good work/camper van
bought one a few years ago for working in own business
heaps of room and over 1 tonne carry load
non turbo motor is bit slow going but if you drive it accordingly it'll pull loads all day, just give yourself time and room when pulling out into traffic lol. Is a bit noisy too as others have mentioned.
Serviced mine every 4000k's / 4 months just to be sure on keeping it going and thats what it did for me, kept on going. Servicing is cheap.
Decked it out also for camping and it performed great as there is so much room in the back.
Could fit 3.6m l...
Purchased in February 2014.
Great little Van
I bought my Van a few years ago and I would guess it has had a few different owners. The noise in the cab can be fixed by just putting gear behind the seat. Has given me no trouble and as it was a pretty cheap van it has been good value for money.I have traveled the state and further into some interesting camping spots without any problems. Had a few electrical issues when I bought it but soon got them sorted. All in all, I love this little Van . Its great to drive, easy to park, fast enough and good mileage as its Diesel.
I purchased this LWB van for plastering ,painting for 5000$ from ex laser electrical in Hamilton on trademe ,as a diesel mechanical son my old man a diesel HD fitter said strong reliable motor .but valve train damn noisy ,doors no springs ,weak sheet metal ,large areas dent easily ,paint work crappy ,camber alwAys 1.8 % out always changing tyres over ,no reverse lights ,no aircon ,no turbo .a few lemon issues .
Bullet Proof Reliable Vans, but Loud to Drive, Slow and Gearbox is Sticky
Some history about this van: What Kia did with the Pregio is they licensed the technology for the drivetrain (engine, transmission) from Mitsubishi. So while the engine has a Kia stamp on it, it's actually a Mitsubishi diesel engine from the 80s! It produces 81hp so it's slow, but it has a lot of torque to pull you up the hills.
The van is bullet proof as long as you take care of them. They were cheaper than the Toyota Hiace, and it was a lot bigger than the Mitsubishi Express. It even came with the diesel engine and power steering as a ...free upgrade, so we set on it. When we went out of business I bought one and still have, and it has over 550,000km now. The diesel engines will last forever. My mate bought one, never changed or filled the oil and ran it until it was dry, seizing the engine, but that's his fault. The problems you can get with these vans are with the camber on the front suspension, and the friggin doors don't stay open on hills. Leave it up to Koreans to design a commercial van where the doors don't stay open! And what happens with the wheels is that they can go pigeon-toe'd and wear unevenly on the inside. The other problem is that they only have 81hp, people get frustrated with them being slow and drive the engine up to redline. But this van is built like a little road train. Everything is loud: the engine is loud, the transmission is friggin loud, the gearbox is difficult and clunky. It's all tech out of an 80s commercial van, and that's exactly what you get. But they are solidly built and go forever if you just change the oil.
CANT COMPLAIN..GOOD LITTLE VAN
I'm the 2nd?3rd owner, its a campervan,now at 209,000Km,,easy to drive, good turning circle,only paid 7G 4 yrs ago 2013..its not a Ferrari up hills but Perth is quite flat. No probs yet, changed diff & gear oil ,& eng oil ev 10,000Km. city gets 9-10L/100k, country 7.5-8.5L/100k if you keep under 90kmh
I put some soundproofing stuff over the engine, & touch up any small rustspots..a tradie nearby has done 500Km in his van ! Inside front tyres wear down first, will swap with rear wheels later..cant do anything about the set camber.
Great strong no thrills Diesel
Having bought the van for $3000 a year ago I thought I had got a bargain, until I worked out that the seller had stuffed the engine with stop smoke, and the engine w only 160.000km was showing signs of blow by, I was devastated. I changed the oil to Valvoline Super Diesel, and now I get next to no smoke from the sump case. The engine is less noisy and all is well, yes the van is a little rough and the previous owner didn't look after it, but I do, I change the oil every 7000km as I want this workhouse to go another 250000km and I don't push it...past 100-105km/h (3000 rpm), just my personal believe. I run a mix of Diesel w waste vegetable oil and the engine runs fine. Love driving my noisy "truck" and have only had to change alternator (eBay $230 DIY) Auto electrician wanted $800+. Great workhorse w plenty of room, I have to get the drivers electric window fixed so it will open, and the heater, but the aircon works
For the most part this Van is a dream to drive and handles really well, loud as its diesel and the engine is right under you.
the battery cavity opening is too small to easily get the battery in and out, i suggest taking 10 minutes to remove the drivers seat from the car so you can access it easier and not destroy your clothes with battery acid... or tape the breather holes on the battery first cause you must angle the battery to get it in.
