1999 Kia Shuma from Egypt

Summary:

Not as fancy the first impression may tell you, but it's a very reliable and practical car

Faults:

Relatively low quality materials used in the interior, and it seems they've been careless about the finish (electric glass buttons and CD storage place have been broken or dislocated).

Electric side mirrors controller has stopped working several times, and needed to be changed constantly.

Generally poor quality and finish inside and outside, radio antenna and wipers have broken, and wipers replaced. Right sun visor is broken.

General Comments:

I'm impressed with the reliability of the engine, given that that Kia Motors was a relatively new company in the business, and it was expected that the car would completely break down after 10 years or more, but even now (after 13 years of almost everyday use) it hasn't let me down.

It's cheap to fix and maintain.

Very good-looking and loveable.

Not a very enjoyable car to drive; the seats are very low, however the instrument panel and the doors are relatively high, so that a driver who's not remarkably tall will face some difficulties trying to have a view of the street around him.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th September, 2013

2001 Kia Shuma SX 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

This is a surprisingly good car -- a very practical workhorse, and extremely reliable

Faults:

Leak in the tailgate (easily fixed once found); otherwise just the normal 'wear and tear'.

General Comments:

Bought this car as a cheap runabout/second car, and was impressed by its comfort and reliability that I bought another Kia as my first car. Mazda underpinnings, so parts are cheap and easy to source.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2010

2001 Kia Shuma S 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A lot of car for the money, but expect problems!

Faults:

Car not starting from cold. Have had the Plugs and leads changed, coolant temperature sensor replaced, and fuel injectors cleaned, all to no avail, the car still will not start first time when cold.

Rubber seal around front passenger window lets air in at high speed.

Rubber seal around offside rear passenger door keeps falling off.

Engine prone to stalling when cold.

General Comments:

A lot of problems and I've only had it 6 months - it is clear why the previous owners sold it as its reliability and build quality leave a lot to be desired (my 10 year old Skoda was less trouble!)

That being said you do get a lot of car for the money and it is very fast with good acceleration, engine can handle everything thrown at it.

Uses a lot of petrol when stationary in traffic!

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

Review Date: 5th October, 2005

2000 Kia Shuma SX 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A very quick, comfortable and good looking car.

Faults:

The automatic transmission was faulty from new.

The dealer did not pick up on this till around 18000 miles.

General Comments:

Once the transmisson was replaced she ran much better.

Needed run up to get up long steep hills if you wanted to come off the hill doing more than 90mph.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2003

1998 Kia Shuma SLX 1.8 litre unleaded from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Go with the trusted brands not the new comers!!

Faults:

Paint job on car is well below standard. It simply flakes off.

Petrol filter replaced after 4 visits to dealer and then 2 subsequent visits to another. Car would not start on first, second or third key turn for several months whilst this problem was fixed.

Petrol gauge replaced several thousand kilometres later.

Alternator replaced once again after several trips to the dealer.

Fuel hose kept constantly tearing off engine. This then pumped fuel onto the alternator which subsequently was replaced again along with the fuel hose.

Starter motor repaired after car suffered further starting problems.

Brakes sub par. Wear quickly even without excessively hard braking.

Seatbelt bracket came away from mounting in car.

Radio malfunctioned from day 1. Have had it repaired so many times I have lost count.

General Comments:

After all these problems it is hard to mention anything positive. However:

It does have decent acceleration, and corners well at higher speeds.

It is relatively roomy, with good space in the back for adult sized passengers.

I am thoroughly disappointed, as I bought this car as my first new car, hoping for it to be an enjoyable thing. However I spent the first year and a half taking it back and forth to the dealers, who might I just say had less success fixing the car than I did guessing what was wrong. I have had to spend a great deal of further money keeping this car going and have not had enough to buy another. I will do so the minute I can save enough to make a purchase however. I simply could not recommend this car to any one else. After relating this story too many other people I have found that all, but 1 out of 10 conversations in regards to the KIA cars in general have not been positive. This says something loud and clear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th February, 2003