Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What do you think of Kia as a brand?

asked by on

Decades ago, Kia's were basically throw-away cars. They rode like washing machines and the only people who bought it were the people who didn't have much money and those were the only thing they could afford.

They are better cars than they used to be, I'm not arguing that, but they are still nowhere near as reliable as cars like Toyotas or Hondas and Fords. They just don't hold up as well. You can't buy one and drive it for 10, 15, 20 years like I do and get hundreds of thousands of miles. You can buy one and drive it for a couple of years and you might not have any problems with it. But in the long run, customers of mine who like a car that lasts a long time were all unhappy with their Kia's when they got old.

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Kia Cerato 2011 jerks when accerating

Your car's engine intake system has something called a mass air flow sensor that monitors air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the motor. When this fails, this can cause an imbalanced air/fuel load...

Q: Which car is more expensive to maintain: the Audi Q5 2.0t or the BMW X5 35i?

Hello, thank you for your question. I'd be happy to provide my insight. The answer to this question isn't as simple as it may seem. The biggest factor is going to be the year of the two vehicles you are...

Q: Serpentine Belt replacement

It depends. In scenario no. 1, let's assume the compressor itself is seized and will not turn. In that scenario, so long as the bearing that allows the compressor CLUTCH to rotate freely is good AND you NEVER attempt to...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.