Scooby's, Evo's etc are built as performance cars with turbo's and will have cooling systems that can cope with that performance and possibly even an upgrade. Kia Ceed 1.4's (or any Kia for that matter) are not performance cars and Kia will have designed the cooling system to cope with their power output and Kia will almost certainly not have considered that anyone will fit a turbo, why should they.
There is a huge market in aftermarket tuning parts for the Jap import high performance Turbo's and that includes big radiators. Bet all the cars you see on the road that last any length of time have had one fitted. Never seen a specialist Kia tuning company advertising those kind of products.
There are plenty of specialist engineering companies out there that know what they are doing but there are many more who are just happy to bodge it and leave you stranded and alone. Having been involved with Kit Cars for about 25 years I have seen the work of some real cowboys.
I have had development work carried out on my car once by an engineer who I really trust. Ex works rally and F1 engine builder. I paid for the parts and he covered the labour himself. I got a really cheap upgrade and he made a good profit on all the kits he sold or fitted after, both parties happy.
Don't belive the temperature gauge either, they are damped to show "normal" anywhere between about 75 and 110 degrees. When was the last time you saw your gauge go up when you were sat in traffic, they just sit on normal all day unless there is a catastrophic issue with the engine. So when the 1.4 has its turbo on and running the gauge will not show truthfully how much hotter the engine is actually running unless it hits the maggic number and it shoots into the red zone.
Lets hope he does not have any more issues and gets the car on the road ASAP. However, if it was my car I would be very worried unless the cooling system had been upgraded and not just had the airflow reduced.
Last edited by skidlid; 11-21-2012 at 04:45 AM.