturesSound system, quiet ride, comfortable seats, huge trunk
Worst FeaturesDrop the electric throttle. Doesn't stick but it does lag a lot. Put a modern V-6 in it so it does not cost so much to maintain and gets better gas mileage. Otherwise we both still love the car.
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