"I put 130+ miles on this car 6 days of the week, usually during the day its constantly running or fired up, its an acquired look that you hate/love no matter how beat up she gets, no real problems other than no gas which I've gotten 101 miles on an empty tank, this car is so reliable you will want to keep it running and mod it up, I'm already doing an engine transplant when or if the stock gives out, its worth its cheap price and if you take care of this car it will take care of you, and put 89 in the tank and change with synthetic if your running it all day in the heat"
Pros: "Gas mileage, convenience, size, large trunk"
Cons: "No cup holders in back seat"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have used this car for many road trips visiting family in several states. I've only had to replace the battery twice and no major mechanical issues. It's been in a couple of accidents and it still runs great! I trust my car over any new vehicle out there."
"Aside from replacing the tires and batteries, I've had few repair bills and the engine still runs great at 90,000. The body, however, is in poor shape. The paint is bad and the insulation is coming off around the hatchback. At least I no longer have to care about dings and dents after a couple of kind people have dented it in parking lots."
Pros: "Reliable, fun to drive, cheap to fix, good price"
Cons: "Temperature sensitive, paint fades on plastic."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Today, I rolled over the 294,000 mile mark and its still driving as good as it did when I bought it with 22,000 miles. I bought it as a program car and still had the warranty. Its had regular services as recommended and ALWAYS been performed by a KIA certified mechanic. I love the 2.0L 4 cylinder engine for its power going up hills and long grades, it is actually quite fun to take a drive through the mountains. It does have a sensitivity to temperature, 50s and 60s it tends to sound rough but it still does well and never disappoints. Other than the normal maintenance, it was in the shop once for a L-R solenoid replacement in the transmission which just cost about $500 to fix, no big deal. The interior is still doing well, the radio amazingly still does great and the sound system is great as I am a heavy metal fan. It does need a few small superficial fixes here and there and I will probably get on that soon, again, no big deal. Its a great car and Ive more than got my money`s worth from it. The key is making sure its been taken care of BEFORE you get it and staying current on all maintenance after you buy it. If you do you will be sharing this experience yourself."