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11/5/09 2:20 PM
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jodienda
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Can't believe I'm writing this about a Kia - but I saw their new Koup (not a typo) at a local dealer and took one for a test drive. It was the SX model with leather seats and 6 speed 174HP engine.

Drove really nice - much nicer than the Civic LX and EX's I've been test driving. Hit 80 easily on an entrance ramp; drove quiet and shifted smooth.

Leather interior looked good and you'd think this was a Civic SI if you passed it and sneezed.

For that money ($17k Base) and warranty (10 year 100k bumper to bumper), seems like its worth a look.

I've been looking at 8th generation civics, but have been scared off by widespread owner outrage over shoddy manual transmissions and crappy suspension.

I know, it's a fucking KIA, but check it out, I was impressed.

http://www.kia.com/#/2010forte?page=power&vehicle=koup


Any UG'ers pick one of these up yet?
11/15/09 12:41 PM
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Love the car but it really seems like a chick to me. Has that "cute" sports car look. Really impressed with the new Kia/Hyundai's though. It's like they're saying, "Well, Toyota, Honda, Ford, etc are doing it like this. Lets do it the same or better and for less."
11/16/09 1:47 PM
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jodienda
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The black SX 6 speed drove really really, surprisingly well, quite a bit better than than the non-SI Civics I tried out.

Felt weird and wrong enjoying this car as much as I did, though, like kissing a transsexual and liking it.
11/26/09 8:36 AM
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Because of the extra long warranty, the maintenance costs are ridiculous. At least here in Europe.
11/26/09 9:43 AM
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NorthFromHere - Because of the extra long warranty, the maintenance costs are ridiculous. At least here in Europe.


Interesting! My wife is considering one... I'll have to look into that. Thanks for the heads up NFH.
2/9/10 3:41 AM
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Roy Batty
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LgFriess - 
NorthFromHere - Because of the extra long warranty, the maintenance costs are ridiculous. At least here in Europe.


Interesting! My wife is considering one... I'll have to look into that. Thanks for the heads up NFH.


I *THINK* that by law in the US, they can't void your warranty for maintenance done by anyone certified to do it. There was a brochure about it at the place I used to get oil changes at. The law could've changed though.
2/9/10 3:42 AM
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Pretty much means you can't DIY or go to a "shade-tree" mechanic though, most likely.
2/23/10 1:26 PM
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You can do everything yourself but you have to document each service and the parts used. Not a big deal.
3/3/10 1:31 PM
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the only time a mfgr can deny a warranty for not doing maintenance with them is if they pay for it like BMW does

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