We bought one of these new and it turned out to be a shop car. After 8 yrs, I had a phone book thick folder of invoices. True, while the bumper to bumper warranty was in place, most things were covered. Afterwards, this quickly became an expensive car so we got rid of it.
Sorry, Kia simply is not up there with the Japanese yet.
The V6 is quiet but relatively gutless and at 2.7L and 185 hp a waste of gas and money. Unfortunately our trim did not come in a 4 cyl.
EDIT: All of the stuff below is the same. I've done reg maintenance on it, broke some things wile "fixing it" because I didn't know any better. But I learned how to remove the brake master cylinder and bleed that, so that's fun.
We had snow last winter that was deep enough to leave drag marks in from the underside of the car. No problems powering through. The car has been good.
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 well. 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.