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    Default Kia Carnival owners

    We are looking at a Kia carnival but I am not sure. I don't like the set up of two seats in the middle, three in the back. If you have 3 in carseats how do you have them set up (I have a 4, 2 and 1 month old, my 4 year old is still in 5 point seat and will be for a while yet). I feel it is dangerous having the other hallf of the seat folded down to put pram etc beside the child in the back seat is it?? Have u had any troubles?

    DH wants a carnival but I am still liking the 7 seater ford territory

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    Some of the kia carnivals - not sure which models, have 3 seats in 2nd row and 2 in the 3rd row

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    I'd try and stay away from a Kia Carnival. I know MANY people who have bought one for large familes and they are terribly unreliable. They break down a lot and very noisy! Petrol chewers and slow! I also have insider knowledge as my dad is a smash repairer and my brother buys and sells cars

    Try the Mazda CX9

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    I really love the Kia carnivals BUT was advised from a mechanic to stay away from them!! They always break down and it cost a fortune to fix!!
    If I were you I would stay with the territory!!
    Get your DP to have a look online at second hand carnivals and see how many are being sold with problems to engine!! We found a heap of cheap ones BUT all needed work done to them!!

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    We used to own one and never had a problem with it. I know the older ones had issues but the newer ones are supposed to be better, they have different motors

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    Quote Originally Posted by StormAngel View Post
    We used to own one and never had a problem with it. I know the older ones had issues but the newer ones are supposed to be better, they have different motors
    The new ones are just the same I'm afraid. There's always an exception to the rule and looks like you had an exception ;-)

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    we have one and while it is currently having issues (being a 2001 model) it didn't miss a beat for over 6 years and we got it second hand with 160 000km's on the clock.

    in regards to the seats. i had a 5 year old in a forward facing car seat and a 3 year old in a forward facing car seat both in the back row with a spare in between them. with the youngest i had him rear facing in the middle behind the drivers seat. i found it easiest to have the 2rd row passenger side seat folded down. i was able to get all the kids into the car without being exposed to traffic and put all belts on and get them comfy rather easily. my double side-by-side pram fitted well in the boot too. when its raining you can quickly load kids into the car and then belt up without getting drenched. and you can walk through to the drivers seat without having to get out again. i loved our kia and while we are having problems with it as soon as we have saved enough to get the motor replaced we will be doing so and i am looking forward to having 4 little munchkins in it next year.


 

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