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KIA Sportage 3 Year Lease — We ‘Grounded’ SUV with 27 Days To Spare & 7K Miles Under.

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by Anura Guruge


A Few Related posts:
>> AutoServ KIA Belmont, NH.
>> KIA (USA): Duplicitous
>> KIA Sedona: Do NOT lease.
>> KIA lies about milage.

++++ Search ‘KIA’ for the many, many other posts  >>>>


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This, the last weekend of May, has been quite the weekend for us — by design. June, with June 27 Deanna’s birthday, tends to be a ‘landmark’ month for us. As it happened, couple of key things were coming to their expiration in June 2015.

One was the detested DirecTV two-year contract that was coming to an end on June 21, 2015. The other was the 3-year, 36,000 mile KIA Sportage lease which we signed for on Deanna’s birthday 3 years ago and as such was terminating on June 27, 2015.

With BOTH DirecTV and KIA I wanted to terminate AHEAD of the expiration, albeit for different reasons. I just detested DirecTV and wanted OUT as soon as possible. And that I managed after 4 phone calls and one chat session.

Leased vehicles in New Hampshire have arbitrary registration ‘months’ independent of the birthday of the leasee — whereas with vehicles you purchase the registration month is keyed to the owner’s birthday. The KIA Lease registration month — which also ties into the State inspection month — is May. So the KIA registration/inspection were both expiring today, May 31.

I was in no mood to register the KIA for 3 weeks and go through an inspection. Just was not worth it. Was easier and cheaper just to return it 3 weeks early. The KIA lease terms permit this. you can return a lease 28 days ahead of expiration. So that is what I did.

All worked out.

Returning the KIA, to Autoserv Belmont, was a pleasure and joy.

The Sales manager at KIA Autoserv Belmont, Tim Paradis, is ‘A-OK’!

IF I had met him before I might have leased another KIA. He was good. Very personable, likeable … HONEST guy. Trust me. I, in my old age, an impeccable judge of character. Tim Paradis was good. We liked him (even before we discovered that he likes Jaguars and has owned some). IF you want a car go see Tim at Autoserv Belmont.

I have nothing against KIA (or for that matter Hyundai) vehicles. Mechanically and functionally they are ultra-reliable and rugged. Never had a single problem with the KIA — but we also only drove it for 28,500 miles. Very reliable and dependable. All of my issues are with the people and the Company. Tim Paradis was a pleasant exception. I guess KIA folks are under huge pressure to perform and as such end up acting weird — and that is being polite.

As I suspected would happen (I knowing how leasing works) Autoserv promptly BOUGHT the car from KIA Lease when we returned it. That was a given with the low milage. To be fair they got a bargain. Even I toyed with the idea of buying from KIA and then trying to sell. But, with my luck I would have lost money.

So that is the end of the KIA. Doubt whether KIA will figure in our lives anytime soon. But ANOTHER Jag might!.


‘MarketWatch’ Report Cites The ‘Mini’ As The Car With Most SAFETY Complaints. I Am Not Surprised.

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Click to access MarketWatch report. Interesting reading. Hyundai has the least complaints of the 10 listed! That is why we have been buying them for the last 7 years.


Though I grew up and lived in Britain when the (original) Mini was all the rage, I never liked it. Though I was never that big, I found it claustrophobic even from the outside. I am sure I have never driven one and really can’t remember ever getting inside one — which is kind of strange because it really was the most popular car around when I was going to school and university.

That people can have sex in a Mini has always amazed me — partly because I was a member of a group of Triumph sports car owners (in the 1970s) whose mission was to publicize the best ways to have sex in Spitfires, TR6s and TR7s as a public service to others.

But a Mini? Why would you? Isn’t there no shame?

Anyway …

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A notion popular in the 1970s in the U.K. when it came to the TR7.

Kia Updated Mileage — Post Flap.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Kia Offering Discounts For Fixing Cars Damaged By ‘Sandy’.
>>Nov. 3, 2012.
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Hyundai & Kia Get Caught Overstating Expected Mileage.
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Oh, Oh! … — Nov. 2, 2012.

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Team KIA, Concord, NH — We Have Nothing But THE BEST Words

>> To Say About This Car Dealership — June 28, 2012.


Click to access MILEAGE SPECIFIC Kia site.


Mileage for the 2WD Automatic (though with a really COOL manual override that you can use as a normal stick) Sportage. CLICK to access complete chart.

I am ashamed to confess that I don’t know whether I have the 2.0L or the 2.4L. We actually didn’t have a choice. The lease price I sought was only available on two specific Sportages they had in stock — one white, one black. We picked the white.

I think we might have the 2.4L.

That the 2.4L gets better mileage than the 2.0L isn’t as counter-intuitive as you would think. The 2.0L will have to work harder, especially with a/c. So the new revised mileage is between 28 and 30 mpg. I believe that. I can get around 29.3 mpg.

Kia, Possibly To Show Contrition For Milage Overstatement, Offering Discounts For Fixing Cars Damaged By ‘Sandy’.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Hyundai & Kia Get Caught Overstating Expected Mileage.
>>
Oh, Oh! … — Nov. 2, 2012.

>>
Team KIA, Concord, NH — We Have Nothing But THE BEST Words

>> To Say About This Car Dealership — June 28, 2012.



Got an e-mail to this effect last night saying that they will fix any ‘Sandy’ related damages to Kias at a discount.

Since we lucked out, I deleted the e-mail. But, I now realized that there will be others that should make use of this offer. I, however, can’t find it on the Web! Hhhmmm.

But, if you do have a Hyundai or Kia that got damaged in the storm contact your dealership and see what they have to say. Your insurance company might know something about this too. All this said, you probably do know that the costs and estimates for body work on cars is a moveable feast. They manipulate the estimate to suit the insurance needs. So …

Hyundai & Kia Get Caught Overstating Expected Mileage [i.e., miles/gallon]. Oh, Oh! Naughty, Naughty. We Have A Kia.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> Team KIA, Concord, NH — We Have Nothing But THE BEST Words
>> To Say About This Car Dealership — June 28, 2012.


Click to read ‘Wall Street Journal’ article …


We are supposed to get a rebate check, with a 15% bonus for the inconvenience, based on our estimated mileage. I doubt whether we will get much because we have yet to take our new Kia for its 1st service. Though we have done 3,400 miles, Kia will contend we haven’t done any.

We had a Hyundai Tuscon for 4 years prior to that, BUT I think this ruling only goes back 3 years.

In a way I am relieved. I have never been able to get more than 28.9 miles/gallon (per the onboard computer) on our KIA, base-model, 4-cylinder Sportage, though the published mileage was much higher. Though I am known for my speeding and penchant for driving over 100 mph (and complaining bitterly that my old Cadillac STL would cut-off at 108 mph), I can also drive very economically. So, I kind of suspected that the numbers for bogus. To me the gearing on the Sportage is WAY TO LOW. I feel like I am grinding along even when I am in 6th. So,, doesn’t surprise me that I don’t get 30+ mpg.

So, what does this say about the folks that sold the KIA to me? I am not sure. They were good to us. That I cannot take away from them. They obviously had to toe the company line.

Am I surprised that the a Korean company [Hyundai owns Kia and the cars are the same, just different trims and badges] would lie to me? No. That is what I would expect. Kind of cultural. It isn’t as if U.S. companies haven’t lied to us. Tobacco companies do come to mind. I think it is amusing.

IF I get a check, I will let you know.