A quiet way to glide from place to place
Electric sliding side door intermittent fault.
Electric sliding side door lock fault - $27 to fix.
Saggy rear door struts - $230.
Noisy timing belt pulley - $200.
Radiator (alloy) - $650 (Sob!).
Sagging roof lining - $500.
You won't get any speeding tickets, but it is like driving your lounge room from place to place.
When we bought this car with the roof sagged in. Not uncommon for a car of this vintage. About $500 AUD to repair.
The rear door needed new struts, and they were sourced from Chrysler for about $230. Not cheap, and I should have checked eBay.
The sliding door on the driver's side had a door lock that failed, but at least you could push the button. I eventually bought a replacement on eBay for $27, and it took 20 minutes to install.
Sometimes the electric door motor won't kick in, but there are YouTube vids that show how to check the wiring harness and re-solder the cable. Haven't bothered yet. I just slide it manually when it happens.
Parts are generally cheap and easily available.
Although the engine is pretty sweet, it is tuned for torque, not acceleration, which makes it lethargic, but it doesn't seem to notice if it has more people in it. The cruise control is a waste of time, as the engine just cannot keep up the pace.
The "Limited" has leather and electric everything, as well as climate controlled 3 zone air con. The electric doors impress everyone. The stereo had been replaced when I bought it. It also has plenty of storage nooks and excellent hooks to hang your shopping bags, which actually work beautifully. The auto dimming rear vision mirror also works really well. It has 12v outlets, two front and one rear, which are great for the kids to charge iPods etc while you're moving.
This is the smoothest riding car I have ever owned. It is also quiet and has masses of luggage space, unlike seven seater 4WDs. All of the rear seats can be removed, leaving a massive amount of room if you need to shift something large. The rear seat slides back and forth, so I can fit three bikes in the back and still shut the door.
Much nicer than Kia Grand Carnival, but nowhere near as powerful.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th July, 2014