I love my van
I bought my preggio with 166,000 mm on the clock and are turning it into a camper to travel Australia. It runs beautifully. I had a full service done and the injected needed a little adjustment and it runs even better.
You do sit very high in the driver seat and tall people will be looking through the blue tint in the windscreen. The door won't stay open when you're trying to get in and the little step to get in. Is in an awkward spot. There is not a lot of room between legs and steering wheel.
But over all it's a great van and would recommend it :)
Had my 2004 pregio since new after 11 years and 580,000 K my van is going great. Sure u will fix the wear and tear items and the altinator isn't reliable as I've either repaired or replaced 8 in my time but after 580,000 I just replaced my first clutch. Very happy with it and am looking everywhere for another with low ks
The salesman was enough to put me off buying the van, he was very rude and disrespectful. The van wasn't described accurately in the add and when I spoke to the salesman on the phone he told me that it was in fantastic condition. I drove 60 klm from home to see the van and when I did I was disappointed. It had dents on both sides, rust spots on the sliding door and the passenger side electric window control was just hanging there. I would never recommend the car yard to anyone
9 years on
My first review of my van was not really fair to the vehicle as the problems were more to do with the dealer than the vehicle. Now I have owned this van for 9 years from new and after reading other reviews I felt I should say something more. Fuel economy has been brilliant, consistent and has not ripped the bottom out of my wallet. Mechanically it has been rock solid. Tyre wear has not been a problem with all tyres being rotated regularly they wear evenly and give good service life, this may be a factor more to do with tyre manufacturer than th...e Kia Pregio as the initial set of tyres it came with were rubbish and all replaced at 13,000km after one catastrophic failure where the side wall of the tyre completely blew out. Since then I have only run Japanese TOYO tyres (recently learned no longer being made in the 8 ply though). I drive my van alternately with my Mazda BT50 - using the van when I do not need to go off good roads to get to fishing or fossicking spots, usually it is hooked to my trailer boat or loaded up with camping gear and the usual bits and pieces used to dig and sieve, not a maximum load but enough to make it work. The van handles it well and is extremely comfortable to drive long distances. I did install some extra sound proofing to the undersides of the engine access panels and around the front of the engine bay, cheap enough from ships chandlers such as Whitworths. This virtually eliminates the engine noise now if I could only reduce the noise of the air-conditioning fan LOL! Rear windows were fitted because the metal panels rusted away and left rust streaks down the body work, so that was one problem and I have just replaced the rear shock absorbers as they had become soft and all the rubbers had crumbled to powder, front struts still serviceable but not 100% so they will likely be the next maintenance step - had them tested and the mechanics said give them 6 months, but they were fine for the moment? Otherwise I really cannot complain, the van served well when I was still working and using it for business, and it is still serving me well in retirement. In fact if I were to be realistic I would have to say that the Kia Pregio I have is worth a heck of a lot more to me now than it was when I bought it new, if I had to buy a new van now it would cost me double the price I paid for it. Great van at any price! BTW it now has almost 800k kilometres on the clock and still runs like a well oiled machine should - never even had to replace a light bulb.
I have owned a 2002 model for a year now and travelled 25000 km , which has brought it up to 235 000 km and have only replaced the clutch. Had full service history and no heavy loads so I know it has been looked after. I did only pay $3500 au dollars for it and it was money well spent . If you want a van that isn't going to give you problems all the time buy a hi ace , and I know they are 3-5 grand more but that's for a reason. So if your electrics give problems or your sun visor is not what u want , next time spend $10000 more and get exactly ...what u want . I also know its not nice if stuff starts going seriously wrong with it but that's most lightly due to.someone not looking after it . I like my van , it drives alright , it is a non turbo diesel so.it is slow , but its fuel economic , will last along time if serviced regularly , gets my tools safe , and has so far been100 percent reliable . So if your in the market for 1 , get a mechanic to come with and look over it , should cost about $200 and just know it is a cheaper van for a reason and either u suck it up and put more money in or live with a window that once in a while doesn't open , seatbelts that are some what floppy , and I'm sure many other various faults , but all I can say to all , under no circumstances , driv through sand cause your gonna get bogged..... reliable if looked after. cheap with nice extras like powe windows , aircon , power steering. only what you want there to be.
