2004 NAZA Ria GS from Malaysia - Comments

26th Dec 2005, 21:45

Driving at a very high speed... please be careful with wind crossing and high speed cornering.

5th May 2006, 02:25

I got a Naza Ria about 2 years old. Bought it on April 2004. It's a nice and great car ever. We gain high performance engine for cheap price (RM110k). My Naza Ria doesn't have any problem since the 1st day I bought it. The air-cond is so damn cool. One thing I'm gonna complain about is the car paint is too thick. We can't polish this car frequently cause the paint could leak when you try to polish & wax it.

13th Jun 2006, 03:30

I bought the Ria MPV in October 2004. At present I am experiencing jerking at speed between 55 kph to 65 kph and rpm of 1800.

I am not sure whether other MPV user is also having the same problem. the service center is suggesting me to overhaul the gearbox which I am very reluctant.

MK TAN

19th Jul 2006, 04:40

I bought my NAZA 2.5 in Nov 2003. Generally it is a good, comfortable car for family long distance travelling. Good factory sound system and very spacious for kids to move around.

Some annoying rattles on the stereo panel was fixed with double sided tape (?) on its 10,000km service. The car easily misaligned and we have to do alignment for every 10-15K km or it will cause uneven wear to the tyres.

Naza Ria or Kia Carnival, as its known elsewhere, is certainly a gas guzzler and that's not good news with the fast surging petrol prices. Spare parts and maintenance services are also expensive - comparable to servicing a Merc. Nevertheless, we can't sell it because its secondhand value drop so much. Now we intend to keep in in our porch and use it for weekend family outings only.

Was it a good buy? I think NOT, but my wife loves it. My kids enjoy the space. I don't blame them - they don't fork out the money... MNJ, Shah Alam

25th Jul 2006, 07:34

All.

I came in surprised when I visited some used car dealers. Some dealers told me, the 2nd hand value is terrible! This was mainly due to the high fuel consumption. In view of the high petrol cost, this car becomes JUNK! Which means, no used car dealers will take your NAZARIA!! Good Luck!

3rd Aug 2006, 02:11

I've bought Naza Ria since October 2005. No problem. Very good car. I'm so happy. Petrol consumption should be OK.

Trade in value issues. I believe that's not happening to Naza Ria alone. All cars in Malaysia are having problems with resale value.

Overall. I love my Naza Ria.

30th Apr 2007, 08:37

I read about the new Naza Ria's suspension system (Front Macpherson sturt with stabilizer + Rear Coupled Torsion Beam Axle). It was reported to be very good and able to reduce bumpiness. Will it be possible/expensive to change the old model's suspension system (Model 2004) to the new one to achieve a more comfortable drive?

19th Dec 2007, 07:13

I've just bought Naza Ria early this month. I don't know yet whether it is a fuel consumption car or not, but one thing I'm sure is that I started to love this Naza Ria.

26th Dec 2007, 22:43

I bought my NAZA Ria in November 2004; reaching 60,000 km now without any problem. I have it regularly serviced twice/year and keep it clean. It is not a normal car, it is a family car. Do not speed and do not expect it to perform like a Merc. or Toyota. Drive slowly, feel the stronger pickup than many other "expensive cars". It is very stable and safe if driven at below 120 km/hour on the highway. It fits in seven adults more comfortably than many other cars. Actually it looks better than many other MPVs too. You will admire it when you do not have one for your big family, but do not complain after buying one because it does not perform like a Merc. or BMW. I like it more than my wife's Honda CRV.

5th Jan 2008, 07:59

To All Malaysian, Kia Carnival (Naza RIA),

There was improvement made start from year 2006 version.

I saw 2006 & 2007 GOOD comments.

DON"T worry if you want to buy this NAZA RIA MPV (It is value added)

17th Jan 2008, 10:50

I bought my Naza Ria in Oct 2004. I agree that the car needs alignment and balancing every now and then because it gets misaligned easily.

I had the problem of the car jerking last month, where the plumb cable failed. Last week brake noises were detected and even though the mechanics changed the brake pads many times, the problem remained.. does anyone have this problem?

I also had broken bearings 3 times this year. Due to low resale value, I intend to keep it as a family car for weekend's use only. These problems are giving me so much heartache.

19th Jan 2008, 19:12

This is first time that I heard of a bearing breaking 3 times. This is unbelievable.

Please send your car to Naza Service Center for further examination. Since they are the experts, they will be able to advise you as to what is wrong with your car.

None of my friends had encountered such bearing problems.

I believe only 1 unit out of 500,000 units will have this problem.

19th Feb 2008, 10:02

Very nice car... U never know after you experience it...

A lot of businessmen using it lah...don't worry... Big enough to put in 2 smart car...

If you take out all the seats...=)

Normally facing the problem due to the high fuel consumption...

But can change to gas gua...

RM3~4k.

Any others comments?

25th Jul 2008, 04:19

I am thinking to buy second hand nazaria around the year of 2004 or 05. Is there any major changes to the absorber or other parts to make it better in roads.

Please advise me the different between the new nazaria and the 2006 and below.

28th Aug 2008, 21:38

Respond to original poster:

You just got your driving license, and your car most recent distance just reach 20500km on the clock/dial.. too early to conclude this was a good/superb car/MPV.. here is my advice, be aware of your RIA engine, it's using a Rover engine, it will blew head gasket without any warning on average of 40000km-55000km on the clock.. You will find out that engine oil will leak from that gasket and go through to radiator and mix with coolant.. In this case, your car will lose power and will stop running anytime, at any place.. so be careful.. that time you will need to replace your overall engine with the new one.. this was my experience with this kind of car, KIA Carnival.. my friend using NAZA Ria also had a same problem...

In Australia and New Zealand, "ALL" people who use KIA Carnival had a major problem with their engine.. some of them already replace the motor/engine 3 times within 4-5 years due to a blown head gasket and engine block crack... they need to wait until 3 month for replacing the engine due to high demand for replacing other Carnival engines under warranty... Try to read other reviews about the KIA Carnival at this site from years 1999-2004...

7th Jan 2009, 22:54

I just want to know more about Cars.

10th Jan 2009, 21:11

Naza Ria (Kia Carnival). So far no symptoms of engine overheating and engine oil leaking into coolant, and coolant leaking into the engine.

Believe all has already been resolved.

Naza Kia now is giving consumer 5 years warranty or 125,000KM, whichever come first for Naza Ria (Kia Carnival).

My Naza Ria already reaches mileage 185,000KM, so far had no major problem. (Maintenance done at Naza Kia service center).

19th Oct 2009, 05:23

I am considering buying a Naza Ria RS model. Can anyone offer any advice on what I need to do to avoid engine overheating / any modification on fuel consumption? Any other advice will help.

21st Oct 2009, 01:42

I'm driving a Naza Ria GS model manufactured 2004. Bought a brand new Naza. Overall it's a nice, comfortable family car. HOWEVER - Not to deny the maintenance cost is relatively high and parts are expensive. Imagine to change the timing belt; you have to have minimum RM 3700.00 in pocket. To fix a leaking hose (water coolent) cost me RM 93.00. Thinking of changing the crank shaft sensor kit? Part that starts the car will cost you over RM 200.00. The other thing - the water coolant (at the reserve water tank) - it drained out - I presume there is a leaking somewhere. Please advise.

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