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Nature of the beast unfortunately, this thread. People don't generally take to internet forums to say 'today my car is working just fine'

That being said...

I very much like my 2008 Pro Cee'd 3 1.6 CRDi.

It looks stunning (when it's clean), feels very well built, has a great list of standard equipment, the cabin is ergonomically sound, the engine is superbly smooth and delivers 50mpg without trying and I've run it from 28,000 miles to it's current 88,000 miles over three years of ownership and the only problems I've had are:

Passenger side door mirror stopped heating up one winter - fixed under warranty.
Drop links started rattling - fixed under warranty.
Windscreen washer jet on drivers side, housing has broken twice making the jet squirt the bottom of the windscreen - both times fixed under warranty.
Cruise control randomly disengages when pressing the + button - used to do it a lot but problem has not resurfaced this year.

All very minor niggles over 60,000 miles of motoring - basically the car has been rock solid reliable.

My only gripes with the car have been the dreadful seats - the worst I've had in any car I've owned, too flat, too hard, no side or thigh support. This and the very poor ride on the 17" alloys.

Overall a very good car.

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And yet I find the seats to be very comfortable, still feeling relaxed and unfatigued after a 300 mile (5-6 hour) drive with one brief pit stop. Perhaps the magic is in the Cee'd 2's 16" rims.
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I just can't get along with them, I find the base to be set too flat, so the underside of my thighs are raised off the seat, putting all the pressure on my backside, if I could tilt the squab then it would be a different story. The side bolsters on the backrest don't seem to hold you in place either, and are a weird shape, they just seem to dig into my ribs but don't offer support in corners, I feel like I'm sat on the seats, not in them.

Even if I found the seats to be comfortable, the ride on the 17's is very, very harsh, and barely seems to settle, even on the motorway. I find myself tensing up as I'm driving the car all the time, in readiness for the bumps.

Like I said though, these are my only gripes - in almost all other respects it's one of, if not the best car I've owned.
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Talking

I own a '13 plate 4-tech CRDI I bought ex-demo with a massive discount...


Faults so far:
lumbar support adjustment failed - replaced under warranty and the dealer sent one of their drivers to give me a lift in to work whilst they had my car.

front parking sensor failed - replaced under warranty and again, dealer arranged a lift to work for me.


fuel filler door spring sticks so the door doesn't open by pushing it any more - not reported to dealer yet
poor fuel economy - I have tracked this down to an issue with the electric handbrake not releasing properly if you start the engine and turn off the handbrake at the same time - not reported to dealer yet
isg not working at the mo - not reported to dealer as according to the manual this is expected during winter.


For a car of this price range to have such a short list of faults is exceptional (in my opinion) and the service provided by Hendy Kia in Eastleigh is absolutely excellent.


The seats I find to be perfectly comfortable, went from Havant to Tintagel in one go and all in the car, including a 6ft 2 adult sat in the back had no issues at all with comfort.

The stereo is excellent, the ride (even on 17s) is excellent for a car that's supposed to be a 'fun' model

Looks amazing, handling is probably the best of any car I've owned and the engine has enough horsepower to keep me happy even though I'm a bloke in my mid-twenties!

I love how people I meet get out of their 35,000 middle-of-the-range Volkswagen Golfs or Audi A3s, look at my car and laugh at it because it has a big Kia badge on the front, then get in it and are suddenly very very quiet indeed. It's also nice how they seem to carry on looking at it after they've been in it as they walk back to their VWs and audis


I realise I'm sounding like a KIA salesperson here but I genuinely would recommend the brand to absolutely anyone and everyone.
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I have a 2009 Ceed 1.6 CRD SW 3 auto since new

I fitted a chip at about 10,000 miles which has made a big improvement to performance including mpg (I get 50 to 60 mpg) but I'm soft on braking & acceleration

It has been a brilliant workhorse

My only quibbles with the design are:-

1. The seats are very uncomfortable on longish journeys, which is poor for top spec.

2. The windscreen washers were hopeless. I bought some replacement twin jets from Halfords for about 3, drilled 2 small holes in the bonnet & fitted them. Problem solved

Up until 40,000 miles I had absolutely no mechanical problems, but then after a 300 mile drive to Gatwick, the torque converter disintgrated!

