2005 NAZA Ria GS from Malaysia - Comments

20th Jul 2011, 11:21

I wanted to buy a second hand Naza Ria, but when I read all the comments in this forum, I sit back and think about it again. The price is cheaper compared with other MPVs, but not the maintenance.

21st Jul 2011, 08:20

You can buy one. The Naza Ria for sure is a big family MPV. If you always checked the engine, it should be no problem.

29th Jul 2011, 10:31

To start off.. I must say that I am one of the lucky owners of this Naza Ria (Baby Elephant). I bought it in July 2005, and now it's already 6 years old (mileage - 153,000km).

As far as the engine is concerned, I did not encounter any problems at all.. Alhamdulillah.. the parts that were replaced were the wear & tear parts like drive shaft, wheel bearings etc.

One piece of advice that I will treasure from my mechanic (he used to be a NazaKia mechanic) about the car is.. always check the water level of the reservoir tank, & ensure that the 2 air-conditioning fans work well.. the replacement of the plastic T-pipe with a copper one is a must..

29th Jul 2011, 12:22

Dear Sir.

Can you pleased give me the workshop number. I have one Ria end of 2005. Much appreciate if you can advise me. I think I want to change the engine.

2nd Aug 2011, 23:36

Finally I bought the second hand Naza Ria made in 2006. I spent RM5k to get the car back to good working condition. I hardly use the car, so not much comment can be given. However, there is one thing that really irritates me; that is the wind noises from both windows. I have changed the rubber and put the seals to the parts that may contribute to the noises, but no help at all. The workshop said most likely it's the side mirror. Has anyone here been having severe wind noises, and been able to resolve it?

8th Aug 2011, 22:18

Can share the workshop contact number? Is it in KL or Bangi? My email is : khoosh@yahoo.com

15th Aug 2011, 04:59

I am one of the unlucky guys who has the same problem of overheating engine... would like to share about changing to another type of engines... My contact number: 012 - 654 8974...

28th Aug 2011, 10:41

Hi, I experienced some problems with my newly bought second hand 2004 Naza Ria almost 2 hours ago. I rushed home by taxi with my husband & 3 kids, and start searching through the net on what was to be done next.

It was so disappointing, because we thought the fuel or gas needs to be topped up, since the car always stopped on the road without any sign. It was hard to start the engine once this happened, but when we have refilled, it seems like the gas is still half a tank full. The petrol is also more than enough. The meter is out, probably.

Today, about half an hour before Iftar, the car suddenly stopped on the road. We managed to parked it on the roadside & guess what? It couldn't start at all. Tomorrow we should start our Balik Kampung journey, and I think we should cancel it.

Through the forums, I think it's the alternator, because my Naza engine has been converted to Cefiro back in 2008. Plus the wiring needs some touch ups too. What do you think?

31st Aug 2011, 07:26

I bought my Naza Ria 2 years ago. Recently I encountered a problem with my car. It's unable to start (engine), even after changing with a new battery. I left my car overnight at the public parking lot. The next day I come back and I try to start it. It's working and I drive it back home, but just at the junction going into my house, it stopped again while it was still moving. I managed to push it inside my house with the help of my sons. 1 hour later, I tried to start it back and it's working. I'm really puzzled. Please help me.

2nd Sep 2011, 06:55

Please check your original lock remote or alarm.

5th Sep 2011, 06:39

As highlighted by one of the Naza Ria owners earlier, I consider myself as one of the many lucky owners of this 2-tonne MPV. I bought a brand new Ria in July 2005, and as of now it has already clocked 155k kms.

As far as the engine is concerned, I have not encountered nor experienced any overheating problems. What I did experience was the problems pertaining to the wear-and-tear parts like the drive shafts, bearings, oil seal, absorber rubber bush/rings, radiator rubber hose and radiator fan. In fact, the fan was replaced just now with a new one (original made in Korea MOBIS brand). It cost me 360.00 (complete set) as compared to KSC (about 420.00 for motor only).

For you owners of the Naza Ria, it is advisable for you to refer to only 1 mechanic for problems (like me, 1 mechanic who used to work at KSC). My advice, change the plastic T pipe to a copper one, frequently check your water level in the tank, ensure the fans are working perfectly.. What can I say.. I am just lucky.. God willing.. Insyaallah.. Everything is OK and will remain OK..

9th Sep 2011, 01:10

Hi all, I am a Sabahan, and I felt lucky to have bought a Naza Ria 2004.

The engine has been changed for a new one, new paint, interior leather touched-up, all the broken small parts have been swapped with other stock. I only need to spend rm2k for the air-conditioning service out of rm3000, because my boss has covered the rm1k. And guess what, I got brand new Japanese sport rims, which are much more lighter than the current Korean scrap metal rims. And the best part is, my boss gave me the full loan for rm38k.

8th Oct 2011, 04:33

Dear All.

I am Sabahan, and plan to buy a 2nd hand Naza Ria SE 2006 model. The car is worth rm45,000 and the clock says 71,000km. I really like the car's space and I plan to use it as a weekend car. But after reading all your comments regarding the car's engine, I'm unsure either to take it or not? FYI, I already paid a booking fee of RM200. I've heard that Naza Ria SE edition engine already has been improved. Is it true? I'm just concerned about the engine; the other parts, not really. Please share with us your experience with this model. Thank you.

13th Oct 2011, 03:44

Hello rveryone! As much as I love the Naza Ria, I am currently disappointed because of the same problems posted by most owners here - Overheating and a water leak into the engine.

For the past 2 months, every morning before driving, I would fill up the radiator, because the level goes down due to water loss through the exhaust pipe. If I don't do that, the temperature will shoot up after about 30 minutes of driving.

Now the problem is worse. My engine shakes and is now "3 cylinder"! I cannot drive it any more.

My options:

1. Sell - nobody wants a "3 cylinder" car.

2. Overhaul - cost about RM 8000 or more - does not guarantee to solve the problem.

3. Change engine - about RM 10000.

i. Naza engine - same problem waiting to happen.

ii. Cefiro 2.5 engine - works well according to mechanics. Saves fuel. Easier to understand this Japanese engine. Takes about a month including registration with JPJ.

I am considering the Cefiro engine. It is a lot of money, but it is a lot less than buying a new family MPV. With a little bit more cash, a new coat of paint and upholstery will complete the upgrade!!

One last thing... why are the people responsible for the Naza Ria brand keeping quiet on this matter? Their credibility is very much at stake.

Thank you.