1998 Kia Pride Reviews

1998 Kia Pride GTX EFI from Philippines

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission EFI Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 kilometres
Most recent distance95200 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corona

Summary:

Great practical car

Faults:

Front disc brake pads and rear drum brake pads were all worn out.

General Comments:

This car is very economical for city driving.

The engine is very powerful though it makes a humming sound inside the cabin, but fades away when the car stereo is turned on.

The cabin is very spacious and the seats are very comfortable.

Lots of cheap spare parts available.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 9th October, 2006

1998 Kia Pride 1.3 from Italy

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

Cheap to buy, cheap to run and reliable!

Faults:

The passenger electric window was already stuck when I got the car, then, the glass began to slide down. I had to put a piece of plastic inside the passenger door to keep the window up.

General Comments:

Great car for a very small prize! Here in Italy, a Fiat Panda (the older, uglier model without the optionals), costs more than the KIA Pride. Nonsense.

Very cheap to run. I get about 17 km./liter.

Very very reliable. I use it both in city traffic, and I also traveled from Italy to Poland and back (overall about 2500 km.) already two times.

The engine is not so powerful, but you notice it only at high speed. It's a light car and in the city it's power is more than enough. It's top speed is 165 kph.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2005

1998 Kia Pride Shout 1.3i from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3i Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A great all round affordable package and underrated by the prejudiced

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

The Pride is cheap to tax, insure and £10 will half fill the petrol tank!

It is surprisingly nippy with reasonable headroom (I am 6 feet tall)

The rear spoiler/colour matched bumpers/mini side skirt with front splitters and five spoke alloys make this car look quite cheeky and set it apart from the more base models.

Dash switches are awkward to see and use. The electric window switches (on this model) are on the centre console, but difficult to hit quickly as the gear stick seems to get in the way. Similarly the rear wash/wipe, rear screen de-mister and rear fog switches are hidden behind the steering wheel requiring a bit of finger searching before hitting the right one.

The seats seem to be well made appear to wear extremely well too.

Ride can be a little harsh, but nothing horrible, it is actually quite fun to drive.

The headlights are very bright. Staggeringly bright on main beam.

There is plenty of room under the bonnet if you wish to do your own mechanical work and the cam belt can be changed without removing engine mounts whilst jacking up the engine... a definite plus for the DIY mechanic!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd February, 2005

1998 Kia Pride GLX 1.3 from Slovenia

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 kilometres
Most recent distance65000 kilometres
Previous carSkoda Favorit

Summary:

Great car for little money!

Faults:

Clutch cable was torn, but was very cheap to replace.

Front window cleaning mechanism broke down.

General Comments:

It's a great small car. I am very pleased with it.

Very low running cost, and spare parts are cheap and easy to get.

Fuel consumption is 7l/100km in the city, and around 6L/100km on open roads. The car is very jumpy, and has great acceleration for a car this small.

It's very good for the city, although it handles like a boat on water at high speeds on the highway. FUN!

I would recommend it to anyone who would like a cheap car with lots of equipment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 2004

17th Oct 2007, 22:37

Kia pride wagon glxi is very economical car... two thumbs up!

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 4 reviews