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.....and it ain't an escort, at least not the type I was hoping my other thread would revert to. But it's done.

I wanted the used Mercedes diesel, but everyone pitched a fit that I wanted it. Then I found the Cadillac SUV. The fit pitching started again. I found this one up near work. Test drove it, liked it, bought it. Didn't say snit to anyone. Just drove it home. The fit pitchin' wasn't too bad.

I hope the dash is correct. Says I was getting 38.9 mpg average. That will make the 70 mile drive home more bearable. The truck, fill it, drive it home, then back to work, it was pretty much out of gas.

Plus now I can finally start on the truck restoration.
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Dang son, you turning tree hugging hippy?
 

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And stealth gray too, slick. What the hell is it anyway (I stopped keeping track of brands last century).
 

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It’s a base model Kia Forte. Not new, but lightly used. Full warranty dealership car. I don’t normally get along well with compacts, but this one is actually roomy. I have always said I will buy a compact that gets 40 miles to the gallon if I could find one that was comfortable. This one nearly fits the bill. It showed 39.9 mpg on the trip home Thursday. It’s showing 36.5 mpg just driving it around here at home.

I was actually in the process of buying a Dodge Journey when I saw this one and asked to drive it. I immediately liked it. Was doing the paperwork when it was halted. A young lady was already working a deal. Was going back to the Journey when they said she could not get financing. I signed on the dotted line and took it home.

Pretty happy so far. And while I did get the "Why do you get the new car?" question, there has really not been any fussing much at all.
 

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We have a 2012 Honda Civic that's been cross country, is comfortable, and is capable of 43 MPG on interstates in the hills. Takes forever to run through a tank of gas and that makes it easy to like. When I need a truck, there's the Tacoma. This is no hybrid either. Why do people buy hybrids?.....because they like to be in the way by driving less than the speed limit and hug trees every chance they get while paying through through the nose for them. Wait till the battery goes out....
 

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Holy shit! That Journey would have been a money pit of epic proportions!

Nice car!!
 
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Well, I owned an ‘84 Escort and a 2012 KIA. I’d much rather have the KIA. The Escort struggled to make 40 up a slight hill, had no AC, manual steering, manual windows, manual choke, AM radio, and I had to firmly place my back against the seat and stomp the brakes for all I was worth to stop in a hurry. It was also so light that my cousin and I could lift the rear bumper and move the car anywhere we wanted on level ground. On a brighter note, though, I could put $10 gas in it and drive for two weeks. The KIA is a much nicer vehicle.
 

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We have a 2012 Honda Civic that's been cross country, is comfortable, and is capable of 43 MPG on interstates in the hills. Takes forever to run through a tank of gas and that makes it easy to like. When I need a truck, there's the Tacoma. This is no hybrid either. Why do people buy hybrids?.....because they like to be in the way by driving less than the speed limit and hug trees every chance they get while paying through through the nose for them. Wait till the battery goes out....
Not sure what you were trying to convey, but the Forte is not a hybrid. Straight gasoline.
 

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I haven't had any issues with our KiAs
I have, with our Sorrento. It couldn't stand up to the spousal units driving. Of course, as I told her, a Sherman tank could not stand up to her driving.

She would shift the car from reverse to forward while the car was still rolling. Took a while, but she finally broke it.
 

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I have, with our Sorrento. It couldn't stand up to the spousal units driving. Of course, as I told her, a Sherman tank could not stand up to her driving.

She would shift the car from reverse to forward while the car was still rolling. Took a while, but she finally broke it.
You still love her
 

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nice choice. I don't have a Kia, but we are on our 4th or 5th Hyundai. Same Company. We like em. The quality is great. Have had great luck with them all. Very low cost of ownership.
 

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IMHO KIA's make a pretty solid vehicle. I've owned a couple of Lexus 400 series, and a 300 Lexis and they are REEEEALLY nice. But a KIA Cadenza or K900 come darn close in luxury, comfort, reliabilty, and perfomance, and still $20k less. I would have no problem buying a new or used KIA.
 

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Similar to what I settled on, 2017 Ford Escape Titanium 4wd... leather, every option in the book...

 

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...had no AC, manual steering, manual windows, manual choke, AM radio, and I had to firmly place my back against the seat and stomp the brakes for all I was worth to stop in a hurry...
With the exception of no AC (Ok in California, not so much here in Florida) - this sounds like my dream vehicle!
 

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nice choice. I don't have a Kia, but we are on our 4th or 5th Hyundai. Same Company. We like em. The quality is great. Have had great luck with them all. Very low cost of ownership.
I am looking possibly at a Hyundai Ioniq or Sonata car purchase in the next few years. We shall see what happens.
 
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Y’all not scared of black boxes and GPS data loggers in newer cars?

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Y'all not scared of black boxes and GPS data loggers in newer cars?

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No but I'm scared of all the tiny circuit boards that go bad for a $400 repair job on these electronic wonders. I do business with a company that makes tooling for circuit board assembly and automation and he says to keep your old cars unless you trade before warranty expiration. I'm scared of turbo engines with tiny displacement, direct injection and putting out the power at a zillion RPM's and lasting less than 100K miles. My Honda has the R18 engine. No turbo, 43 mpg capable, looks new, drives new, never been in the shop but to drain and replace tranny fluid every 30k miles. Has room for the shotgun and a pocket for the CC pistole behind the passenger seat too.
 
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