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    Quote Originally Posted by Menehune Man View Post
    Anyone own a Kia Soul?
    My wife and I are considering getting a 2011 or 2010.
    I like the utility factor of the large hatchback area with back seats down, fuel economy...

    Any pointers or reviews would be appreciated!
    About a year ago, my coworker considered buying a Kia Soul. I have good friends (husband and wife) who own two, so I asked them how they liked their Souls. Here's the wife's response [with names edited out]:

    Quote Originally Posted by zff's friend
    We love love love our Kia Souls...note plural.

    [My sister] bought one, then I bought our first. Then my mother bought one. Then my neighbor saw ours, loved it, test drove one and then he bought one too. Then the warranty on our Mini expired...so [my husband] bought one. So there are two Kia Souls in our garage (lots of soul in our family!)

    Its good on mileage, I love the bluetooth feature (I believe up to 4 phones can be programmed into the system), the leg room for the people in back is great ([my son] is over 6 feet tall and he is comfortable sitting in back when we travel as a family). Great cargo space. I always keep the back seats down unless we have passengers. [Our dog]'s crate fits comfortable in back and a passenger can sit next to her. Their service is excellent too. Can't say enough about it. We love love love Kia Souls. Tell your friend to test drive one....best Costco car..and I've packed three sets of golf clubs with 3 small suitcases and 3 adults - its just the best! Oh yeah...and I love it!

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    Thanks zff!
    Sounds like they're really sold on Souls!
    I don't base any purchases on the worthy-ness of it's commercials. Though these are funny.
    It's whether the item fits my needs, price range and has a good customer satisfaction rating.
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    check the resale value. Also compare ride quality with others in the same class.
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    I used to have an associate that worked in Alaska in a hush-hush position at
    an old radar camp.
    Things got really boring up there because there were no members of the opposite
    persuasion and no bottles of special catalyst, anyway.
    One day the boys on the base heard about a new installation going in a
    few klicks away.
    The temptation to visit the nurses and all the warehouse had was strong.
    Those guys strapped a jato bottle on the top of the station wagon and when
    it fired the crew went flying off into a swamp .
    The navigator had not figured in the hairpin turn to the right.
    After ignition that old ford falcon got to almost 180 kilometers per hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lensperson View Post
    Those guys strapped a jato bottle on the top of the station wagon and when it fired the crew went flying off into a swamp .
    If true, it could be the basis of the JATO Rocket Car story.

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    Instead of going into debt... tonight at midnight this '85 Toyota Tercel becomes mine!

    She's clean, good mechanical condition, great gas mileage, has a manual transmission, and is a hatchback which I favor.
    Got the insurance from Flo at $237 for 6 months too! Registration will be $170 total.

    Life is either an adventure... or you're not doing it right!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menehune Man View Post
    Instead of going into debt... tonight at midnight this '85 Toyota Tercel becomes mine!
    Good choice MM. May you drive for years with pleasure. I can't believe that you were seduced by that slut, Flo! Personally, I have gone with that limey gecko for years.
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    I am in favor of smaller cars. More parking area, less gas consumption.

    Those in need of larger cars should pay equivalent taxes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    1)Good choice MM. May you drive for years with pleasure. 2) I can't believe that you were seduced by that slut, Flo! 3) Personally, I have gone with that limey gecko for years.
    1) Thanks buddy!
    2) Like I said previously... I gotta little sumptin' goin' on for Flo.
    3) He looks like he'd make a good buddy for ya. Being an adventurous sort and all.
    Life is either an adventure... or you're not doing it right!!!

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    My mom was in the market for a small car, and after a lot of research and pointing on the road, the three finalists were the Honda Fit, the Toyota Yaris, and the Ford Fiesta. After some test drives, it came down to the Honda and Ford, and while the Honda was more expensive (and the Ford had many more options), we went with it.

    I love it. Having driven large family vans for the past several years, it's a whole new world. When I fill up the Honda at the gas station, it costs under $40, when my van can cost up to $80. And it feels as if we go the same distance over the same number of days. That's a tangible difference in the pocketbook.

    I'm glad to read of love for the Kia Soul. The terrifying day where I might have to consider a car for my daughter is much closer than I'd prefer, and the Kias have caught my eye. If it weren't for those horrible commercials with the rapping rats, I'd probably be even more open to them.

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    My Honda Insight lease is up next July and I plan to check out the Kia Soul due to the reviews I've read. I'll have to be really wowed, however, to switch from my hybrid! Like the Fit, the Insights fill-up is under $40. During the past 12 months I spent $351 on gas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    My Honda Insight lease is up next July and I plan to check out the Kia Soul due to the reviews I've read. I'll have to be really wowed, however, to switch from my hybrid! Like the Fit, the Insights fill-up is under $40. During the past 12 months I spent $351 on gas.
    Tutu, check Consumers Reports, they do not have good things to say about the Soul (personally I have no experience with them). However they do not have good things to say about the Insight either. So pick your poison! I came very close to purchasing a Fit but opted for a 5 year old Ford Escape Hybrid instead. We are happy with our choice and plan to purchase another Escape Hybrid within 2 or 3 years. FWIW, the Escape Hybrid does not get as good gas mileage as your Insight, but it has a lot more interior space which is important to us.
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    Yes, I'm aware of the CR reviews. I factor them in with owner reviews. TS recommends the Insight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pzarquon View Post
    ... When I fill up the Honda at the gas station, it costs under $40 ...
    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    ... the Insights fill-up is under $40 ...
    I have yet to spend over $30 on a gas fill-up for my 1994 Saturn (usually, it's in the $23-25 range). Lucky you live Hawai`i, ah? (Oh, come on --- how often do I get to turn the tables li'dat on you lucky buggahs?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    I have yet to spend over $30 on a gas fill-up for my 1994 Saturn (usually, it's in the $23-25 range). Lucky you live Hawai`i, ah? (Oh, come on --- how often do I get to turn the tables li'dat on you lucky buggahs?)
    Nanny nanny boo boo!

    The first year my fill-ups never hit $30. Then...all hell broke loose again and I'm paying about $37. Oh well...$40. was the cost for a half a tank for my previous car. Plus, it took premium...and it got 15 mpg!

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    If I come back, I'm bringing a big a** conversion van to live in, lol, and my motorcycle for transportation and revenge against ya'll's 47% tax on gas.
    If anyone on Oahu is NOT happy , feel free to trade places with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by memorylane View Post
    and my motorcycle for transportation
    Seriously what kind of gas mileage does a motorcycle get? I really don't know.
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    I used to have a 500cc motorcycle in the early 90s, and the few times I bothered to calculate my mileage, I was getting about 50mpg. After that, I had a slightly modifed and far more powerful 750 that got about 35mpg.

    The only reason why bikes get such good mileage is their obvious lack of mass. The engines are actually gas guzzlers for their size, and since they're not subject to the same Earth-friendly requirements as cars, they spew TONS of environmentally harmful emissions.

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