2002 Kia Shuma L 1.6 petrol
Cheap for a reason
Electrical faults (various).
Bought out of necessity as my beloved Nissan Primera became uneconomical to repair. Saw this Shuma, a vision in blue, took it for a test drive and purchased it for 400 pounds after a quick peruse of the paperwork.
Big mistake. The car had appalling seats, which I found difficult to get into a comfortable position. To add to the poor seats, the ride was also not the best; I think the suspension was an optional extra on this car that the first owner didn't specify. It was crashy and bouncy even on smooth roads.
On a more irritating note, the car had a random electrical fault which I first noticed when I would use the headlights to flash oncoming traffic. Whenever this was deployed at low speeds, the car would stall. This happened for a couple of weeks and then stopped. But a short while later, the car failed to start while at a petrol station, as if the battery had died. After turning the wheel however, the dash lights came back on and the car started as it nothing had happened. It was then I decided I'd had enough; fixing it would probably be more than the thing was worth, so I traded it in after six weeks for a Chevrolet Lacetti Estate, which so far has been excellent, despite higher miles. Incidentally when I received the V5 back, I was the seventh owner, which says a lot about this particular Kia.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th December, 2015