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Why do many mechanics still think Kia is junk? #5411468 04/23/20 05:48 PM
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I know Kias were bad prior to the late 2000s but some people still seem to think they are like they were back then.

I had a mechanic working on something and when it took longer than expected to repair it he mentioned that "Well, it is a Kia." And then he mentioned how dumb their engineers seem to be.

Are Kia's still regarded as unreliable and difficult to work on in mechanic circles?

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Re: Why do many mechanics still think Kia is junk? [Re: Whammo] #5411475 04/23/20 05:52 PM
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I'm sure there are mechanics that keep up with the field, but I've never met one. You didn't go to Scotty did you?

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Re: Why do many mechanics still think Kia is junk? [Re: csandste] #5411476 04/23/20 05:56 PM
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Originally Posted by csandste
I'm sure there are mechanics that keep up with the field, but I've never met one. You didn't go to Scotty did you?


Haha no I went a reliable one in town that my family has used for years but I was taken aback when he said that about Kias.

I actually saw a recent video by Scotty where he said Kia's have great transmissions and are pretty decent cars lol

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Re: Why do many mechanics still think Kia is junk? [Re: Whammo] #5411482 04/23/20 06:02 PM
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I think Nissan does absolutely stupid things and found products difficult to understand, mechanically, while my Mazda products have been very sensibly engineered. GM was also sensibly engineered. My Jeep was always too complex (2010 JGC) where it didn't need to be. The german influence was impossible to miss. My fords have been somewhere between gm and my jeep. I think it's also personality of the person doing the job and how they view things in a frame of what should be a certain way.

Re: Why do many mechanics still think Kia is junk? [Re: Whammo] #5411491 04/23/20 06:07 PM
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Mechanics like that are closed minded and stuck in a rut.

Re: Why do many mechanics still think Kia is junk? [Re: Whammo] #5411494 04/23/20 06:10 PM
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I found my Hyundai to be very sensibly engineered, with well laid out components. I was impressed at the little details sometimes too...things that they didn't have to do, but they did.

Re: Why do many mechanics still think Kia is junk? [Re: Whammo] #5411498 04/23/20 06:14 PM
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Two of the techs from the shop I owned drove a Hyundai and a KIA. They never really brought it up and were never late due to "car problems".. LOL
I remember turning wrenches on Excel's. They sold a lot because they were $5K. Reliability...meh.

Every manufacturer has it's woes though. My wife and I had to sue GM. Haven't bought one since. Now that the issues are worked out of my Ford, it's been good. I do like the 2.7L Ecoboost engine, but I may try another brand next time. (Ram for the interior and Toyota is on the list too).

My wife's Optima SXL has been awesome. The nappa interior is comfortable and quiet. It's quick too. We drove down to GA last summer to visit my wife's parents.
It was a comfortable and relaxing ride. We enjoy driving and it doesn't disappoint.

My wife is already considering a Stinger when it comes time to replace it (her sister just bought a Genesis G70). I sat in a few Tellurides, and man, they are excellent. I only wish they could squeeze another 1K lbs in towing capacity out of them. I think the Palisade might offer better deals and seems just as nice inside, but I'm not fond of the nose.

If I didn't currently have a company Escape and needed a daily driver, I would probably drive either of the two.


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Re: Why do many mechanics still think Kia is junk? [Re: Whammo] #5411506 04/23/20 06:22 PM
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Recently my nieces Kia engine had to be replaced because the knock sensor failed and that caused the engine to severely damage itself. Fortunately it was still under warranty. So yes Kia engines still do go bad.


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Originally Posted by JimPghPA
Recently my nieces Kia engine had to be replaced because the knock sensor failed and that caused the engine to severely damage itself. Fortunately it was still under warranty. So yes Kia engines still do go bad.

Wow, there was no "limp home" or failsafe value for the sensor input to prevent catastrophic engine damage?


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Re: Why do many mechanics still think Kia is junk? [Re: Whammo] #5411521 04/23/20 06:34 PM
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Re: Why do many mechanics still think Kia is junk? [Re: Whammo] #5411522 04/23/20 06:35 PM
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theres good + bad in all! girlfriends 13 malibu 2.5 LS non turbe very bad!!! her replacement a 2.4 Kia optima non turbo is great + unlike the malibu uses NO oil + just feels BETTER!!

Re: Why do many mechanics still think Kia is junk? [Re: Whammo] #5411529 04/23/20 06:44 PM
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Tons and tons of people do that for all different brands because they cannot accept the fact that a manufacturer doesn’t have to be stuck in the past and is allowed to improve and learn from their mistakes.


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Re: Why do many mechanics still think Kia is junk? [Re: Whammo] #5411534 04/23/20 06:47 PM
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Denial.


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Re: Why do many mechanics still think Kia is junk? [Re: Whammo] #5411541 04/23/20 06:57 PM
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Every bolt on my sister's Accent felt like it was driven in too tight, and I was afraid they'd snap while I worked on it.

It was four years old at the time.

IDK if they had metallurgy worked out as far as steel fasteners in aluminum blocks, or adequate antisieze etc.

I could see that making the car frustrating to work on, by reputation.

Re: Why do many mechanics still think Kia is junk? [Re: Whammo] #5411560 04/23/20 07:23 PM
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Those Kias break down because the owners used wax filled Pennzoil that should have been changed every 3K miles.


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