The best vehicle I ever owned was a Kia Sephia. It was $200 repo special that I picked up at an auction held by the title loan company that I was a repossession agent for. It was a stick shift, blue, and didn’t have any major damage to it. The great price I got it at was a steal, but that is only one of many reasons why it was best car I ever owned.
Sure, it was not brand new, and yea, I bought it at a repo auction, but sometimes you find things of great value in the trash. After I changed the oil and made sure all the other fluids and necessary maintenance was completed on the Sephia, I only spent about $50. After the initial tune-up, I never had to put any more work into that car, and I had it for a year.
The best thing about this car and the number one reason it was my favorite and the best vehicle that I ever owned was the amazing gas mileage it got. My oldest son used to live in Portland, Oregon, and I lived in Boise, Idaho. At one point, I was driving that car to Portland about once a week. The trip from Boise to Portland is about 500 miles, give or take a few. I could literally drive that car on a full tank of gas from Boise, to within 50 miles of Portland before I had to stop for gas and fill up again. I never pushed it, but I probably could have made it to Portland on one tank of gas in my little Kia Sephia.
To make a long story short and not go into too much personal detail, I was involved with some legal proceedings in Portland at the time, and it got tense and very negative. On my way back to Boise, Idaho, about 100 miles outside of Portland, my car made a horrible grinding/shearing noise, so I stopped to make a phone call home to let people know the situation. When I got back in the car, I tried to switch into second gear, and couldn’t. My gears were ruined. Still, on faith, and because of my Kia Sephia, I drove that car 400 miles straight without stopping, and in 4th gear, because by the time I was within three hundred miles of Boise, I only had 1st and 4th gear left in that car. I stayed on the highway, and then limped in to Boise city limits, and made it all the way home, true story.
Later, after my own observation, a mechanics expert opinion, and a police officer’s investigation, it had been determined that someone out of spite in Portland, had pulled the plug on my transmission and drained all of the tranny fluid out of my car, destroying my gear box. That car still made it all the way home, 500 hundred miles. She never did recover and got towed away. That is why my Kia Sephia was the best vehicle I ever owned.