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How Reliable Is Kia?

Ive been saving to get a down payment for a Toyota, but not having a car to move around is killing me. Im seriously considering getting a Kia (Rio or Cerrato). Please can you advise on the reliability of these cars? Thanks!!

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I dont know about all this complain about Kia. I drive a 2007 Rio, have done Warri-Lagos-Warri with it fortnightly for 6months through the bad roads and I dont have a thing to complain about

Its simply Awesome. I enjoy the fact that its got good clearance and the fuel economy is wonderful. My tank is 45 litres and I make Lagos on 28 litres or thereabout.

Had a Nissan Sunny before this and I can say its a great car

If you never try am, No abuse am o!!!

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@Lawyerchap,

sorry,its the Elantra.kinda mixed it up.am really in love with the design.

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Um Lawyer chap so u analyze cars as well, anyways thanx 4d info

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[table]Quote from Cecegorz

Whatever car that catches your fancy, brand new or Tokumbo. Firstbank can make it happen!

If u have a 6mths payslip 4m your company. give me a call, it's all urs.

0802 783 8165.[/table]

My brother, Under what financing option.

And what is the interest rate if one intends to pay over 4 years for a car worth 1.8m.

And what do nairalanders think of the Comil.

I think it is one of these korean models

it sells for about 1.8 m

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Different strokes for different folks.

Everybody sharing their own experience. Some say Kia is good, some say it is bad, some say na Toyota be the best, some na Honda. Just like a group of blind men analyzing the elephant by touching the different parts of its body.

All these cars pass a certain standards (under normal conditions) and are approved before they are pushed out into the market.

It now depends on the user/car owner to operate the car under normal or abnormal conditions. A car's perfomance seroiusly depends on the people using or maintaining it.

If you buy 'bad' car and use it with care it will last longer than if you buy a 'good' car and abuse it with passion.

@poster, the earlier you make up your mind, the better cos too much reviews and views will only confuse you the more.

GOODLUCK and use the car (whenever you buy it) with caution it will last longer.

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@Kacey5

You don't have to be in the school of hardknocks to details what the experience is.

@Poster

In the longrun, you'd have paid the price on the Kia what you'd have saved if you bought a reliable vehicle.

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Abeg ma sister!!!!!! Ur Car go spoil "Kia Kia" Get a Golf 3 or 4 instead or get Toyota Camry. Kia is total rubbish 4 now!

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I am driving KIA RIO, the worst mistake ever. AND it cost me $9,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish i got a toyota instead. It hurts as i'm still paying for it.

I cannot imagine driving KIA in nigeria

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The Kia brand has no second hand value. Also, the body structure is not rigid for naija roads. The parts are also very expensive to buy. Same goes for Hyundai, in fact the parts are interchangeable. Just my 50 cent worth.

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I'll take a Honda or Toyota with 200,000 miles over a brand new 0 mile kia! PERIOD.

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Get a toyota camry 1999 or 2000, 2003, 2004 or 2007

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@bimbayo,

a those prices supposed to be for brand new cars.

cos a friend of mine got a hyundai aceent 2007 model for over 3m.though it was bank financed.

i also have info that honda city is over 2m too.

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PRICE LIST & STALLION MOTORS ADDRESSES

HYUNDAI

Accent 1,695,000

Getz 1,795,000

Elantra 2,595,000

Sonata 3,595,000

Azera 6,395,000

HONDA

City 1,999,000

Civic 3,250,000

Accord 4,150,000

CR-V 5,295,000

SKODA

SEDAN AMBIENTE 1,895,000

LIMO AMBIENTE 2,595,000

LIMO COMFORT 3,450,000

STYLE AMBIENTE 2,295,000

AUDI

A3 (1.6) 5,495,000

A4 (2.0) 6,495,000

A6 (2.4) 9,495,000

Q.7 (3.6) 15,995,000

VOLKSWAGEN

Suran 2,295,000

Golf 3,895,000

Jetta 3,395,000

Passat 4,795,000

Beetle 4,495,000

Touareg 9,995,000

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All thoz bankers sef na wa o.

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Whatever car that catches ur fancy, brand new or Tokumbo. Firstbank can make it happen!

If u have a 6mths payslip 4m ur company. give me a call, it's all urs.

0802 783 8165.

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kia is  ok,

u guys dissing kia.

are u driving one now?, or are u merely reporting hearsay?,

the only valid point u might have is abt parts, but that is being worked out  now.there are many kia centers in major cities.  n  they  render  good  service,

but all in all toyota is a better mAKE, but i wud prefer  a kia cerato brand new  any time anyday  to  a  2000 mod camry,

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Yes the arrangement is only with diamond bank. But this is not to say that other banks cannot provide financing to purchase a chevrolet. But they won't take a 10% down payment. Only Diamond will do that.

Thanks lawyerchap,

Pls i need details. I'd appreciate if you could give me more details and probably contacts. Thank you.

