2002 Kia Carnival LS 2.5Ltr petrol from Australia and New Zealand
A great budget wagon for a family budget.
The only mechanical problem to date was a slipping clutch at 30,000 kl, which was replaced without charge or argument by dealer, Eagers KIA of Brisbane.
At 2 tonne empty, the Carnival is a big, heavy car and suffers as a result. The small V6 has to be coaxed up steep hills with the gear shift when heavily loaded and a little more braking distance allowed. It is however, more than adequate for it's usual roll as "Mum's Taxi".
Intending buyers who would prefer a little more grunt, should investigate the cost/benefit of fitting an aftermarket turbo from new. The bargain purchase price would make this an affordable improvement.
What the Carnival lacks in Luxury, it makes up for in comfort, even for rear passengers. Sore backs were not an issue on a recent 5,000 kl driving holiday.
There is space to burn, in an interior designed for touring with children. The rear seating even removes completely, converting it into a van.
My wife has no problem maneuvering it and loves the high seating position.
My expectations were not high for a vehicle priced so much below it's competitors, but I have been pleasantly surprised.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th January, 2005
3rd Aug 2005, 01:36
Just off the phone with Eagers Kia. They have ordered a new engine and it is to be replaced free of charge.
Given that this common problem has reportedly been addressed in later models, I would still consider a Carnival again. Why? Because most new cars have problems which can take time to become evident and remedy. How a manufacturer stands by it's warranty is important and I have nothing, but praise for the way they have looked after the couple of problems we've had.
6th Feb 2008, 21:22
I appreciate your honesty and it has helped me decide on whether to purchase a Kia Carnival or not. Not! Thanks Jay Bird.