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Absolutely NO remorse,no wind noise,no problems,love it.

Recommended to a friend,and same scenario.
My mom loved mine,so she got one and she drives me crazy always talking about her car.

Like I said B4,I had asked about a 100 people what they thought of their Rondo, and all except 1 loved it.

I didn't expect it to be a Rolls Phantom or a Mercedes S600.
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I really like my Rondo. It's such a great car, a sleeper hit that nobody knows about.

The value of what you get, for such a low price, is just incredibly satisfying.

And it's fun to drive. You can use the engine to have a little fun, or drive like a granny to get good mileage for such a burly sized vehicle.
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I really like my Rondo. It's such a great car, a sleeper hit that nobody knows about.

The value of what you get, for such a low price, is just incredibly satisfying.

And it's fun to drive. You can use the engine to have a little fun, or drive like a granny to get good mileage for such a burly sized vehicle.
what engine do you have? add info to your profile, if you could...
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We had the Rondo a little over 3 months and put 4,500 miles on it so far. No remorse at all. The 98 Avenger V6 it replaced got terrible mileage no matter how I drove. So even if I do all city driving now I get over 20 MPG. I never ever got 20 out the the old car even on the highway. We get around 30 on the highway with the Rondo. I'm sure I could improve that if I really tried.

The only thing that is still bothering me is tires. I really do not like the Michelins that came with it. I do not feel that they will handle slush, snow and ice very well. I know that I worry a lot. We have a 2 1/2 year old that I take to and from daycare every day and then I go to work. There are large steep hills to and from everywhere. I read all of the tire info threads on this forum ( Thanks everyone ). Now I'm still trying to decide if I should downsize to 16" steel rims and dedicated snow tires, or sell/trade the Michelins and get some Nokian WRs. I'm leaning toward the second option right now.

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No remorse, and I'm fussy b/c we're a one car family and try to buy one only once every 10 years. So this one has to fit up through the teenage years.

We bought (stole?) our '09 EX used with 6,800km from a GM dealer in June. I'd spent many hours reading reviews, reading over shoulders in this and other forums. We'd kicked tires at a few dealers, but seriously, why would I want to buy a Kia!?

Sorry, no alignment issues, noises, squeaks, rattles... gas mileage is bang on EPA estimates, better if you drive smart. The car is approaching one year in service and no signs of cheap construction like molding coming loose, interior trim, etc. No mechanical issues of any sort. Only annoyance is that the interior plastic scratches easier than our Camry, and I'm not convinced the exterior paint will hold up as well. In 10 years could look pretty beat up, but probably nothing that a little buff work can't fix.
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No remorse. I've had my '07 EX V6 for a year and it has been quiet and comfortable. I did have an initial problem with wind noise. I thought it was a problem with the sunroof. I took it back to the dealer who determined the cross rails on the roof rack were on backward (they have arrows on them showing which direction is supposed to point front.) They corrected the rails and it has been quiet ever since. Gas mileage is the only weak spot. 18-21mpg around town and about 26 on the highway. But most of the cars I considered before buying the Rondo that were similar in size and ammenities either got similar mileage and/or cost many thousands more. I would have loved to have bought a Prius, but to get one with similar equipment would have cost at least $10,000 more. Even at today's prices, I can buy a lot of gasoline for $10,000.
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no remorse , though we do have the window noise, over 12000 miles no problems and do my own oil changes in 15 min!!!!


I am looking to getting a used one for me as the 08 is my wifes!!! Love the Rondo!!!!
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Ha! I had the exact same problem with my cross rails - even though there's some pretty large text and an arrow to point the way... In any case, I was able to figure out the source by opening the sunroof and causing the airflow to change. So I took them off.

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No remorse. I've had my '07 EX V6 for a year and it has been quiet and comfortable. I did have an initial problem with wind noise. I thought it was a problem with the sunroof. I took it back to the dealer who determined the cross rails on the roof rack were on backward (they have arrows on them showing which direction is supposed to point front.) They corrected the rails and it has been quiet ever since. Gas mileage is the only weak spot. 18-21mpg around town and about 26 on the highway. But most of the cars I considered before buying the Rondo that were similar in size and ammenities either got similar mileage and/or cost many thousands more. I would have loved to have bought a Prius, but to get one with similar equipment would have cost at least $10,000 more. Even at today's prices, I can buy a lot of gasoline for $10,000.
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We had the Rondo a little over 3 months and put 4,500 miles on it so far. No remorse at all. The 98 Avenger V6 it replaced got terrible mileage no matter how I drove. So even if I do all city driving now I get over 20 MPG. I never ever got 20 out the the old car even on the highway. We get around 30 on the highway with the Rondo. I'm sure I could improve that if I really tried.

The only thing that is still bothering me is tires. I really do not like the Michelins that came with it. I do not feel that they will handle slush, snow and ice very well. I know that I worry a lot. We have a 2 1/2 year old that I take to and from daycare every day and then I go to work. There are large steep hills to and from everywhere. I read all of the tire info threads on this forum ( Thanks everyone ). Now I'm still trying to decide if I should downsize to 16" steel rims and dedicated snow tires, or sell/trade the Michelins and get some Nokian WRs. I'm leaning toward the second option right now.

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It is mandatory in Quebec to have winter tires from December to March since last winter. I always drove with 4 seasons tires before but now that I have tried winter tires I will never go back, traction is so much betterand I also have three kids, their safety is my priority. There some good 4 seasons but they do not compare to winter. I am getting my 09 Rondo this week, it is on 17 inch tires, kept my 16 inch winter tires and rims from the caravan and will use them next winter.
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After lurking on this forum for a couple of months we purchased an ex-Hertz '08 LX V6 with about 14k miles on it. With a month of ownership and putting on 3k miles including a just finished 2k mile trip to MT and Yellowstone, I thought I'd share what we like and don't like about our Rondo.

Overall we've been pleasantly impressed with the performance and utility of the vehicle on top of the value. Definately no remorse.


Likes:
- Excellent outward visibility all around due to the tall greenhouse and low window sills.
- Plain, easy to operate controls on the dash. Steering column tilts but does not telescope. Standard double DIN sized radio allow numerous after market choices.
- Comfortable front seats. My wife and I both found the front passenger seat to be the most comfortable for napping out of all the cars we have or had.
- Lots of storage. In addition to the large cargo space with the handy storage wells under the rear deck, there are cup holders in all four doors plus 2 more cup holders each front and back. There is a deep double deck central console with a built in 12-volt outlet together with the aux audio input jack. I really like the handy storage shelf built into the dash and the generous spaces under the front and rear seats good for items such as purses, laptops, camera bags, etc.
- More than adequate power from the smooth V-6. Peppy around town and cruises comfortably at 80+ mph. Goes up mountain passes at 70+ mph in 4th gear with a nice muted growl from the exhaust.

Don't likes:
- Unimpressive gas milage. We average a little over 20 mpg around town and 22-23 mpg for our trip to Montana cruising at 70-80 mph.
- Shortish cruising range at about 300 miles max.
- No outside temperature gauge. We found we missed this feature more than expected.
- Turning radius feels larger than our other cars.
- Cheap feeling interior with plenty of shiny plastic and easy to stain seat fabric.
- Frumpy styling. Though we're slowly getting attached to it's utilitarian shape.
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