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Yes the arrangement is only with diamond bank. But this is not to say that other banks cannot provide financing to purchase a chevrolet. But they won't take a 10% down payment. Only Diamond will do that.

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@poster

http://www.whatcar.com/

http://www.evecars.com

I have been researching on cars to buy and I have found that there is no generally good or bad car brand. Within every good brand there is a below average model and within every so called bad brand there usual a gem. I would suggest that you get the specific model of Kia and read the reviews of experts as well as users. There is also a link above which would also give you a review from a womans point of view as well. Goodluck

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Lawyerchap, Pls could you give details of the Chevrolet/ Diamond arrangement. Is the arrangement only with Diamond bank? ,

Thanks.

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504 is very reliable and cheap to maintain, i wonder what u need a car for, do you have a good job??

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The Chevrolet Aveo full options (Automatic) is a great little vehicle with a 1.5 litre engine and lots of options you'd only normally find in higher end cars. Plus its American and so is percieved as more durable that the Kias. It goes for N1,995,000. There is a financing package from Diamond Bank where you can deposit as low as 10% down payment and pay the rest over 48 months. It's a dream of a package, as with 200K you can drive off this brand new car. Think about it. But whatever you do, do not buy a tokunbo vehicle.

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Reply to wisemugu, as per you thinking of buying a car for your wife, u should bear in mind that u would not see a brand new Toyota corolla (2003/2004) model. I guess tear rubber means brand new?What I believe is, a brand new car is a brand new car and there is no way u can compare a brand new KIA to a tokunbo. My very good friend got a KIA Rio in 2003 and as we speak she's still using it and has never made any complains about the car. I am planning on buying a Rio or Cerrato and no matter what people say i believe they won't be on the road if they were not good enough. Why buy a tokunbo car for the same amount you will get a brand new.

KIA Rio manual is going for 1.6 if not a little less while the auto is about 1.8.

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Very good, timming chains, and lots of sensors(depending on model year).

For a lady you are probably looking at Cavalier, Malibu, or Cobalt from US or the European Chevy/Opel range.

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What about Nissan Altima 98/99 MODEL?

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Anybody have any info on Chevrolet?

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Rather than going for this unknown Agel in Kia why not try out a new Honda city or honda Civic they should be in the range of 1.8m and 2.5m and you surely can get a good financing facility. The suggetions abovei believe has confused than opinionated the poster. No pun intended though but there are so many divergent views. I will go for a Hyundai instead of a kia if am in your shoes. Not because I they are not good but they aren't convincing at first view. All the same try out my suggestion a la viperman.

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pls am about changing my car from a 2001 honda civic and my wife has been pushing for a kia ,but i want a corrolla even if not the 2006,probably the 2003 as far as its tear rubber.pls any info on the exact price for 2003/2004 corolla manual tear rubber.also how much exactly is kia rio(auto and manual)

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why do you think they called it Kia?

rhymes with tufia(Igbo for God Forbid)

that one na better name?

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its true,

but since u are a lady , u have much more options,

honda city, /honda civic/kia cerato n rio, /hyundai/chevrolet, i belive brand new cars that are not more than 2.2m are better than any toks, cos u cud get finacing 4rm the banks,

take 4 example the 2002 camry, its definetely a luxury vehicle goes 4 btw 2.2 n 1.8m, far much beeter than a cerato, but its very few banks that will give u financing 4 a toks,

try oceanic bank though, a friend of mine bought his toks tru their loan

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I had a Kia for a short time, and I was not that impressed with it. Tho it was brand new, and no problems, when it would rain, I could hear water as if it was getting inside of the car under the gear shift. Not a bad car, but just not my style for comfort. I prefer my Chrysler.

love & light,

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In the 80s korean made cars were not as good as other makes. But for a few years now,there is alot of improvement in the sales of Kia/Hyundai cars due the improvement in their quality.

Slaes have been very good in the USA that we can not write of Korean cars anymore.

I see Kia/Hyundai beating Honda/Mitsubishi in terms of volumes of world wide sales in the next few years to come.

The Kias are here to stay

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Viperman

Thanks for the comment.

The site is for my organization, i work as a web sales executive there.

Feel free to get most of your cars listed for sale and you will be surprised of the response you will get. Dont limit your adver of cars to Nairaland alone, spread your adverts every where for faster sales of your product.

cheers

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Siena, let me let you know that a friend of mine was accidentantly hit at a junction.The KIA RIO car somersaulted wit the kids and the woman inside. fortunately nobody died . The impact was very much on the body.

Unlike toyota that can withstand such impact and the parts are like buying a satcher of pure water on the street. Available and cheap.

The only advantage of kia is that it is a new car but a good fairly used is above match for it.

