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Hello! My name is Michael, hail from the Buckeye state! I'm a proud new owner of a 2015 Aurora Black Forte 5 SX A/T with roughly 330 miles or so, I've had it for a week now. I got it for 21.8k out the door.

I was looking for a new car that had a good balance of speed and practicality. I was aiming for the 18-22k range, but it was hard to find both. You either gave up space, or you gave up speed. My previous car was a 03 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTS Auto, it was falling apart and I had been dumping too much into it. I had a family now on top of that, so didn't want to jungle gym my 14 month old in the back ha ha. I came across this car a few months back, I had read a lot of good things about it beyond some of the back handed comments by mags(Looking at you Motortrend, and to some extend Car and Driver) just because it was a Kia.

My wife has a 2010 Forte EX and it was a nice ride, much better then my noisy Eclipse. After doing a ton of research on the car, I got it in my head that this is what I wanted... hell I didn't even test drive till the day before I actually got the car. I had hyped it so much I was afraid of disappointment, I couldn't find anything else in that price range that offered the blend the 5 SX had on paper. I was not disappointed, it looked even better in person. It is a smooth ride, feature rich, very roomy for a compact, and the materials are really nice. Now this is my first forced induction car, but I can't believe the punch this little motor has. It is faster than my Eclipse was by a good amount. It is a hell of a Twin-scroll on there, I almost feel like it tries to punch a bit above it's weight... thing scoots! My dad was driving it the other day and we punch it from 5-10 mph off a turn, up to 90 (much higher than speed limit, one of those back roads in Mexico) in what didn't feel that long and he goes "It is still pulling!" The gearing on this is nice, quick and snappy with those first 3 gears! It almost feels DSG like. The auto in the Eclipse was such a turd compared to this. My wife really likes the car too, it'll be nice for family trips on longer distance drives, it's pretty comfortable.

I really like that this car is unique and not well known, I get looks all the time. I know 2015 was the first year the 2nd Gen SX was widely available, but I've only seen one other 5 SX in Columbus and that is ok, I appreciate having something different that not a whole lot know about.

I haven't done anything with the car yet except for the BPV bypass mod, love the "Psssst" and whine from the front now! Actually did it today, had some newer Civic Si take several ganders when the turbo vented... but nothing ever happened coming out of the gas station. I don't plan on doing too much with it though, it is my daily driver. I also don't want to void the warranty. I would however like to get the 6th Element Intake, as well as the muffler delete/Ypipe. The exhaust on this car actually seems pretty well made, the biggest thing being that huge, heavy and I'd have to imagine restrictive muffler. I'm guessing getting rid of that and going 2.5" through the back gives this some nice additional pull for not all that expensive.

I look forward to talking to everyone, maybe even meet down the line? It seems like a pretty cool forum and it's nice to be part of the SX/Forte/Forced Induction family :)
 

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Here is a picture of it, darn winter and the salt. I'm ready for spring!

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seems you have done your home work and have take the plunge in to the world of small displacement turbo fun.. every thing you have stated is true about the kia.. you will get a lot of looks and haters.. but our cars are well made.. and fun for the price point.. and I would venture we do punch a little above our weight.. think last gen GTI more than Then Focus St.. and you get the idea.. welcome to the fourm.. there are a lot of great people and some great cars on this site..
Think of you car as the Track star in a businesses suit.. wile the more loved ( by the after market) but mechanically identical Veloster as the young kid in rainbow shoes and tare away pants.. a lot of parts mix and match when it comes to the important stuff.. we just look better doing it.. ask around.. pm people on questions.. lots of good answers..
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Welcome! Im also from Ohio, not far from you actually. You made a good choice, youll love your car.
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Thats cool, I actually got the car from the Lewis Center dealership just beyond the orange county line. Yours looks like a 5 am I right? Were you near Easton last weekend? The SX I had seen looks an awful lot like your color/car.
 

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Ha, that's where I work. Putting 2 and 2 together, I think I remember you buying that car. But that wasn't me near Easton, I haven't been over in that area for some time. But that bums me out that you saw another one just like mine. I thought I was the only one in the area as well lol
 

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Welcome! You will love the car more as it breaks in. I have noticed that since mine now has 10k on it she really moves. Also drop that break in oil at 1-1500 miles and put some good quality synthetic in
 

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Ha, that's where I work. Putting 2 and 2 together, I think I remember you buying that car. But that wasn't me near Easton, I haven't been over in that area for some time. But that bums me out that you saw another one just like mine. I thought I was the only one in the area as well lol
It's a small world ha ha, yeah Spencer sold it to me. Well I guess I know of three now in the area. What part of the dealership you in? You know how finicky they are with mods? At least intake/exhaust stuff. I'd love to run a tune someday but I no that is a no-no when it comes to warranty stuff. Good to know another member is close by though!
 

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Welcome! You will love the car more as it breaks in. I have noticed that since mine now has 10k on it she really moves. Also drop that break in oil at 1-1500 miles and put some good quality synthetic in
Thanks Forte! Yeah, I'd imagine it would loosen up a bit after a few thousand. Can't wait to see what its like putting the intake on and opening up the exhaust. I imagine they put semi syn in it now? I've always been a believer in a quality synthetic. Appreciate the advice. Can we buy a filter from the dealer and do it ourselves with regards to oil choice?
 

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Your welcome ! You can buy the filter from the dealer. I think they put synthetic blend in stock.

The intake will help a bit but will really help doing the exhaust. Mine is gutted 2nd cat res delete and straight pipe to the rear no muffler. Sounds really clean and no drone unless windows are down lol
 

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I have a DIY intake on my car right now and the res delete pipe, havent stepped up to buy 6th Intake yet. But youll love the sound from it. I wouldnt worry too much about warranty with a few bolt ons, but a tune obviously could change some things around warranty coverage
 

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My dealer when my car went in only freaked over the throttle body coolant bypass. Kinda strange because I have the upgraded hotpipe and Cai sitting on it and exhaust and said nothing
 

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Good to know, I'll at least do the Intake/Exhaust then, I like the gains I'm seeing on dyno charts from those two alone. Get rid of that weird dip I see at 5200rpm or so and smooth out the powerband. Appreciate all the welcomes everyone :)
 

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The biggest thing that will smooth the power band is the upgraded hotpipe. I noticed after I did mine that the power was so much smoother
 

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Honestly, now that I have read more into some things... I risk my warranty but I may just go for that tork tune. Seems there are a lot of things it helps our cars out with beyond power. I don't need issues with car down the line due to crap stock tuning. $600 will take me some time to pull aside, but it sounds worth it to go that route and just let tork know what mods I may add later so he can account for it on the ecu.
 

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What's crap about the stock tune? I don't have any issues on stock tune right now. I am waiting for a revised ecu to get back onto my tune
 

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Isn't there issues with the mapping on the ecu in relation to hesitation on the 15? I know I've felt it. From what I understand the ecu will start fighting certain mods after time and compensate in the wrong direction. I dunno, maybe I misread? Still learning, appreciate the conversation. I'll keep digging into the forum archives and learning. If its not that big of an issue then bolt one are fine with an adaptive reset.
 
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