Kia Sportage Review from Philippines

1996 Kia Sportage MRDi 2.2 turbo diesel

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired56000 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres
Previous carDaihatsu Feroza

Summary:

It is a good family car considering that it is longer and wider than my previous car

Faults:

Engine doesn't accelerate even if gas pedal is fully depressed after a day from acquisition.

Throttle positioning switch was changed after a week, but the problem persist. I had to change the engine with Mazda's R2 turbo diesel after a year and I didn't have any problems since then. The new engine cost me 600 dollars, but the performance and economy was better.

Power windows on the passenger side doesn't go up unless you help pull it up or apply lubrication on the sliding channels.

General Comments:

The car handles well on cornering and steering is very light.

However, the four wheel drive is not usable because of broken lock hubs which is hard to find.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th August, 2004

Average review marks: 4.8 / 10, based on 1 review