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need2know,

Maybe you should let us know the actual price you have ro you are will to pay for the car of your choice and lets give you other car options that falls within the price range and the millage

you can check out some of the ones i came accross at www.tokunbo.com.ng

1. Mitshubishi lancer - 950k

2. Mitshubishi gallant - 750k

3. kia soranto - 1.5m

4. Nissan sentra - 750k

check it out yourself and make a deal if it pleases you. www.tokunbo.com.ng

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Dear Siena,

Most people, myself inclusive, will tell you that driving a Kia in the UK is not exactly like driving on Lagos roads.

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The current Kia's are not bad cars at all.

I ran a Kia Rio 1.6 as a lease car for 4 years, with NO reliability issues at all. I drive my cars hard too.

All I replaced in the 4 years I had it was the catalytic converter, which developed an annoying rattle in it's 4th year, at 83,000 miles.

My sister also had the same car, but a 1.3 for 6 years, nothing was replaced in that time, apart from both front tyres.

Kia are a lot better than people give them credit for, a lot of folk are comparing them to Toyota, Nissan or Honda! How do you compare a relatively new make, to the above mentioned 3 that have been in production for over 30 years?

In terms of fuel economy, have you done a back-to-back test? Crash resistance, you say the Toyota's better, but how have you worked that out? Just by looking at the body, or the fact the Kia's small and light?

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Exactly, even rosabon finance , i think their website is

www.rosabon-finance.com

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There finances for used cars too.

Try FBN PLC U1st or Oasis homes and loans.

I no they deal on Used Cars.

Best Regards

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There is a price for everything. How much do you have presently lets see what we can work/advice you on?

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Nwando thanks o

e be like say i go follow una advice and stick to a smaller Toyota then. Thanks a lot.

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Thanks viperman. what I meant was that I dont have enough to buy a Tokunbo that is equivalent to the price of a new Kia. I have enough for a lump sum for the financing of a brand new car but i dont have enough to purchase a tokunbo if i cant finance it. you get me?

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quote author=need2know link=topic=88562.msg1616484#msg1616484 date=1193318922]

Ive been saving to get a down payment for a Toyota, but not having a car to move around is killing me. I'm seriously considering getting a Kia (Rio or Cerrato). Please can you advise on the reliability of these cars? Thanks!!

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My sister,take this from a fellow sis who cares.

Keep away.

The cars are cheap and boy are they cheap.

especially for a woman you need a car that can make it safely from point A to B.

na so so tales of woe from kia owners

stick to Toyota and Honda dear (or even infinity).

You can never go wrong with them two

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Some frankies has stated.

ratings are over 10.

Second hand value = 2

Durability = 2

Balance = 4

Infact, don't buy it my sister. My Boss' wife uses tha rio of a car, and the maintenance is a horrendous experience. For instance, you want to replace an ordinary side-mirror, they have to import it from their korea office. Their parts are not in the market; even if they are, they wont be much. You'll need a microscope to find them in the market.

Just focus on the toyota yaris, nissan Tiida or any other nice car.

By the way, you complain of not having a good enough lump-sum to finance the purchase of the vehicle urself.

I ask, how much do you presently have on your own?

if you dont want to answer here, you can respond via email : lexfrosty @ yahoo.com

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adechuks have you been reading my horoscope?!!! You captured my situation perfectly. You are right that ill mainly be commuting within Lagos but, between Ajah and Ikeja daily and possibly weekends due to the nature of my job. The Yaris comes only in a 1.3l engine, do you think i need to get a bigger car?

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I agree with you. in some of your points. The second-hand valu after 2 years is highly debatable since kia has a 3yr/90,000km warranty.

I drive a Toyota Camry myself. i love to travel a lot, and i drive most times. Did a PH/Lagos road trip this last weekend.

and a Toyota is much better than a Rio for such gruesome tasks. but the young lady needs to get to work, in lagos, and go to church.

and get to her friend's wedding without having to wait for Dayo or the office people etc.

The 2007 Kia is a great improvement on the previous releases.

If she can afford the financing for the yaris, it s a better option.

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Well, first of all, my friend Viperman sells cars (tokunbos mostly). That may not be his reason for the post though. but you can forgive his bias.

The Yaris is also a great product and it goes for about 2.3m.

Rio is between 1.2-1.4m . Not sure exactly how much.

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@Frankies

hmm you have a point there about the second hand value o! But my challenge is that I dont have a lump sum available and I dont know if financing is available for 2nd hand cars?

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@ viperman

why do you say that?

@adechuks

thanks a lot! you are right im not a car freak i just need to move around (without having to visit the mechanic!)Ideally i would love to get a 1.8 Toyota Corolla but its going for 3.2mill for the automatic, far out of my reach. I believe the Rio will be going for far less. Anybody know how much the Rio /Yaris 1.6 automatic costs?

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I think I prefer a good fairly used toyota product for instance camry 99 or 2000 to new kia rio despite the fact they are of the same price.

Toyota is much more fuel conservative than kia. Still heavier than Kia product which is always too light and cannot withstand heavy impact on the body.

Kia does not have second hand value and cannot be reasonable after two years of usage.

I can cont to give more reasons but I rest my case here.

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