2000 Kia Carnival LS 2.6 V6 from Australia and New Zealand


You almost get what you deserve


CD player skips when you hit slight bumps on the road.

Check light constantly coming on and off with no explanation. Has been looked at 3 times, Dealership explanation sensor and wiring problem all replaced, but problem still persists.

Starter motor problem Dealership fixed.

Head gasket blown 90000km still sorting out if warranty coverage is valid.

General Comments:

Hard to turn sharply.

Hard to park in parking bays.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st June, 2003

5th Aug 2003, 22:25

I have a 1999 Kia Carnival which recently blew a head gasket at 73000km. Kia (Australia) has agreed to supply a new short motor and to cover the labour as a 'goodwill' gesture (the vehicle is 7 months out of warranty). The technician informed me on the phone that this was a known weakness in these engines.

They have asked me to pay for the cost of machining the heads and all gaskets and fluids.

2000 Kia Carnival LS V6 2.5 litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand


You get what you pay for - for a SUV it's fairly good value


Fuel gauge is often erratic, although sender unit was replaced at 1000Km.

A spark plug failed at 8000Km - waited 3 days for a replacement part.

Advised at only 10,000Km that front brake pads required replacing and that rotors needed machining.

Speedometer may be inaccurate - car was clocked at 94Km/hr when speedometer displayed 100Km/hr.

Groaning from power-assisted steering pump on tight turns.

Recently, engine fails to start - swapping the fuel-pump relay with horn or fog-lamp relays seems to help, for a while...

CD player skips when going over bumps, and the clock (in the CD/radio) doesn't keep time.

Very long handbrake lever travel - at least with automatic transmission 'Park' keeps it still.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable and (in my view) extremely good value for money.

There is plenty of room for 7 people and a fair amount of luggage.

So for now I'm prepared to put up with the small(ish) problems. Either that or waste time putting the car in for minor repairs. Good job it has a 3 year warranty :L)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd April, 2003

2000 Kia Carnival LS 1.7 from United Arab Emirates




Exhaust has been replaced completely.

All electrical wiring has gone wrong (flashing hold sign comes more than once). This resulted in replacing the complete wiring.

The gasoline tank melted down because of the exhaust over-heating, which made a hole in the tank (just think of the clumsy design that makes the tank made of plastic (HDPE)). It is very dangerous, I could have been blown-up with the car.

The steering vibrates over 150 km/h, even though the tyres are brand new and the car steering has been balanced.

The installed radio has a very poor reception, it cuts the station within 10-15 miles from the broadcaster.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th December, 2002

2000 Kia Carnival LS 2.6 from Australia and New Zealand


KIA Carnival stinks


For 2 years the KIA was apparently running fine then problems began to emerge:

- Head gasket blew at around 30,000KM.

- Electrical problems with fuel injection.

- Electrical problems with warning lights.

- Fuel gauge sticks at the half-way point.

- CD-Player skips, and now CDs just won't play.

- Automatic gearbox starting to have problems in engaging 4th gear.

General Comments:

The car's turning circle is terrible. Although it was a good price, and it comes with 3 years manufacturers warranty, having the car off the road every 2nd week is not worth it.

Re-sale price drops considerably.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th November, 2002

2000 Kia Carnival LS 2.5 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


This car is a lemon


Power steering pump cracked.

Wiring harness replaced.

Clutch replaced.

Engine replaced.

Window seals replaced.

Gearbox overhauled 4 times, still not fixed. Difficulty shifting gears.

Engine check light shows repeatedly.

Paint fallen off.

Stone-chips very easily.

Radio replaced 6 times - still doesn't work.

Sliding doors stick in locked position.

Idling high.

Fuel system intake - power cuts out when turning right.

Rotors replaced at 40000km - can't be machined.

Failed brakes - mechanic can't find problem.

Speakers cut out.

Rattles in rear of car.

Rattles from dashboard area.

Erratic fuel gauge.

Pieces falling off car.

Handbrake doesn't hold vehicle satisfactorily on slopes.

General Comments:

Kia have made no attempt to resolve the problems I am having, and the mechanics are stumped.

The vehicle has so far spent 55 days in the repair shop.

The car is 2years, 4months old.

I know several people with the same vehicle, and while they all have similar problems, my vehicle has had the most problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th September, 2002

10th Sep 2002, 01:49

From all of those faults I would expect a letter to KIA and the trade practices would result in getting a replacement car. This would surely come under the 'Lemon' laws?

You may as well ask, you have nothing to lose!

15th Nov 2002, 20:37

After you have paid half off the vehicle you can hand it back without any comebacks or bad marks on your credit.

Remember KIA is korean for poo. GET SHUT, they get worse.