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avatar UrbaNebula 12th May 2018, 17:30 PM

Got myself a new motor! My trusty old Kia Rio from 2009 packed up and I've been using my wife's car for three months. Not great. Ordered a new one in February, but was told the second week of May would likely be the earliest I would get it.

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Welp, the second week of May has arrived, and so has my new Kia Rio 2018. The difference is pretty incredible. Central locking, electric windows, bluetooth connection for my phone. I know none of this is particularly impressive by today's standards, but consider that this is moving over from a car that had wind-down windows and no air-con.

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Yeah, pretty happy bunny today.


avatar Striker says: 12th May 2018, 17:42 PM
Nice! Drive safe and without events and may the car serve you well.

I think your old car had the most basic package, otherwise it's hard to find cars after 2000 without air-con and electric windows.
What's the spec on this one? (the engine?)
avatar UrbaNebula says: 12th May 2018, 17:57 PM
My 2009 was the absolute basic model, same as the new one in fact. Times have changed it seems...

New car is only a 1248cc compared to the previous 1399, but it actually feels much more powerful.
avatar rufee says: 12th May 2018, 18:20 PM
avatar UrbaNebula says: 12th May 2018, 19:06 PM
Petroleum sadly, but efficient at least. Stop/Start when idling, lots of indicators to ensure you get the most MPG and so on.
avatar JeffMOD says: 13th May 2018, 02:49 AM
Saw the post on twitter, but didn't really comment on it - Looks like a pretty good car, here's hoping this one lasts you at least a decade as well!
avatar Strider says: 13th May 2018, 05:28 AM
You there, fill it up with petroleum distillate, and re-vulcanize my tires, post-haste!
avatar Striker says: 13th May 2018, 10:42 AM
Btw, I recommend using FuelLog (Android app). I've been using it for just a little over a year now, trying to log in each time I fueled up the tank, and for each revision and change of parts, insurance, etc. It gives you detailed statistics and the average running costs.

Turns out running a car isn't very cheap.
avatar Ghost129er says: 13th May 2018, 14:32 PM
"New car is only a 1248cc compared to the previous 1399, but it actually feels much more powerful."
Some factors - weight (obvious that cars of this year are lighter and faster than ever), gearbox (better ratios/more gears).

Take for example my 1997 BMW 318i E36 - I call her the PanzerWagen because of how heavy the bitch is, but compared to today's standards, this thing can take a serious RAM and still be repaired to almost a new condition. However, I saw a 2014 Honda Accord get torn apart like a sardine can... Newer cars are light weight and all sure, but they're even able to get dented when kicked by a football...

We also had a 2014 Nissan Altima - both cars were a 4 Cylinder engine, but the Altima (if I recall correctly) had 6/7 gears, one of them, but the car was so light and fragile that the little engine it had PULLED the damn thing to 0-140 kmph faster than the PanzerWagen would go, whilst my tank could only pull 200 @ about 4700 RPM on it's 4th and Final gear.

Gearboxes are AMAZING.

"Turns out running a car isn't very cheap."
No it isn't. As is smoking and other things.

Also congrats
avatar UrbaNebula says: 13th May 2018, 15:14 PM
You actually make a good point. My old Rio was much heavier than I realised. We had to winch it onto the recovery truck only to realise the back nearside wheel had seized up after three months on the driveway. Took three of us to lift the one wheel off the ground.
avatar DiscoStu says: 13th May 2018, 23:12 PM
Always nice to get new things. Have fun with it! What are you doing with the old one?
avatar UrbaNebula says: 14th May 2018, 13:17 PM
Old one was scrapped by the dealership and knocked £2,000 off the price of the new one.
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