Review: KIA Mentor II/Shuma (1999 – 2002)

Rating:

Inexpensive. Trouble-free ownership is an odds-on bet.

Better styling than previous model but still no looker. Unremarkable drive.

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On 6,244 cars front seat belt buckles may not latch properly. New seatbelts with improved buckles to be fitted. Read more

12 May 1999

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KIA Mentor II/Shuma (1999 – 2002): At A Glance

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Why is my Kia Shuma making a strange noise when I turn the air conditioning off?

I have a Kia Shuma and noticed the other day, when I switched the air conditioning off, that a noise came from the engine. I have had the AA out to look at it and they say the bearing for the air conditioning is not working correctly, and that I need to get it looked and and that I shouldnt drive it. How much should it cost to repair?
I can't tell you. If it needs a new air conditioning pump, then £500 to £1000. If the pump can be repaired, then maybe a few hundred. Get it to an air conditioning specialist rather than a Kia dealer.
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