I purchased this Kia new in 1997,
except for the Check Engine light which
came on all the time during the first 3-
4 years, I have not had any major
problems. I currently have 107,000
miles on it and it still starts and
runs good every day. Just oil changes
every 5,000 miles and a front gear
clutch at 59,000, covered by warrantee.
I am now in the market for a new car
and am considering KIA again. I feel I
got my moneys worth out of this car. I
did also replace the front windshield
glass 3 times due to stones, maybe the
Kia glass is too soft I dont know.
This vehicle has been a proven performer. With the proper maintenance I have driven 83,000 miles without any repairs. (I forgot I did replace the horn.) It is a joy to drive and very comfortable on long trips. I would take this vehicle anywhere without worry.
I bought the car used to replace my Geo Metro. Paid $1400 for it, thought it was a great deal. It had low miles for a reason. Drove it 1 month and had to replace the fuel pump, major ordeal. Ran for two more months, stalling shaking, bad fuel economy. Now the timing belt broke. I'll fix it, sell it, and drive my Saturn I had to buy because this Kia is such a piece of junk.
Door key cylinder fell inside the door body the day I brought it home. I had nearly 20 visits to the dealership that year for that problem alone. There were times I was entering the car from the passenger side. 2nd year: O2 sensor went, front brakes cylinders (?) collapsed, service light came on and off. I developed tennis elbow using the Kia shift stick For as long as I owned the car: The car shook anytime over 45 mph - multiple visits to dealership. A horrible rattling sound under the driver's side - multiple visits to dealership. Could not get a clear view in the rear when reversing. Overall an annoying, frustrating and painful experience!
I have had so many poblems with this
car. I bought it new in 97. At 800
miles the catalstic converter blew up
causing the underside to catch fire,
and all wiring had to be replaced. At
12,000. their was a horrible exhaust
leak which after 4 trips to the dealer
for repair ended my family in the
hospital with a 24% oxygen rate in the
blood. Kia would not stand behind
their product even when contacted by
my attorny. The belts always squeek
and their has been a bad engine lifter
since day one. Locks, and windows
have never worked correctly since day
one. I have givin up and have never
been able to get kia to fix the