2005 Kia Carnival LS 2.5L V6 from Australia and New Zealand
Complete engine seizure in our 7 year old, purchased brand new, $29990 car. Apparently a common fault with Carnival's. The Kia company told us that their goodwill does not extend past 100,000km's, and that we have no recourse. Normally I would fight this to my last breath - but with many recent, personal tragedies, I just don't have the fight left in me.
Most mechanics won't touch them, because they can't afford to provide a warranty on such a poorly designed engine.
We eventually did find a mechanic to do a rebuild, and were quoted $6000-7000... for a car that now has a market value of about 3000-4000.
We only sent our Carnival for warranty repairs straight after purchase. The radio did not work and the wiring was very poor. Once the radio was replaced, the only way we could get it to work was if we had the headlights on. The lights - headlights, parkers & tail lights only lasted a few weeks once installed.
This morning a wrecker offered me $400 for my Carnival, and I accepted his offer.
This car was comfortable to ride in and drive, but was not worth what this car has cost us.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th October, 2012
1st Nov 2012, 17:33
I've always thought that KIA should've been kicked out of Australia after they released this rotten vehicle onto the people, along with the appalling first generation Sportage.
Carnivals are usually purchased by families; people who can't afford to spend enormous amounts of money in a vain effort to keep worthless vehicles like this on the road.
I'm sorry you've lost so much money on this.
9th Jan 2013, 16:16
My daughter is a single mother of 5 children. She has had a lot of problems with her 2005 Kia Carnival. She lives in Darwin, and has taken her vehicle to 5 different mechanics. She has had stuff fixed on it that was not broken. So much for the idiot mechanics up there.
She has had problems with overheating ($800), lights, wiring ($600), radio stopped working, front end had to be replaced ($800), and timing belts ($1200).
Now it has broken down again. She has no money for a mechanic until tax time, so her and the 5 kids walk everywhere. She pays $800 a year insurance... the car still has $10,000 owing on it. What can she do?
Shame on you Kia. Stop making cars. You are ruining lives.
7th Jun 2016, 02:49
Had I have done my homework a little more when we purchased our vehicle last year, I wouldn't be in the situation I'm in.
A lovely vehicle appearance wise, interior and exterior, however the motor totally seized out of the blue and caused such damage....