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I have had My Carens for 2 years and always thought the build quality was cheap & cheerful.

I now have a problem that I don't seem to have seen posted anywhere else.

The door handle mechanism has broken on both sides of the car - driver and passenger within 2 months of each other.

I had the car into a UK service garage and they ordered the part in for the passenger side but it still hasn't come through after 2 months.

I can only get into the car through the back doors, lean across to the internal handles (a long way forward) and open the doors from there.

If the back doors go the same way I can see myself climbing inn through the boot.

Anyone else got this problem?
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You are right, not much have been said for this subject..

How about moving the rear door mechanism to the front door ...
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Hi, I'm from Singapore and had the same experience but only on the driver's side. You may try asking the dealership there if they have Spectra door handles as its the same for our Carens. Whatever colour they have just take it. Remove the chrome portion of the assembly and replace your broken one with it. Should fit well as the Carens door handles are exactly the same as those on the Spectra. Looks like the KIA saved on design cost putting together the Carens. Our doors are definitely more heavier than those on the spectras but ... Hope this helps. Cheers.
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Tried that before when I broke mine, the front and rear mechanism not same.
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yes we have the same problem on our kia, the door handle has broken so far and i am sure the passenger will go soon because we are using that all the time.

do you know if its use din the mot?????
i am trying lots of breakers on the internet now so can you let me know if you ever got any new ones.
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yes, i got the new ones under warranty, the garage i was using underwent a takeover thats why the long delay, they said.

The second one that went was shipped within a couple of weeks and painted to match.

No probs so far with the new ones.
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Me too - in 2.5 yr of use in Singapore ; my 2 front door handle malfunction. The dealer , CnC replace free ; but - bloody **** - need to pay S$ 110.00 for d labour. **** the Koreans , lousy quality. Only can look c look c , no reliability.

Expect rear handle to break in 3.5 yrs = just timely wear n tear.
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There is a weak link in the handle mech, but you can do something about, I've repaired some when they've broken whilst waiting for parts.

Remove the door panel, remove the exterior handle.
Drill down through broken parts pivot into handle, and screw a nice self tapper in.
always works a treat.
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Hi Bro. just broke the left hand side the other day. Went to Keng Yi at Verrasamy Road and got one silver colour from Gary. Cost me $25. Did the change myself to swap the broken chrome handle over since my car is red. Job less than 30 minutes. $110 at C&C, that daylight robbery.
I believe it's the batch of handles that is of poor material quality. Is yours 2003 model? Cos I also know of a few others 2003 models having same problem. I swore never to go back to C&C after my 2nd free servicing when they charged me many $$$ for changing my rear brake pads eventhough its only done less than 3,000km. Even after I told them not to change them over the phone.
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Oh and someone mentioned the MOT here in the UK. Your car will fail if any door cannot be opened from either the inside or outside.
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