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FOLLOW ALONG WITH MY VARIOUS GARAGE PROJECTS AND SHENANIGANS
It's been over a year since I parted ways with my 2011 Kia Optima SX. I really enjoyed it for the 2.5 years I owned it. Prior to purchasing it, my wife and I shared one car. But, with her at home on maternity leave, we needed a second one. I ordered it in February and took delivery (the first in the city) in May of 2011. It didn't see a lot of use, and I sold it just prior to Christmas 2013 with only 8,800 kms on the clock. I sold it for $29k with the summer wheels. The guy who bought it said it looked better than the brand new model he test drove earlier that week. <blush>
One of the best parts of owning that car was the attention it garnered. I rebadged the car with a different Kia logo used in Korea, so that really confused people. I installed a set of Eibach springs, which in combination with the MRR HR2 19" rims, gave it a pretty aggressive stance. As fun as the attention was, I did find myself often having to defend the Kia brand against criticism. Anyone who had some time behind the wheel was impressed with the car, but there are still a lot of people out there who think all Kia's are garbage. That was a bit frustrating.
The 274bhp turbo 2.0 was shockingly fast. Power came on quickly and very smoothly. The suspension was decent, made better by the low profile Hankooks. Compared to its competition, this car had personality and spirit. There were some issues with the quality of finishing, but for $33k, there is nothing that touched it in terms of looks, performance, and value. It was loaded with equipment you wouldn't find in a $50k car.
There's no such thing as the perfect car, but all things considered, this car was perfect for what I needed at the time.
RAD GARAGE is my personal detailing theatre. I am a teacher who finds immense pleasure in completing deeply therapeutic, thorough and highly satisfying detailing projects in my residential garage. I have converted my suburban double car garage into a world class detailing environment and I enjoy caring for my own car and select cars belonging to others. The garage and the work I complete in it have allowed me to connect with other detailing enthusiasts from around the world.
Carzilla is a local detailing store that caters to the North American community of professional and enthusiast detailers. I have been a longtime customer and I am fortunate to call the owner a friend. Besides stocking a vast quantity of top quality detailing products, the owner has supported various garage and detailing projects of mine over the years.
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