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Well following on from my gratuitous display of pics in the Rio pics thread, i thought i'd start a bit of a build thread here.

Picked up the car last week as a new daily to take the burden off my Ford V8 which wasn't the most economical of cars in peak hour traffic (nearly 20 litres per 100km lol!!) It's the same car a few others from Australia have on here, the three door hatch which seems unavailable in the northern hemisphere for some weird reason. Has the 1.6, 17's, leather, climate control, cruise, auto wipers, DRL's, LED tail lights, keyless entry and push-button start, blah blah blah. It's a great car for the money and we got a good deal on it, including the token floor mats.

About a week or two before pickup day, we went and visited it down at the holding yard, still wearing its protective coverings and so on:







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Then finally the day arrived, the car was all inspected, 'detailed' and registered. We went down after work to pick her up and this is how she looked waiting for her new home:





Really enjoyed the drive home, i find this car is the most impressive on the highway, 100KM/h or more. It certainly eats up the stop-start peak hour traffic but is very capable and spacious/comfortable on the open road. The leather seats are great, if a little un-supportive around quick bends, and the suspension was tuned locally for our roads, and done very well i might add. It's surprisingly comfortable for a little car riding on 17" wheels. I find the electric steering crap though. It's stupidly light at parking speed, then gets too heavy above about 60KM/h. There's just no feel to it in comparison with hydraulic steering, you can't tell what the wheels are doing and that's annoying. Either way it's the only drawback of a great car.


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We ordered the car in basic form, it is a well appointed car for tech and features, basically blows all others in the price range away. It's a 6 speed manual with floor mats, no other options. First task was tint. Went for 35% which is a pretty good compromise, and looks very good contrasting with the white paint, looks darker than it is. Got it done at 7:30am on a saturday morning which wasn't the most pleasant time to start a weekend but it's for a good cause! Then we whacked some custom plates on that we already had on hold from a previous car (however i blank out plates on the net, sorry). I couldn't care less who looks at the plates either, it's purely for personalisation and colour theme in my books.

After this was done we went down the coast of Victoria to a picturesque area called Rye. Parked next to the beach and took some more pics:









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The wife drives it a lot and finds the lack of rear visibility challenging when reverse parking in the crowded areas we drive in. For this reason i've booked the Rio in to the dealer to get rear parking sensors installed. Unsure if this just makes the standard sensor beeps or if it ties into a message on the dash too, haven't seen them working on another Rio, or even installed for that matter. Certainly not cheap! Over $500 AUD just for the rears installed. After-market options are half the price but i want it all genuine and properly integrated.

From there who knows, i have a few other plans up my sleeve. I'm also seriously considering buying another one, probably a 5 door this time in about a years time. Great cars!


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OzSLS, I've seen the pics. What I need to know now is, when can I schedule for a test drive mate?

Sharp little car by the way!
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OzSLS, I've seen the pics. What I need to know now is, when can I schedule for a test drive mate?

Sharp little car by the way!
test drives are departing on the hour, every hour, Wednesdays only!

yeh even the entry level models are great, certainly no need to be ashamed of having one! i'd happily have one, it just happens that i broke the salesman down so severely that it made buying the SLS model very possible.


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test drives are departing on the hour, every hour, Wednesdays only!

yeh even the entry level models are great, certainly no need to be ashamed of having one! i'd happily have one, it just happens that i broke the salesman down so severely that it made buying the SLS model very possible.
Not ashamed of it at all. I really like the little bugger. lol
I could have bought the SXL fully loaded Optima if I wanted too. I just like being recurring bill free or as close to it as possible.
I can always do the aftermarket upgrades if I choose. I haven't decided what I'll do first. I'll probably just do the tint and leave well enough alone for now. I do like those KIA rims, just worried about how my ride quality will suffer going with thinner tires than I already have on the car.

I'll keep the Wednesday appointments in mind when I can find the free time take a trip to Australia. Suppose to go to Brazil before the end of the year. I can't even find the time to go! Australia is on my list of countries to visit next year. The only thing I dread is that painfully long flight!
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By the way, I was talking to one of my coworkers last night. He supposedly has contacts with someone in South Korea(probably an engineer) that can get the turbo's for the KIA's. Slap 201 horse power under your hood, you'll need a parachute to slow the two door RIO down. He was told it would cost $1800 for the parts and the PCM flash unit. Not a bad price for increasing your horsepower by almost 70HP. One of my coworkers has already installed a turbo on his KIA Soul.
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