Get the standard and it's a great little car
Replaced Defective Left Front Wheel Bearing at 48,000 km. Dealership dropped me off at home and picked me up a few hours later when it was done. Effortless.
No other problems.
We were swayed by all of the standard (on the LS) options, the drivability of the car, and the promises of the dealership to take care of any problems.
The Dealer has lived up to his promise and more, making our only trip in for warranty work effortless and pleasant. I would definitely buy another Kia if only for the dealership service. Compared to my last vehicle, an S-10 plagued by problems, this car has been a dream.
For any prospective buyers, get the manual transmission and you're good to go. Most problems seem to be with the automatic, and my wife taught herself how to drive the standard in less than two weeks. Its cheaper on gas, WAY more powerful, and a lot more fun to drive.
The only complaint I have is with the quality of the seats. After a few hours of driving they become quite uncomfortable, but that is true with virtually all small import cars.
The engine also revs quite high at 120 km/h (~70 mph) but it is not unbearable and the cruise does not budge when it is set, no matter how big the hill. Gas mileage is far better than the S10, but not stellar. About 35 mpg or so.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th April, 2004