The Working Mans Car
Clutch parts master and slave cylinder needed replacement.
All new front brakes, rotors and pads.
Spark plugs, new wires, cap and rotor.
Both front CV joints.
Radio (original was stolen).
Timing belt kit.
Extensive exhaust work.
Both CV joints.
I bought this car in 2005 for $1700 from a college kid when I just needed something to drive. I have abused and driven the snot out of this thing for years, and it's still going.
It's needed a few parts here and there, but besides the water pump, nothing too major. I chose to replace the timing belt while the mechanic was replacing the water pump. The other repairs I have been able to do myself.
Parts are often not in stock at the parts house, but can be ordered next day delivery. The air cleaner is now not in stock at most auto parts stores, but the oil and fuel filter are still readily available.
All in all, a great car for the money. Kia's don't have a very good resale value, so you can pick up a used one very cheap. Buy the book on this car, and learn to do a lot of the repairs yourself. The car has a lot of little issues and squeaks, and my dash has started to peal. Not to mention, the seats are uncomfortable on long road trips.
At this point, I'm just driving it and replacing parts until the engine blows or the transmission gives out. I don't know when that will happen, but hopefully I can turn 200000 miles on it first.
I would definitely buy another KIA in the future.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th December, 2010