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RE: Keeping 'em on the road (was RE: [T3] ethanol)

I drove an 02 Kia minivan, the paint was peeling off the plastic parts, the
drivers door handle was broken and it didn't idle properly, this was last
summer.  The last Hyundai was an 03 Sonata, it wasn't bad.... but it was
noisy and felt like it was give all she had when pushed at all.  The Korean
cars area A LOT better than they were 10 years ago, and the price is
certainly cheaper, but I don't get the impression that they will hold out
long term and I think the manf knows that and that is why they want to get
them all out of there before their reputation gets tarnished.  Maybe Im
wrong... its just my opinion and you know how everybody has one :-)  For
their price if you can get a good deal at trade in every 3 or 4 years maybe
it is a good deal.
Features sell cars right now and yes, the Koreans are onto something, lets
just hope that its not like the $40K grand caravan, who's gizmo's all seem
to be broken by the time its 4 or 5 years old and your stuck with a base


Keith, Have you ever driven a Hyundai, or a KIA?? I doubt it?? They are
a very good car that gets very good support by the dealers. I just got
done with a 1600 mile drive in my KIA in one weekend. It performed very
well, and got very good gas milage for a mid sized SUV. I even surprised
a Chevy Suburban driver, that I set the pace for, that he followed me
into a filling station for gas, and was surprised that I was getting
20mpg at the pace we were running. (80+mph).
Fit and finish is very good. Many features on the KIA Sorento, that you
cant get on a Detroit Iron. And all for less than $20K after trade of a
dead Cherokee.

Russ Wolfe
'71 FB AT
'66 FB MT
'64 T34 (not running)
'65 T1 (not running)
'05 KIA Sorento SUV

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