This is the Result of my Wife's Search, she was after another car to keep as Backup vehicle, since the Series of Unfortunate Events that we faced with our Beloved Subaru "BumbleBeast" after the 7.3 degree Earthquake... and my '69 coupé is at my parents' home, far away...
► As usual in all my posts, underlined words are web links to further information on the subject.
I wanted to buy a Local -Honduran- '90 Legacy with LADM (Latin American Domestic Market) Specs, means that its EJ20 engine came from factory with an Hitachi Carburetor and Distributor, and its 5 speed manual transmission has Dual Range; you can see Photos and a Video of that, in the following thread, ~► Here.
But between my Wife and I, the only one who liked it was me... also Subaru doesn't have Dealer Support nor aftermarket support anymore in my Country, so to obtain spare parts for Subarus became difficult here; you can read more about that "fading" Subaru Dealer situation, ~► Here.
So, we needed a Second Car, especially after our baby Daughter was born; and our "New" car shall have plenty Dealership and aftermarket support to avoid the problem of Lack of spare parts that I'm facing with my Subaru; and also we were on a very low budget; so after searching in internet, we won an Auction at the COPART website and we obtained this used 2000 Kia sephia Sporty sedan.
It was Ridiculously Cheap: $ 300.ºº US Dollars for the Car plus another $ 300.ºº for the Delivery inside a Container, on a Merchant Vessel from Georgia (USA) to Honduras (Central-America) we're very near; then we just paid the cheap import taxes... and Kias are pretty abundant here, just like toyotas, they have plenty of Dealership and aftermarket support, mainly because Kias has been sold in Honduras / central america, since the 1970's decade.
The car came with a minor Hit on the upper part of the front trunk, like if it hit the rear of a big pick up truck's trailer hitch; and has faded paint, but also it has a Very Clean interior that looks like if only the driver used the car, and never had any passengers.
I know that older Kias are considered Junk in USA, but they have improved the Overall Quality in Recent years, I think from year 2000 they're Much better than the previous models used to be for sure; but still Kias are Cheap cars, and Used cars are very Expensive in my Country, so that Kia was a good bargain for us.
The Question is: Does Anybody at this Club, have Experience with Kias / Kia Sephia?
This sedan has an 1.8L DOHC MPFi in-line 4 cylinder, 16 valves, non-interference Engine; 4 speed Automatic transmission with Overdrive, Sporty mode; comes with chromed 15" wheels, rear spoiler and a CD Stereo, but it has Missing its Faceplate.
Any Advice will be Very Welcome! ( Edit: it has Around 111,000 Miles)
Edited by Loyale 2.7 Turbo, 26 May 2015 - 11:23 AM.