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1998 Kia Mentor
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1998 Kia Mentor Pricing and Specs


The Kia Mentor 1998 is priced from $1,800 for Hatchback Mentor GLX.

The Kia Mentor 1998 comes in Hatchback and Sedan.

The Kia Mentor 1998 is available in Regular Unleaded Petrol. Engine sizes and transmissions vary from the Hatchback 1.5L 5 SP Manual to the Hatchback 1.5L 4 SP Automatic.

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Kia Mentor Models SPECS PRICE
GLX 1.5LRegular Unleaded Petrol4 speed automatic $2,100 – 3,630
GLX 1.8LRegular Unleaded Petrol4 speed automatic $1,900 – 3,300
GLX 1.8LRegular Unleaded Petrol5 speed manual $1,900 – 3,300
GLX 1.5LRegular Unleaded Petrol5 speed manual $1,800 – 3,080
SLX 1.5LRegular Unleaded Petrol4 speed automatic $2,100 – 3,630
SLX 1.8LRegular Unleaded Petrol4 speed automatic $1,800 – 3,080
SLX 1.5LRegular Unleaded Petrol5 speed manual $1,800 – 3,080
SLX 1.8LRegular Unleaded Petrol5 speed manual $1,800 – 3,080


Kia Mentor Models SPECS PRICE
GLX 1.5LRegular Unleaded Petrol4 speed automatic $1,900 – 3,300
GLX 1.5LRegular Unleaded Petrol5 speed manual $1,800 – 3,080
SLX 1.5LRegular Unleaded Petrol4 speed automatic $1,800 – 3,080
SLX 1.5LRegular Unleaded Petrol5 speed manual $1,800 – 3,080

Kia Mentor 1998 FAQs

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  • Why does the sunroof rattle in my Kia Stinger GT?

    The NSW Office of Fair Trading has a Disciplinary Action Unit (DAU) which, on the surface, appears to be able to sanction companies or enforce findings by the department. Which leaves me wondering how Kia has managed to brush off that authority by refusing the refund recommended by the department. Perhaps you would be wise to contact the ACCC (the old Consumer Affairs Department) as this organisation has some real teeth.

    The question, however, is whether you’ve given Kia sufficient opportunity to fix the problem. Form what you’ve said, that’s probably the case, but all disputes of this nature rely on the car-maker being given every chance to make things right. That said, your frustration is understandable and, even if the problem is eventually rectified, your opinion of the vehicle will probably be permanently coloured.

    For the record, plenty of other owners of the Kia Stinger have complained about exactly the same problem, so it appears that it’s a real concern and not one of which Kia could possibly be unaware. I’ve heard of some owners having the sunroof frame replaced and that fixing the problem. So perhaps there’s a tolerance problem in the manufacturing of the sunroof frames. The point there being that replacing the original frame with another one that is out of spec will simply reproduce the same problem. Perhaps that’s what’s happening to your car.

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  • What Does GUV Stand for?

    What does GUV stand for? Glad you asked. GUV is a relatively new term on the motoring landscape and, in bald terms, stands for Grand Utility Vehicle. The broad view is that it was an acronym first coined by Kia to describe its current-model Carnival on the basis that it was a step up in luxury from the average SUV and, therefore, needed a grander name; literally, Grand Utility Vehicle.

    Like a lot of marketing, of course, the name is more or less meaningless when it comes to being an actual descriptor for the vehicle in question. Yes, the Carnival is well equipped and luxurious for a family vehicle, but 'Grand'? Grammatically, there’s also scope to interpret the vehicle as having a grand level of utility which, given its eight-seat capacity and family friendliness it arguably achieves. Beyond that, however, the definition is rooted purely in the imaginations of the marketing department. Searching for more GUV meaning than that is unlikely to expand the sum of human knowledge.

    But now that Kia has slipped the genie from the bottle, you can expect to see the GUV tag applied to all sorts of vehicles formerly known as SUVs, both large and small, and both in Australia and globally. It’s also likely that the vehicles to adopt the GUV tag will be high-end versions of more prosaic SUVs, and there’s a good chance that the prestige brands might introduce the term to their brochures as well.

    That said, GUV could also disappear without a trace. The same thing happened to Toyota’s AUV (Action Utility Vehicle) tag a few years ago which was applied to variants of the HiLux range. But the AUV moniker has since been reclaimed by the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle industry which builds unmanned submarines to explore the undersea environment.

    There’s another reason GUV could disappear from car advertising and marketing: In the US, rising fuel prices have forced older, gas-guzzling SUVs into the driveways of a poorer demographic who can’t afford anything more efficient. At which point, as Urban Dictionary points out, the term GUV was coined to describe the 'Ghetto Utility Vehicle'.

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  • Does the Kia Sportage have Apple CarPlay & Android Auto?

    The brand-new Kia SUV for Australia (due for release in October 2021) has finally brought Kia Sportage Apple CarPlay and Android connectivity to all models across the range. Previously, the base-model missed out on these fitments, but the all-new platform extends these features to every model.

    All Sportages will now also get digital radio and multi-device connectivity. The base-model S variant gets an eight-inch touchscreen, while the SX and SX+ models have a 12.3-inch screen. The range-topping GT-Line model will get a curved 12.3-inch screen.

    It’s really not viable to retro-fit the new Sportage’s system into an older car, and most owners have found that a more cost effective upgrade to a new aftermarket head unit will offer the features they want, including the ability to enjoy Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Kia Sportage style.

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