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I purchased the car new in March of 2003 and after a month needed to use the air conditioning. What a disaster, it killed the car completely and the dealer assures me that this is a characteristic of the car and not a fault. Trading standards and I are of a different opinion and are trying to get the car replaced. Basic fault is that when air con is switched on ( which comes on automatically if you wish to demist the screen) the thing takes so much power that the car becomes very sluggish and acts as if it has kangaroo juice in it. It has been back to the dealer 5 times and each time they say it has no faults, the latest ploy is to blame my "driving style", no car in my last 24 years has been affected though! As requested by a couple of people an edit is being added. The car in general is as good as I could expect given the low purchase price. It is fairly rapid getting to 60 in under ten seconds, ride is hard but I think this could be improved by changing the Hankook tyres for a better make. Looks Ok and the economy ranges between 25 around town and 37 on a run. Switch in air con though and it really struggles to get up hills and economy falls drastically to between 18 and 30 MPG. I measured the performance with and without aircon - without a 0-60 of 9.6 is achievable but with it on it rises to 13.2 seconds. In what I would decribe as normal driving conditions it jumps when you remove your foot from the accelerator and jumps again when you put your foot back on. The dealer assures me this is because it has no throttle cable but instead is electronic.
Just an update on the car from hell. It has broken down 9 times, been recovered back to the dealer 4 times on a lorry. They can find nothing wrong. The service manager expained why: Each time the engine has a successful start followed by a normal switch off it clears the diagnostic logs so unless they can get to it at the roadside they will never find a fault. Anyone want to buy a pile of crap?
orabomb 16.08.2003 18:16
It's terrible when your car's air-conditioning packs in, especially since it costs so much and the summers are continually getting hotter
mattdibb 16.08.2003 02:06
Welcome to Ciao! A nice first op, although what else do you have to say about the car? I've often wondered about Cars made by companies like Kia and Daewoo etc, so I'd definetly be interested to hear what else you thought about this car! Perhaps an edit is in order? If so leave a message in my guessbook please! Matt