Seeing those pictures brings to my mind a question:
Why do most automakers elect to locate the starting battery within the engine compartment, very near to many sources of heat? All else being equal, high ambient temperatures tend to increase the rate of degradation of a flooded battery.
Because people EXPECT the battery to be under the hood not in the trunk. You have to give people what they want, regardless of how little sense it makes. Remember the video card thread? As we all learned from the NA & NB series Miata, the average consumer (m.net) does not want to buy a new $160 WestCo or AGM battery when they can go buy a $75 wet cell at WalMart and then blame Mazda when it explodes and/or vents acid into their trunk.
but when i look at the side of a NEW kia optima, all I see is:
PANEL LINE PANEL LINE PANEL LINE PANEL LINE.
Seriously, it looks like it was designed by spider man with all that webby ****.
find me a car on the road that does the trunk lid edge on the side of the car where the world can see it in all its liney-ness. And while you're at it, hey guys, lets put the hood edge on the side too. and end the doors like 3 inches from a natural shadow line.
the average consumer (m.net) does not want to buy a new $160 WestCo or AGM battery when they can go buy a $75 wet cell at WalMart and then blame Mazda when it explodes and/or vents acid into their trunk.
To be fair, Mazda did not help the situation when they started selling the infamous blue-label battery as an "OEM-equivalent" replacement part at the north American service centers.
That said, I have been too cheap and lazy to do anything about the flooded battery (Duralast) which came installed in my '90 when I bought it. That battery has got to be at least 4-5 years old at this point, and it's still rockin'. It has out-lasted both the Westco AGM and the subsequent Optima Red that I put in the '92.
In reply to the Sonic, it's also a Daewoo, just like the Chevy Cruze is a Daewoo, and also Korean.
I've been to the u-pull-it recently for something and a friend asked me to look for some Kia interior parts while I was there. His girlfriend has one and ALL of the interior plastics have disintegrated. The dash vents and their retainers have fallen apart and fallen out. The dash has cracked and sections are missing entirely. The ones in the junkyard were no help because they were all similarly disintegrating. I hoped they learned how to make good plastic since then.
Bahahaha I love the KIA theme that is happening. The irony of the builder of the POS icantdo55 bought... Now works for KIA... Unbelievable. I bet he designed the suspension under the new Rio. Hey, didn't someone on this board just buy a Rio?