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A thirsty version of the 1.8 troubled engine. 

If it has been fixed in the past, they are probably OK. 

But they do drink! 

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In would not quite agree with that view - the first Kia Carnival was fitted with this engine and in Australia there is not one of these vehicles left on the road - all died due to engine failure.

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All I've heard about the V6 is it has twice as many head gaskets as the 1.8, uses lots of fuel and doesn't have much more power than the TD4... that said, they can be bought for absolute peanuts and make great cheap green-lane toys.

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One of my clients used to issue them to middle-managers who couldn't handle the tax-implications of an entry-level Range-Rover.

With all the option-boxes ticked, they were really rather nice (though a pain for me to fit the obligatory high-power HF/VHF radios to).

If you buy one - get the head-gasket-dowel issues seen to, then - warm it up gently - and thereafter drive-it-like-you-stole-it!

The standard slushbox-programming was very much targetted at minimising [UK business-tax-liability] emissions, so even in 'sport' mode it changes up far too early. Keep it at 3000+ RPM even on a whiff of throttle. The V6 sounds really happy - and good - above 5K RPM.

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