Pleasantly surprised at the car like ride and value for money. A bit noisy and thirsty at highway speeds, more at home around town. Feels very solid. Support from local Kia dealer has been very good.
Cheap to buy, comfortable on the road, the sealed cabin area makes the heating/cooling much more effective and reduces noise although engine is quite noisy.
More awkward to get in & out of compared to similar vans. Have had some electrical problems and the brakes are DANGEROUS ! The immobiliser/keyless entry has a mind of it's own.
not bad for the cash
i bought mine with 120k on it and just clicked over 200k now they have a problem with the diffs going on them , don't buy a new one or 2nd hand they do the same thing just get the bearings replaced with japanese ones, cost me only $550 not $1280 for a new one , motors are bullet proof if you service them regularly , im a plumber and carry a fair bit of weight and i get just over 600klm out of a tank thats 75ltr
brakes are soft but they work fine, its not a toyota but they are cheap and for the $$$ they have a few issues but all cars do they are...
As an Electrician that is employed by a company that has a fleet of vans which include Kia Pregios and Mitsubishi Express' the Mitsubishi's are a far better van. The most worrying thing about Pregio's is apparently the camber angles of the front wheels can't be adjusted so the inside of front tyres get worn down to the wire while the outside of the front tyres look new. I have seen this on alot of Pregios. Driving for over half an hour makes you feel like screaming to block out the Diesel chatter.
Plenty of loading area, CD player, electric windows.
Engine is awful, very noisy, gutless, camber angle of front wheels.
I have owned this vehicle for 4 year ( 160,000 plus kilometers ) and would not buy a diesel van again. I bought it new as a fleet vehicle and at the time was value for money against other branded van - about $9000.00 cheaper. It has good pulling power for city / urban delivery work of loads around 1 tonne but as mentioned sadly lacks consistency in open highway conditions. The price of diesel in Australia has outstripped unleaded fuel and it is becoming an expensive exercise now to fill the 70ltr tank with diesel.
good load space - tracks well ...
Poor quality components
Sun visor is impossible to use without completely blocking your vision of the road (and i'm an average size guy 175cm)
Electrics all broken - heater unusable , fan broke , mode switch broke
Awkward to get to parts to fix them
Radiators corrode very easily
Parts are expensive
Carpets are low quality
Had an sudden failure with the alternator , it was giving too much voltage to the battery.Sulphuric smell everywhere in the car , battery was part melted by the time i got to it.
Door handles break too easily
Seatbelts do not retract but hang...
Cheap for a reason, not really great value when you consider how much fuel it uses. Bad build quality, and electricals are a joke. Just try to get that bloody keyless entry to behave in a normal way!!
Cheap and good comfortable ride
How the hell do you change a headlight globe!!!Keyless entry works when it feels like itCabin window reflection is terrible and dangerousBrakes WAY too spongyBloody door-open gong annoyingPassenger seat angle non adjustableRadio/CD player pathetic (CD's constantly jump)Uses too much fuel for a dieselTerrible tyre wearExtremely noisy engineMOST OF ALL : It seems you have to disassemble the entire front end just to change a headlight globe! Does anyone know how to do this?
I would have no hesitation in highly recommending this vehicle 2005 model Kia Pregio too any tradesman,who requires a real hard working horse,reliablity and comfort,its a real shame they stopped making them,get back to that drawing board Kia, ill be back for your next new van,thanks Mark
Hi there,look as a courier driver, i have found this vehicle to be one of the most hard working machines i have ever worked with,mechanically my van has been bullett proof,comfortable to be in all day,good strong gearbox,excellent suspension,great turning circl...
If there was no cons like what i mentioned up above it will be a great van. They don't make them any more i think there working on a replacement modal i can't wait to see that.
I drive one for work campany van. If i was in the market for a van i would consider buying one. Its got electric windows, cd player nd a couple of nice finishing touches. I Love the bulkhead (the wall that seperates the copit to the cargo) its a good idea not meny other vans have em that i know of. I don't like the look of the previous model but with the same body ...
Questions & Answers
I have just had a fuel pump reconditioned.
But went to pick it up
The motor was running worse then before replacement.
What could be the problem
I have just had the fuel pump fitted but motor running worse then before replacement
Does the 2004 Kia pregio have a timing belt
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