Kia Mentor II Reviews

1998 Kia Mentor II slx 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 kilometres
Most recent distance140000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 760

Summary:

Bloody cheap to run

Faults:

Slave cylinder leaks which the ford dealer refused to acknowledge. Brake shudder was really bad.

General Comments:

This car handled really well at 40000km, especially doing 120km/h around corners on the way to work. I took the car to a volvo garage for service and they replaced the brake pads at 60000km after which the brake shudder stopped. The volvo mechanic told me the leaking slave cylinder wasn't much trouble as you only need to top it up every few months, this proved to be correct and I've driven the car for 4 years like this without trouble. Although the engine is only a 1.5L with 65kw I found the performance is OK with 98 octane, infact it cruises great on it. I had the cam belt changed at 80000km as per scheduled service so have never had an engine failure, checked the plugs after 80000km travel on them and they were like new... must be the petrol I use. The battery lasted almost 7 years and 138000km so reliability is about as good as you can get. I used to own a volvo and was always in the garage, but with this car I haven't had a break down in 4 years of ownership. I added roil metal conditioner to the gear box oil and the gears have never given trouble... still on the original clutch too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2006

25th Jun 2006, 04:26

Hello.

I'm from Australia and am currently looking to buy my first car, but only have around $4,000. Which means I either have to buy something very very old, or something Korean. I don't mind the Kia Mentor from 1997 (called Sephia in other markets) and was wondering if anyone could offer any advice on this car, or other cars I should be looking for. I know very little on this topic, and my parents are not willing to help me look for a car. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

23rd Nov 2009, 23:12

Korean cars are OK, but you have to take care of them regularly, because they can develop faults quickly. Old Japanese iron can develop faults quickly, too, but are much less likely to than Korean cars. Old Aussie cars should keep going strong, with faults developing slowly over time. In my opinion, that last combination is the best for a first car, and the Korean, German, Italian, Japanese, French, Swedish, etc. cars should be left until you're comfortable fixing the car. If you already are, then go for one of those.

2000 Kia Mentor II SX 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65 miles
Most recent distance1500 miles
Previous carSkoda Felicia LXi

Summary:

Marvellous

Faults:

Electric window short circuit shortly after delivery - remedied by dealer in 3 hours - courtesy car provided.

General Comments:

Electric everything on the SX and what value for money at £7495.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2000

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews