2007 Kia Carnival GSE 2.9 liter turbo diesel


Automatic transmission went at 25,000.

Front shocks had to be replaced, as the wrong ones were in it from the start, and they wore the front tyres off it.

Left side front drive went at 7000, and had to be replaced.

Kia were not helpful; they will not replace the tyres, and did not want to know about it.

I would not buy another car from them; they are like all the rest, they just take your money, then they do not want to know.

My name is Peter Whelan, and I can be contacted on 00353876143321 if anyone wants to know more. Thanks.

General Comments:

The car is quite nice and comfortable, but when things go wrong, which they will, nobody wants to know. After paying 42,000 euro for mine, I will end up in court with Kia Ireland.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th April, 2008

2005 Kia Carnival LX 2.0 CRDI


Not recommended, even if cheap!


I never bought this car, but did a short term lease from a dealer with the intention to buy, which I never did because this car was really bad:

It's noisy even for a diesel and has several irritating rattles (doors, interior, suspension), also the engine also made a booming noise at a certain rev. Engine also is rough at idle and interior rattles extensively.

The automatic had a life of its own, you basically never knew when it would shift up or down, it was irritating and unpredictable.

Some parts of the interior was loose and rattled.

Driver side window lifter hardly worked and the window seemed to be loose unless in upper position.

Electric bugs: The central locking had a life of its own and was problematic, had to manually open the doors several times. Also problem with defroster.

Rust proofing seem to be poor, and it may start to rust in few years. The paint seem to be poor as well.

General Comments:

Dealer was anxious to sell, but I was unsure so we had this agreement. I'm glad that this dealer was so honest, because I quickly found out that I should not purchase this car. (Carnival is the same car as the Kia Sedona). I drive across Europe and I'm dependent on a reliable car with low running costs.

I think everyone should be careful if considering a Carnival. It seem to be very poorly made. Car was less than 2 years old, but still seemed to have a lot of faults and was worn. Consider other cars instead.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st February, 2007