2002 Kia Pregio 2.7 diesel


Cheap rust box


There's not much to go wrong with this car since it's dead simple; still it has had it's fair share of problems. It's very cheaply made though, and it's now worn down at 159.000 km. We are wrecking it and buying a new van for our business.

It's actual quite rusty, and the reason is there is hardly any paint on this van. The paint chips easily, and within months rust starts to form. Now it's hard to see if this van is white or rusty brown.

Exhaust system rusted out in 3 years.

Original tyres are downright dangerous in the wet, and were replaced in the first year.

We've replaced brakes several times, but that's OK.

It dents easily. Very thin metal sheets in the body. We hit a heap of packed snow at about 30 km/h and the van got a serious dent in the front, and the left front light got out of alignment and the whole front bumper fell off. We just glued the whole thing back, since it's made of thin plastic attached to the body with 6 or 8 screws or so.

Front suspension is totally shot, and it's not safe to go any faster than 80 km/h.

It failed the roadworthy test and it's being wrecked.

General Comments:

Considering the purchase price when new, this hasn't been too bad. It was even considerably cheaper than the Hyundai H-1, and compared to a Toyota or VW, it's a different league. But don't expect it to last more than 5 year or so. It's like a Toyota Hiace from 1985; extremely noisy, no suspension, cheap plastic, poor brakes and handling like a veteran car. You get what you pay for.

Also it's the slowest car I've ever driven. It's a non turbo 2.7 diesel. We tried to measure 0-100 km/h and it was about 40 seconds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th August, 2007