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Old 09-01-2017, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default So long and thanks for all the fish!

The time has come to say farewell to you all. Last night, my wife and I traded my beloved '06 Vue in on a '17 Kia Niro. FWIW, the Vue was still running (204,000 miles!) and we just took it to the beach 3 hours away for a week's vacation. Over the years I also owned a '99 SL1 5-speed and an '07 Ion QC 2.4L. I appreciate all the help and information I got from SaturnFans and wish you all the best!

Pic of Vue when new: https://i.imgur.com/Wuf4cOe.jpg
New car: https://i.imgur.com/9yiIymb.jpg

PS: Here's a list of things that were wrong with the Vue in no particular order:

-A/C was really weak-useless in temperatures above 85 degrees
-Driver's seat was ripping at the seams
-Turn signal stalk was broken-flasher clicks non-stop while driving
-Windshield was cracked in 2 places
-Hit a deer a few years back-quarter panel damage.
-Motor mounts were all bad
-CV joints click when wheel is turned either way
-Rear alignment has been an issue-rear tires wear unevenly-steel belts showing on both
-Suspension needs to be replaced all around
-Sometimes the car won't start unless you wiggle the key. Key can be removed while the engine is running
-Front brake pads wear down within a year even after new rotors and bleeding system
-Horrible shimmy from front end under hard acceleration
-Tailgate won't stay open on it's own
-Has P0420 CEL code-can't pass inspection
-Sometimes under hard acceleration, engine goes into low power mode. Have to restart car-provided the worn ignition cylinder cooperates
-Slight but persistent coolant leak-no idea where it's leaking from
-Occasionally, after driving at 'high' highway speeds in very hot weather, transmission won't shift into 4th or 5th gear. Have to pull over and let everything cool down. Car is fine after cooldown period.
-Have to press buttons on fob super hard to lock/unlock car
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Old 09-02-2017, 03:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: So long and thanks for all the fish!

You got a lot of use from your Vue!
We just bought a 16 Forte last August, wife sold her 02 L200. With 213,000 miles. She bought it new. Still ran well, A/C worked, Shifted great despite no A/T service EVER.

The Kia is a great car so far. 32 mpg in the past year. Mostly with the A/C running.

Good luck with your Kia. I wanted a small SUV (easier to get in and out of) but the Kia came along.
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:21 AM   #3
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You still have the memories with your Vue
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