Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: SE QLD, Australia
Drives: 2001 Kia Carnival 2.5L manual & 2000 Carnival Auto
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Operating Costs - carnival wins class, but not all parts.
Hmmm, I guess its relative.
For its class, the carnival has cheap servicing cost compared to direct competition, Classic boy right if he meant that vein of discussion.
I don't know what part of the world Classic boy hails from.
But compared to our Holden and other sedan cars in Australia,
I beg to differ regarding relative cost of Kia parts being the same.
Holden & Mitsubishi aftermarket usually only two thirds of cost for similar parts...
He said it himself, aftermarket parts when available were/are cheaper than genuine all the time.
But often the only part available is the Kia genuine - nobody else makes it....
And even then you have to wait for a dealer to order it in, sigh....
Quoting as an example attached RACT survey report.
Other surveys exist that are more substantive than any personal opinion
From my understanding - its Kia's reluctance to licence aftermarket items that contribute to the situation.
Note I'm discussing cost for similar type engines etc.
4WD/diesel parts are always going to hurt...
Family man with Kia Carnival 2001
KV6 petrol engine variant.
Rebuilds after years of using as a 4WD substitute...
Last edited by Conglomerate; 08-21-2009 at 10:41 PM.
Reason: aftermarket are PARTS as well