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So my car is still my baby with only 56,500 (roughly) miles and since I bought the extended warranty, and my mileage is so low, the dealer is going to fix the A/C (again) as an ongoing problem at no cost. However, in order to pass inspection, I took it to Midas and they replaced all 4 brake pads and did a synthetic oil change, and rotated my tires. Immediately I ordered Nakamoto Zinc infused cross drilled and slotted rear and cross drilled , slotted, and vented front rotors as the originals are warped front and terribly rear. Since I already have the front rotors and I am thrilled with the way they look, I can't wait to get them all installed. They are made by the OEM manufacturer Nakamoto.

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2012 Kia Optima EX
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  • Re: Midsize Sedans 2.0

    I made my annual pilgrimage to the Greater Twin Cities Auto Show yesterday. For the first time in many years, I spent almost no time looking at mid-sized sedans, because there's very little new in that realm. I went to check out the new Camry, but all they had was a sports model on a tilted, rotating platform (read: can't get inside) that was absolutely hideous, IMO. It was white with black roof and black trim and wheels. My oldest son was put off by the looks also, and I told him the lower trims might look better. He noted it looked "angry" in front, and in fact a lot of cars including most Toyotas seem to have that "angry" nose these days.

    I spent most of my time looking at new small cars like the Hyundai Ioniq (my younger son's favorite car from the show, and one of my favorites also), the Kia Niro (another favorite of mine), the Toyota iA (the only Toyota I'd consider buying except the 86), the Mazda3, the Civic hatchback (I like the old style Civic hatches better), and the Impreza ($27k and no rear center armrest??), and small SUVs like the new CR-V (nicely done inside and out), Tucson, Sportage, CX-5, HR-V (love the magic seats!), and Rogue Sport (like a Rogue but with a cramped rear seat).

    I won't need to get a new car for myself or my wife for at least 3 years, but if I had to get one today (e.g. car is totaled in an accident) I'd probably get an Ioniq or Niro or slightly used Mazda3 for myself and a slightly used CX-5 or HR-V for my wife (she needs the higher seating position of an SUV and doesn't like driving a brand new vehicle).
    Angry "faces" on sports or sporty cars/sports cars/muscle cars have been a selling point for 60 years...and now appear on almost every car...as kids with little money want either an angry, or a funky car. If I was a kid I would go for a Veloster....and if insurance prevented that a Mazda 3 Coupe or hatchback.
    The Neon sold with its "HAPPY" face. Of course owners weren't happy if they kept them past the warranty period.
    I think many Neon owners were not happy with their cars even under warranty.I bet complaints like "My mirror fell off" or "The hood blew off in the wind and the engine ejected", etc etc. etc were common. (well maybe not EXACTLY the examples I quoted), but you get the idea.
  • Re: Hits the 20,000-Mile Mark and Gets Its Last Service - 2016 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

    I really don't understand the point of making appointments if you have to wait in line. They must get their advice from doctor's offices. How about you tell me that if I bring it in a week from now at 2pm, I'll be first in line ahead of someone that just showed up otherwise. I see dealerships bragging all the time about their "express services" acting like you'll be in and out in 15 minutes. Yeah, right.
    You know, my Kia Service department is pretty posh and they always give me a free oil change, and a car wash after with tire shine and everything.They have a killer coffee machine that makes fresh Mocha, iced Coffee, Vanilla Mocha...and the beans are ground right in front of you. I don't mind sitting in the waiting room, watching Netflix on the Free WiFi, and by the time my Cafe' Mocha is finished...so is my car.
  • 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?