I bought this car new in Sept. 2001. I have had the same problems as most on this site. I had the car in and out of the shop for 5 weeks in spring of 2004 for alternator problems - dealership replaced alternator 4 times before one would charge the battery. Then the dealership leaves the old battery in and leaves me stranded again. Both passenger side sliding door and driver side sliding door rollers and handles have been replaced. The passenger side 2. The air bag light has come on and had to fight with KIA warranty to replace. The air conditioner has gone out on it. I have gone through several calipers and brake pads and there is still a grinding and knocking noise in the front end. Now the worst problem - at 99,000 and a little over the motor has gone out and KIA refuses to replace even though I still have a warranty. They claim I do not have a good maintenance record and then after I fax them the oil change tickets, they claim now that they all do not have the VIN # on tickets so now I am stuck with this piece of junk and it doesn't even run.
This will be the last KIA I ever own. I have numerous problems - way too many to mention. KIA brags about their 100,000 mile warranty, but everytime we have had to have repairs done to the car we have to have an argument to even get things fixed. I also purchased with the car an extended bumper to bumper warranty to 100,000 miles and still KIA refuses to pay for most things that are supposedly warranty work. In my opinion there is actually no warranty at all because they do not honor the warranty. Please do not buy a KIA - save yourself the grief and headache!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th January, 2007