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cski

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cski
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mid-size sedans/sport sedans
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2012 Kia Optima EX
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  • Re: Midsize Sedans 2.0

    TSBs are not warranty items unless they specifically direct the dealer to warranty something. They are usually just "advisory" to the dealer, and he can ignore them if he wishes.
    That is true, but fortunately my car is still under factory bumper to bumper warranty, and over time the tip of the 12,500PSI (a guess but some are u to 17,000PSI ) pump just blew its seal or seals. Now, I drive like Mario Andretti, so I was grateful they replaced it under warranty. Just the other week they covered $1,400worth of replacing my fuel cap door that opens by pushbutton.....but is run by a cable that runs all the way down the door, right next to the trunk release. There is a tip that holds it shut made of plastic...and it decided to break off...But I backed into a pole in a parking deck, and the next fill up it broke. No other damage; but they replaced it and said they replace about 2 a month. I wonder if they are metal now, Wouldn't that make more sense? Crap Chinese part. You would not believe how much Chinese parts are in most Asian cars. It just depends on what parts and how many. There are a few exceptions....very few. Kia and Hyundai build 100% of their 2.4 and 2.0 Turbo engines by scratch...then ship to America to trust us fat, lazy Americans to bolt in. LOL.
  • Re: Midsize Sedans 2.0

    midsize/full-size car sales in April....

    Camry 34,039

    Accord 31,526

    Altima 28,484

    Malibu 21,763

    Fusion 20,730

    Sonata 15,211

    Optima 11,224

    200 7,591

    Passat 5,629

    Legacy 5,591

    Mazda6 3,929
    Anyone else think the the Chrysler 200c is a good looking car? Kind of like an Audi A4 copy?
  • Re: Midsize Sedans 2.0

    midsize/full-size car sales in April....

    Camry 34,039

    Accord 31,526

    Altima 28,484

    Malibu 21,763

    Fusion 20,730

    Sonata 15,211

    Optima 11,224

    200 7,591

    Passat 5,629

    Legacy 5,591

    Mazda6 3,929
    Anyone else think the the Chrysler 200c is a good looking car? Kind of like an Audi A4 copy?
  • Re: Midsize Sedans 2.0

    @cski said:
    Oh I know man, Shack was just poured into that car. Now I want to see Shack in Peel P50. (smallest car in the world).

    Maybe they can use Gold Bond "car insertion powder".

  • Re: Midsize Sedans 2.0

    @m6user said:
    I'm glad I don't have to buy either one. I really don't like the Fusion look as it copies Aston way too much in the front and the rear just doesn't work. They aren't bad but the Mazda6 and Accord are best looking for now from the outside IMO. I like the Optima and new 200 for interiors. The Fusion and Sonata interiors are least liked by me. Looks are not dependent on resale value or reliability so that shouldn't enter the equation besides for the fact that looks are absolutely subjective. So it's kind of silly to try and say one is the best looking because of vastly different tastes. State what you like but don't try to say "mine is the best". Sounds too much like bragging to me.

    If you took a poll of auto writers and most consumers just based on seeing pictures I would guess the Mazda6 would come out on top. But as stated, that is a guess.

    Every review of the Mazda 6 goes on and on about its sublime handling, braking, powertrain responsiveness such as always selecting the right gear when it is needed. This plus a really nice body puts the 6 on top of most reviews.

    However, none of the conservative paint colors accentuate the curves of the body, the wheels are not attractive on all but the top end GT model which "rewards" its owner with a "race tuned" 186 HP.

    Really Mazda? $30 thousand with 186 HP? I swear I heard Mazda has this "Mazdaspeed" team that adds turbochargers to production engines., but maybe I'm imagining things?

    Next, the interior. The interior quality of the 6, with the Audi style MMI knob controlling center stack functions looks exactly the same as the 3. On the Mazda 6 however, the same Mazda 3 hard plastic abounds, LED center stack displays are tiny, look cheap, and the overall layout is not up to par with many competitors.

    All this for over $30,000.

    Listen up Mazda: Fix the interior, boost the 2.5 just 10 psi to 245 hp, and you have one heck of a great car. Until then, I am installing coilovers and a strut tower brace to experience the suspension improvements that come standard on the Mazda 6. The 6 is a great car. Just fix up the interior Mazda!

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