Kia Clarus Review from Australia and New Zealand

1998 Kia Clarus GLX (Credos in Aus) 2.0 petrol

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired3000 kilometres
Most recent distance135000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Pintara


Excellent car. Difficult to replace


Power steering hose over motor split 90k.

Alternator failed 130k. $1000 A$ to fix.

Indicator combo switch replaced 3 times under warranty (finally found to be plastic column housing catching it!)

Front parking lamp blew at 100k

Rear disk pads wear out at 40K

Front disk pads replaced with 4mm left at 100K.

General Comments:

I bought the car because it was a bargain and had everything I wanted except the passenger air bag. I still have the car because I can't find anything good enough to replace it. At least not under $40k.

Dirt road handling is awesome! Safe and predictable. I can leave more powerful cars like the 3.5L Magna for dead. Although that may also be because I'm prepared to let the suspension and tyres work hard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2004

13th Nov 2005, 06:25

Please contact with me +99412 4188222

Kia Kredos.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 1 review