2004 Kia Picanto from Malaysia - Comments

5th Dec 2004, 08:05

Just a quick comment, somebody says about a wira with RM10,100km...that's impressive as it translates to about 14km/litre at current fuel price hike... and you are complaining about that???...try driving a 9km/litre vehicle everyday... oh well...I love my car anyhow.

16th Dec 2004, 10:40

10km / litre is quite high for a small car like Picanto. I am expecting around 12km / litre from it. My current kelisa 1.0 auto can go around 13km / litre.

28th Dec 2004, 01:38

I always doubt Korean technology. My Nissan March 1.0 automatic (1996 model K11) can go up to 15km/l on 70% highway and 30% urban driving.

In my humble opinion, the Koreans are fast catching up, BUT they are still not there yet. If I would to be shopping for a budget car in the next 2-3 years, my choice would still be Japanese and it would either be a Honda City or a Toyota Viol, never Korean or Malaysian.

3rd Jan 2005, 18:40

I got my Kia Picanto (A) recently and am quite happy with the fuel consumption. It rounds to 14Km/Litre in highspeed driving. Though the pickup power may seem a bit sluggish at first, it is quite OK once I adjusted to it. After all, it is a small car with automatic transmission.

On the other hand, I remember the brochure indicate there is ABS built into Picanto. Somehow I can't seems to 'feel' it when I tried it last week on a sandy road with speed of 40Kmh. I kept my feet all they way down, but felt nothing (there should be some kind of strange noice plus tyre track to identify the working of ABS, right? Perhaps I should go a bit faster for ABS to kick-in?). Will check with the technician during servicing.

Anyway, it is a good car after all.

4th Jan 2005, 07:08

I have had my new Picanto since late September and I am delighted with it. It is excellent value for money, looks good and feels good to drive. My previous car was a Kia Pride which I bought when 1 year old and kept for almost 10 years.

The only problem I have had is that when only two weeks old my handbrake suddenly failed when parked and my car rolled back into another. When I got into the car to move it the handbrake was still on, so if buying a Picanto always leave it in gear as the brake is not reliable.

18th Jun 2005, 07:12

Fuel mileage... My Picanto LX Automatic has a fuel mileage of around 18-20km/L in highway driving, crawling down to 13-14km/L in city driving. Average mileage is an impressive 16.2km/L.

The gas tank however, is small- only 35 liters. Maybe this is why you think you're getting "10km/L".

6th Jul 2005, 10:07

I agreed with 2004 manual transmision Picanto gasoline only 1/15 in high way with avarage 160 km/hours.Very fast car on the 3500 rpm for the engine 1100 cc. Urban could be 1/20 with 40 to 60 Km/H. Specially used 95 gasoline.

30th Apr 2006, 13:34

My advice is to buy a European or Japanese car instead.

The Picanto is the best car so far from the manufacturer, but it is woefully poor when compared to its rivals. Try a VW Fox, Toyota Yaris / Aygo, New Clio etc etc and you will see.

Good luck.

13th Jul 2006, 00:58

In Manual I don't think the fuel consumption is so bad. In Singapore, the mean average FC is 15kml, the lowest is 13kml, the best FC is around 17kml.

It varies, after 10,000km mileage with your oil change to full synthetic. you will see the improvement.

Auto is at mean average 12kmL, worsytis 10kmL, best is at 14kmL.

Enjoy your ride ;D.

24th Aug 2006, 08:36

Kia Picanto is the undisputed good value for money small car. My manual Picanto can easily fetch 17KM/litre driving at speed averaging 100km/hr in the city. I have read a few Taiwanese car magazine reviews on Picanto and every time it turned out to be the most economical car to drive and own. The Taiwanese Picanto sales slogan goes something like this: "You don't need to buy a diesel car to save fuel cost, just buy a EuroStar!" Picanto is called EuroStar in Taiwan. Wish you love your Picanto as much as I do.

9th Sep 2006, 15:10

Yes igot one man. trans. LX 1100cc and it is very good and over one I saved -it is strong and stable over 100 km and no secrte this car is my no.14 over my life. i love it.

4th Nov 2006, 07:55

I'm from the Philippines, I am driving a picanto lx 1.1 manual, I am getting 17km/l in highway driving at an average and on city driving it is about 12-13km/l, I am happy with the performance and no problem encountered.

27th Nov 2006, 05:50

My Picanto is a 2005 1.0GS I've found that fuel consumption is fantastic around town, but can be quite diabolical on the motorways where driving at over 3500rpm is needed. That said I would highly recommend higher octane fuels such as 99 super unleaded, although this costs more the car performs better and seems to do better mpg. My puny 999cc engine will max out at 106mph so I can't complain about performance for the size. Just wish I could find some engine specifications/ workshop manual for this car to aide tuning. Perfect car for my small family- two adults and three children.

20th Jan 2007, 14:40

I'm driving a Automatic Picanto. I never had any problem with my Picanto. For the past 2 years, I am enjoying this car. NO REPAIR at all. Just normal 5000km black oil replacement. So what can I say. Look great, work great and pocket GRATEless!

Talking about long distance driving, fuel consumption is still very low compare to other car. It is a sensitive car and the transmission is very smooth. Please be reminded that do not rev it above 3500rpm, there is no point of doing so except to burn more fuel and drag the Picanto to hell. It will gradually increase in pickup.

Tips: For automatic Picanto, to save fuel, please be gentle with the accelerator pedal. Press it slowly until 3000rpm, as the car move smoothly, listen for the gear change and release the pedal abit everytime the gear about to change. This is assure you that there is no need to rev it all the way more than 3500 rpm because your technometer will show you that you are driving at 90km/h.

After a simple modification to my injector which cost me RM50, I get 9sec (1-100km/h) and 25% fuel saving for my Picanto! Proton car can eat dust for that.

I will not change or upgrade this car for it is a practical car which over-achieved what I really want in a 'car'. Proton car is more like a CARt.

I would recommend to most driver who are driving a problematic MALAYSIA BOLEH car called PROTON to switch to Picanto or Naza Suria. By the way body kits will be flooding the market for modding freaks with the introduction of Naza Suria.

16th Jul 2007, 02:35

Hi.

You mention that your change your Picanto fuel injector. Can share with us more at www.sgkiaclub.com??

Lots of Picanto owners there.

31st Aug 2008, 06:02

The air conditioning is a bit hot for this car. Any comment?? Anyone?? Been using this car for two years.

20th Jan 2009, 12:28

Replace the air filter behind the glove compartment for the air conditioner about every 25000-30000 kilometers. Makes a big difference to the air coming through the air conditioner.

26th Dec 2010, 23:34

Hi to all Picanto owner..

Little doubt, I would purchase a secondhand Kia Picanto 1.1 auto transmission, model 2005. I'm just worried about the spare parts for the Picanto, if I have a problem in the future.

By the way, I'm staying in Malaysia.

Any please do help me on this?

30th May 2012, 02:05

My 1998 1.8 liter Toyota Corolla with automatic tranny, and about 300,000 kms on the engine and tranny, gives an economy of 10 km per liter within the city. So I guess a 2004 Picanto should definitely perform much better. I was thinking of buying one, but I guess my Corolla is far better in terms of reliability, comfort and space.

30th May 2012, 02:09

If you check the user guide of any manual tranny car, you will find that while parking, the car HAS to be in a gear and not in neutral (in addition to the parking brake). Obviously you hadn't checked the book.

Corolla Owner.

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