This was replaced under warranty but then the same thing happened again after a further 5,000 miles & was again replaced under warranty. This happened 4 times in all & why the torque converter kept breaking up appeared to be a bit of a mystery. Apparently it was a very uncommon problem indeed

The last time it was replaced (about 15,000 miles ago) the Kia main dealer seemed pretty confident that it wouldn't happen again (Perhaps they weren't telling me the full story?)

Overall it's been a very good car, nice to drive, cheap to run & generally well designed
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I have a 2009 Ceed 1.6 CRD SW 3 auto since new

I fitted a chip at about 10,000 miles which has made a big improvement to performance including mpg (I get 50 to 60 mpg) but I'm soft on braking & acceleration

It has been a brilliant workhorse

My only quibbles with the design are:-

1. The seats are very uncomfortable on longish journeys, which is poor for top spec.

2. The windscreen washers were hopeless. I bought some replacement twin jets from Halfords for about 3, drilled 2 small holes in the bonnet & fitted them. Problem solved

Up until 40,000 miles I had absolutely no mechanical problems, but then after a 300 mile drive to Gatwick, the torque converter disintgrated!

This was replaced under warranty but then the same thing happened again after a further 5,000 miles & was again replaced under warranty. This happened 4 times in all & why the torque converter kept breaking up appeared to be a bit of a mystery. Apparently it was a very uncommon problem indeed

The last time it was replaced (about 15,000 miles ago) the Kia main dealer seemed pretty confident that it wouldn't happen again (Perhaps they weren't telling me the full story?)

Overall it's been a very good car, nice to drive, cheap to run & generally well designed
Hang on a minute - you've had a chip put in your car and the Kia dealer has replaced your torque converter? Is the chip the cause of this? Is it undetectable? Surely a chip will place more stress on your car.

As I wrote earlier - I think the seats are the worst I've ever had in any car I've owned so I'm with you on that.

Agreed on the washer jets - I've two replaced under warranty for breaking and squirting the water at the base of the windscreen.

I still love my Pro Cee'd though.
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Hey there, I read a lot of people complaining about their cee'ds, so I thought it would be good to have a thread with satisfied owners too.

I bet there are many owners that enjoy their rides, so please speak up and let us know why you love your cee'd.
KIA CEED is a underated Car after having owned 42 cars I find CEED to be a excellent well built car for me . My 2015 crdi 7 speed dct excellent autobox is the only car kept long enough to have my 1st MOT. In fact I like its styling better than the latest model . I recommend fitting Michelin X climate tyres for better steering feel. My main complaint is that suspension could be better but is acceptable on 16" wheels but would prefer 15"., I find the instrument panel has too large fuel gauge and is difficult read in sunny conditions. It is a tight fit into my garage and the latest model is IMO unecessarily wider. I get approx 40 mpg Town driving which is excellent for a I.6 auto ,petrol models I got 22 to 26 mpg in town, now covered 2600 miles,only problem accidently over filled car and fuel gauge has stopped working properly.Intend to keep it until warranty runs out as it meets latest ULEZ zone requirement road tax only 20. Do not understand why Government is against latest Euro 6 plus diesels.

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It's been just over four years since I posted here and I still have the same C'eed, now a little over six years old with 26k miles on the clock. I'm still as happy with the car as ever. It passes its MOTs without fail. It's on the original tyres. The only warranty work is to replace the LED running lights which went belly up after 5.5 years. No exceptional expenses and it all just works. The gas struts for the tailgate may be getting a little tired but just slower than when new, still working though.

Having bought the five year service plan the cost of the first full price service was a shock - just over 400 including AC recharge and service. Hopefully the next one won't be as steep. After that the car will be out of warranty and I'll go third party for servicing.

I did think about replacing the car, for no real reason than I had a bit of surplus cash. Full electric would actually fit my needs perfectly and I was looking at the Kona EV. But it struck me that to pay 35k for a car which was essentially the same class of vehicle as my 14k C'eed (5k trade in value) was insane. There is nothing wrong with my C'eed and I'll keep it for at least ten years as originally planned. By then the electric market will have matured and there will be more choice, more competition and better technology, and better infrastructure, hopefully at better prices too.

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