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Brian Natividad
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How To Replace Position Light For A 2013 Kia Rio Ex

I have a 2013 Kia Rio with a burnt out Position Light on the drivers side. It's the one underneath the actual headlights. I'm trying to figure out how to replace it but the manual doesn't make an...

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jwolf57
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Is It True A 2013 Kia Soul Does Not Have A Spare Tire?

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dkonieczny
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2005 Kia Spectra 5 - Stalls/dies While Idling At Stop Signs/lights.

Car acted like alternator/electrical problems. Alternator replaced 3 times, then battery, then plugs/wires. Still has the problem. Then dealer said needs Kia not aftermarket alternator - replaced...

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shuvootie
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60k Timing Belt Replacement Required In Warranty Handbook But 80k In Owner'...

bought the car used, low 50's mileage from dealership, original owner's warranty died with them and didn't pass on to me. dealer wants $440 to swap out the timing belt, citing the 60K requirement und...

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loowho1222
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2005 Kia Spectra, Losing Coolant But No Leaks, Overheats

car has 138,000 miles. overheated 2 weeks ago, losing coolant, replaced radiator cap after no leaks found. still losing coolant (about 1 qt a day) and temp will fluctuate up and down while driving, ...

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Kia History

"Arise from Asia," the translation of Kia's name, is exactly what Kia did in the early 1990s, seemingly out of nowhere. But the South Korean automaker has been in existence since 1994, as a bicycle and later truck manufacturer. In the 1970s, it was the first Korean automaker to produce the internal combustion engine, and the first to produce a passenger car.

Second only to Korean rival Hyundai, Kia's motto was quality cars, with a strong emphasis on safety and low-cost affordability. Its first appearance in the U.S. was as the Ford Festiva in 1987, essentially a rebadged Kia Pride. With a growing Korean economy, Kia decided to launch its first car in the U.S., the Sephia sedan. Its marketing strategy was to introduce the car gradually, starting in the West Coast and moving across the country. Word of mouth about the economy cars quickly enhanced Kia's reputation and the carmaker soon introduced its compact Sportage SUV, which went on to win several awards and a spot on many top ten lists.  

Kia was looking to take over Japan's slot in the compact economy car segment, and in some markets the Sephia even outsold the Protege. However, labor problems, Korea's new openness to foreign imports, and the Asian financial crisis in the 1990s led to Kia declaring bankruptcy. It was acquired by Hyundai in 1998, with a renewed emphasis on quality and reliability.
  
With Hyundai's guidance, Kia introduced more sedans, including the mid-sized Optima and subcompact Rio. The Spectra was a small, but sporty little hatchback and sedan. The Sportage continues to be a popular SUV choice, especially now that it's moved into the crossover segment, and the Sedona minivan was rated as one of the safest minivans by the Insurance Institute. In 2003, Kia had sold over one million vehicles in the U.S., and it is continuing to expand its lineup today, with the recent Sorento SUV and the new 2007 Rondo, a small crossover with three rows of seating.