1999 Kia Pride Reviews

1999 Kia Pride SX 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired43000 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

Was OK when running well... wouldn't have another!!

Faults:

Passenger door leaked water in... really bizarre... came in under the bottom door seal and settled in a pool in the footwell.

Petrol locking cap didn't lock, kept popping open all the time!

Engine starting behaving badly... juddering, jumping, kangarooing... drinking petrol like it was going out of fashion!!!

Spent 2 weeks in the Kia garage, and they couldn't find out what was wrong with it!!

New this, new that, new the other... still no improvement!!!

General Comments:

Was a nice tidy motor which ran well... until it went wrong, then it was a devil of a job to find out what was wrong with it... it deteriorated so quickly!!!

A little too light and flimsy for me... buffeted around a bit too much in strong (ish) winds... not great on slippery roads.

Very basic inside, but roomy and comfortable enough... although a little flimsy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th June, 2007

15th Jul 2007, 14:50

It sounds like a problem with coil or magnet. Which parts did you renew?

My car's coil cracked and I had the same problem with the engine, but after changing the coil the problem was solved.

4th Aug 2009, 06:34

I agree with comment re coil; mine was the same, but has been fantastic since then.

1999 Kia Pride Deluxe 1.3 from Denmark

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance43400 kilometres

Summary:

I'm keeping this one for a long time

Faults:

Ignition failure after a visit to the car wash.

General Comments:

It's very fun to drive.

Handles well, despite the lack of power steering.

Suspension gets a bit wobbly at high speeds, and cabin noise is a bit of a bother.

Second gear is hard to hit, without the use of force.

Spacious interior (I'm 195cm and it fits me perfectly.)

Seats take some getting used to, though. Uncomfortable at first, but very nice once they get that "this-is-my-body-shape" molding :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2002

1st Oct 2002, 15:56

Ignition failure after a car wash.

Whats that all about?

4th Oct 2002, 18:55

Ignition failure after a car wash...

Well, it was ignition failure after a car wash. I ran the car through the automated car wash at my local gas station, and then it wouldn't start...

It might have something to do with the fuse for my amplifier, which is connected directly to the battery's plus terminal, thus "slightly" exposing the terminal to the water running through the engine compartment :)

Not really the car's fault, I know, but I had trouble finding something negative to say about the car :)

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews