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by glorioussnookie  Apr 13, 2014

Enjoyed the article on Subaru of Wichita very much! Brought a smile to me and I am sure many others! Hope you are having a Blessed Sunday! Gloria

by GoGoGoodyear  Mar 16, 2014

friends with my Dad have a Kia mini van. They liked the first one so much they traded it in and bought another, and then another so they are on their third one. You can see this two ways; either they are good mini vans or this couple didn't own those long enough to experience any serious problems. Good luck with your new car purchase!

by GoGoGoodyear  Mar 16, 2014

Yes, bad experience with all of those Kias. Some things like the front axle CV joints and wheel bearings should have lasted much longer, like they do on other brands. I'm original owner of a 1987 Toyota pickup. 27 years almost 200,000 miles and I have never needed to replace any wheel bearings. My sister bought a new Honda Civic in 1998 and has never had to replace the front axles or CV joints. Things like that and putting the trunk lock on the lid so everyone hits their head on it are signs of weak engineering and barely good enough parts designed to just squeak by the warranty period before failing. I'm told that new Kia warranty is now 100,000 miles where it was around 80,000 on the Rio back in 2006. That's a good sign since the strength of a warranty shows how much faith a company has in their products, but they won't get me to invest in another Kia to find out. I just remembered this morning that a couple who are

by GoGoGoodyear  Mar 16, 2014

is just a tiny bit below the Full mark, so always adding brake fluid; it doesn't leak it just goes down as brake pads wear out from normal driving but when light comes on there is still plenty of fluid in reservoir. - - - had to break this up there seems to be a limit of 990 characters on the whiteboard.

by GoGoGoodyear  Mar 16, 2014

warning one to be careful not to hit their head on the trunk lock. All the cars have a thin cover over the spare tire well in the trunk covered by carpet; styrofoam spacers glued to underside of cover hold up the cover away from the spare tire and prevent the cover from sagging when things are put in the trunk, but the styrofoam pieces break or come unglued and the covers sag into the spare tire. Interiors feel very plasticky and cheap especially Mother in laws 2-door sedan and the Sephia. Small plastic things inside have become brittle and break off, for example the little clips that hold the sun visors in place or handle that unlocks door from inside. There was something about the windshield wipers or wiper motor on the Rio, can't remember. Cheap oil dipstick on all of them is not flat but a wire that is flattened a little on the end; very hard to see the oil level. Dashboard brake warning light comes on if brake reservoir

by GoGoGoodyear  Mar 16, 2014

clear coat started peeling, then paint turned black on roof and hood. Sephia dashboard started coming unglued around windshield defroster vents and now bulges up toward glass in front of both defrost vents, looks like two air scoops. Also has weird little rattles that can't be tracked down. Sephia must not be made to handle hot Southern California summers. The Sephia literally eats front brakes. It turns out 1999 model (and others) were designed with front brakes too small for weight of car. There was a class action lawsuit over this, but all everyone got was a coupon for one brake job discount at the dealer. We didn't get the coupon since not original owner and used car. Stupid engineers put Sephia trunk lock mechanism in the trunk lid not the trunk floor; it protrudes about 3 inches down from edge of trunk and someone always hits their head on it when reaching in the trunk; ironically there is a big yellow sticker inside the trunk lid

by GoGoGoodyear  Mar 16, 2014

was just barely out of warranty, but the warranty should have been extended for the new computer put in the 1st time, finally got dealer to agree to replace it 2nd time and split the cost, dealer paid for part and we paid labor. Front axle CV joints went bad on one side at around 45,000 miles. Replaced at dealer-not under warranty; about 25,000 miles later CV joints on other side started going bad, and maybe a front wheel bearing too. Torque converter swash plate (or spider coupling) replaced by dealer due to recall; ever since then the engine sounds funny when accelerating but dealer says it's ok. Sephia is plagued by numerous electrical problems such as brake lights stop working, oil pressure light stays on all the time but oil pressure is ok, dome light keeps burning out, ignition coil pack goes bad, etc. I fix them as they happen then the same thing or something else comes up. Sephia paint went bad at one point and

by GoGoGoodyear  Mar 16, 2014

Niece had 2006 Kia Rio loaded with all the options, new from dealer; Dad had 1999 Sephia, bought used (trade-in) from Kia dealer; Mother in law had 2003-ish? (I think) Kia's entry level 2 door sedan, don't remember the model, also new from dealer. All cars were maintained 'by the book' especially the new ones so as not to void warranties. There were so many problems between the 3 cars I can't remember them all but here's some: rear wheel bearings went bad at 50,000 miles (they're front wheel drive so rear bearings are idlers, not much wear and tear on them). Power steering pump failed in first 3 years. Electric window motor. Automatic transmission computer, twice. Dealer tried to weasel out of warranty by claiming we used the wrong trans fluid, but we had proof in writing that the oil change shop that flushed the trans used the correct fluid as spec by Kia for that year and model. In any case trans fluid would not make the trans computer go bad. The second time

by Royski  Mar 08, 2014

Thanks for your note. A couple of years ago I counted the number of devices I had to change (yes, including my car's clock). I forget the exact number, but recall it being about 1.5 dozen. It's nonsense! I agree with you it's better to stick with a single time, although I'd prefer standard time (high noon is noon) rather than daylight time (high noon is 1:00). Roy

by bell05  Feb 24, 2014

Just remember, just need one post a day to keep your string going. David

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