1994 Kia Pride Review

1994 Kia Pride LX 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired21771 miles
Most recent distance73245 miles
Previous carMazda 121

Summary:

Reliable budget buy that flies

Faults:

Clutch

Disc's

Pads

Exhaust (All 3 parts)

Steering Rack

Pinion

Drive Shaft

Track rod end

Suspension has just become very soft

Handbrake (Rear brakes locking)

Wheel alignment re-setting every 5000 miles.

General Comments:

I have driven this car really hard over the past 5 years, so no wonder these parts needed replaced.

I have a love/hate relationship with my pride, and driving it hard gives me pleasure.

It's a 1.3 and is faster than any other car in its class barring performance models etc.

I've seen it beat a 1.8 golf up a dual carriage-way hill.

My pride still does 300 miles to a tank costing me £26.

Its still just as quick as it was when it was given to me by my Gran. Just now, I'm loving it.

This car is seriously quick, but handles like a boat on stilts. Great fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th February, 2004

28th Sep 2004, 05:39

I would have to disagree about the Pride being 'Seriously Quick', but it does have very good torque at the low revs which is where I think it scores points for many. Gets breathless in the high revs though. I assume they've done the cam timing for low-rev town driving and that suits me fine.

7th Dec 2006, 18:23

I am in total agreement with you, because I was blessed with one. This car for its small size with stock rims, it corners so well, it is frightening. I have this car for over ten years, and the engine hasn’t been into. All the parts I ever changed is

Tie Rod End

CV Joints

Bearings

Bushings

Shocks.

Every thing in its class is left behind, my 2nd gear gives me 110.3 KMPH this is when you change just before the red line (try it).

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 1 review