KIA Carens (2003–2006)

What's good

Very cheap second hand buy.

Practical and useful interior design.

What to watch out for

Rubbery, imprecise manual gearshift.

The manual gearbox on the Carens diesel packs in at around 60K. What happens is a brass cog in-between the gears disintegrates making it hard to engage any gears.

Front suspension links and bottom ball joints needed at about 100k miles.

Recalls

10-11-2003: On 2,558 cars ABS programming error may cause reduced braking force at speeds below 40kph. Reprogramme ABS, ECM and RDM data.

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