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    Default Kia Grand Carnivals - are they a good family car?

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    We re about to have our 4th child and need to upgrade our car. We are spending no more than $16,000 and have been looking at Kia Grand Carnival's in our price range mainly due to their space. Does anyone have one and if so, tell me why you either love it or loathe it?

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    Oops, maybe I posted in the wrong area - can a mod please move if this is the case - not sure where to put it?!?

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    I've heard they are not very reliable from multiple sources including once a KIA dealer. I don't have personal experience though but dp is a mechanic. On the other hand my nana has a Rio and that has done her well.

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    My friend has one and loves it. Lots of anchor points for car seats and a big boot.

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    I should've added that we are looking at models around 2007-2009 in our price range as we have been told to steer clear of anything older than 2005 as there are notorious issues with the motors/general mechanics prior to this.

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    I'd say no going by our neighbours one that's been parked on their driveway for months broken down. Pretty sure their engine blew and their selling it for parts. It was always breaking when they were driving it too.

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    We have a 2013 model and it's fine. It's huge inside which we need. Never had any problems with it. I love the boot space and that the kids can pretty much sit anywhere.

    It's really easy to drive too.

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    I wanted a Kia but everyone I spoke to was so against them I didn't hear one positive story
    I really like the look of them and how spacious they are

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    My aunt had one in 2005 and the engine blew twice and the dealer gave her a really hard time evenif it was during warranty. I have stayed away from them since.

    Although I haven't heard much negative fro. The newer models so maybe they have fixed the issue?

    I was also looking into a car with 4 anchor point with decent boot space for a friend and this was the only one that seemed ok...

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    We had a Kia a few years ago and it was nothing but trouble, constant mechanical problems, we will never buy another one.

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