Not defending KIA, IG, but where'd you hear that? I mean, they're not fabulous, but not as bad, as say, a Ford.
Consumer Reports Worst Cars of 2008 :
Most economy vehicles do fell like that. But then, my friend has a 1991 Hyundai Excel, bought new, and it was
pretty decent for what it was. It ran, ran well, and was an ok vehicle.
One of the few problems I'd had with my Saturn was the speedometer. They required me to leave the vehicle at the dealership for a day so they could special-order a new one with the odometer set to the same number as the broken one. This dealer didn't have a loaner fleet, instead they just had a deal with a local car rental place to provide a loaner at their expense. I ended up with a Kia Sportage. Here are some of my experiences with that vehicle:
* Four wheel drive doesn't help, if the engine doesn't have enough guts to make it up the hill in the first place.
* Rattle, rattle, rattle, rattle, rattle, rattle, rattle, rattle.
* The lift gate wouldn't stay all the way closed. Driving faster than 15 mph made the "door open" light flicker on and off as the lift gate shifted around.
This wasn't a long-abused rental vehicle either -- the odometer showed less than 10,000 miles.
I had some friends in Delaware who bought a Kia shortly afterwards, despite my warning them that they were crap. They regretted it every time it died on the road and ruined their day or weekend plans, and cost them more and more to keep it on the road.
Hmm.... ell, thanks for the heads-up - we were actually thinking of purcahsing a newer vehicle in the next year or so, andthe Sportage WAS one
of the ones we were looking at.
Maybe we'll just get the International CXT. <grin>
I know, I know, I know - absolutely impractical, absolutely stupid - but I'd love to have a everyday wehicle that
would make Hummer owners fell like THEY'RE driving a Smart car... - I'd be tailgating every Hummer owner I see
just to let them know what it feels like when they do that. :)
This wasn't a long-abused rental vehicle either -- the odometer showed
less than 10,000 miles.
One can do plenty of damage in less than 10,000 miles. :-)
esp to a rental car.
So I went to the store and bought replacement inserts.
Finally got around to replacing the wiper blades when I noticed that only the right one was falling apart, the left one was perfectly fine.
Upon closer inspection I also noticed that the mount for the blade was different between the left and the right.
Which is the most likely scenario
1) I only replaced one blade last time and completely forgot I did that, since it's not really my style.
2) some schmuck piece of shit swiped my blade while my car was parked somewhere.
I'm going to go with option 2 because as we have found many time before, most people suck.
As per the Mythbusters :
"A Rental car is transportation."
"A Rental car with insurance is entertainment."
You just KNOW when they said that, every single rental car agency in America winced....
I've been ritualistically abusing rental cars with or without insurance since I was able to rent one.
The way I figure is this:
Nobody owns those cars. It is not my car, is is not your car, and it is not bob's car.
It is a number of a picee of paper.
That number has a dollar value. When the age or mileage is such that the value falls below a certain threshhold, the number is sold or wholesaled or given to some process that deals with converting the number into cash.
If something bad happens to the car the 'fix the car' process is implemeted. It is sent to the shop. Nobody cares about the car getting fixed, it will get fixed and somebody's insurance is going to pay for it then it will get rented again.
At no point does a single human ever have any warm squishy feelgood sensation towards any rental vehicle, because no PERSON ever owned it.
It belongs to a company which is also a bunch of numbers on a bunch of pieces of paper.
And those rental companies are damn well aware of what people are doing to their cars and they factor that into the price.
So really, if you DON'T beat on the car, you're being charged extra because of those who do, so you might as well engjoy it.
There is abuse and then there is abuse Ford. If you decide to return your rental car like this, and have no rental insurance, rest assured that number is coming out of your wallet :
I've heard horror stories about Kia's. Like, 2 auto tranny's are junk before the warranty ran out, the 3rd needed work. Some folks buy these cars because they don't ask around. I don't own one and will avoid having one. With Volks, a buyer should avoid cars with the 01M auto tranny, if you're keeping it for the long haul. Like, 10 years or a million miles. They will last 200,000 with care, changing fluid every 2-3 years. That 'permanently sealed fluid' needing no care is not true.
Ford, can YOUR WRX do that? Why can't my Outback do that. Jeez.
One thing I have a problem with in that video is the amount of sliding that involved spinning on the front end. Impossible in an awd cars.
There are lots of things he did that seem plausible simply because he was going so fast, none of the wheels had grip, so yes, you can slide sideways the entire width of a building if you are going fast enough.
But those slow maneuvers for example around the guy with the segway, I just can't see it. It would require that the front wheels weren't spinning, and that's not supposed to happen in that are.
But it was heavily modified so who knws what they did.
Now my z4... THAT can car can do those things.