1995 Kia Sportage EX 2.0 SOHC from North America




Replaced starter twice.

Repaired Spare Tire Rack Release Cable.

Radiator replaced after 180,000 miles.

A/C developed leak after 200,000 miles.

Heater coil developed leak after 200,000 miles.

General Comments:

You will never see a vehicle like this again in the US. Rugged reliable four wheel drive with manual transfer case and minimal electronic dependence.

My truck has been in incredibly difficult terrain and conditions, commuted to school and work, and now 11 years on and 258,000 miles later, starts up everyday and gets me where I need to go.

I have put less than $700 in repair parts and have done all the labor myself. General maintenance has also been inexpensive.

I will never part with my Sportage. The best money I ever spent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th April, 2006

1995 Kia Sportage DOCH from North America


Exceptionally reliable and cost-efficient


The a/c system failed and was completely replaced under warranty in the first two years of ownership.

Fan clutch failed in fourth year.

General Comments:

This vehicle has proven to exceptionally reliable, having replace only the general service items and fluids.

The Sportage still has the original water pump and alternator and the interior is pristine for a 10 year old vehicle.

It has not been pampered and has been used for off road 4X4 exploring of the Arizona deserts.

The interior light is inadequate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2005

1995 Kia Sportage EX 4WD 2.0 liter gasonline from North America


The 'War Wagon' of the Mini Utes


Check engine light came on frequently during the first 40,000 miles. I owned this Sportage. I finally took it to the dealership where they successfully repaired a problem with the engine's computer for $200. Other than that, everything has been overcome with a monkey wrench and tape.

General Comments:

I've had over 30 cars from every manufacturer you can imagine. Every marquee Alfa-Romeo to Volkswagen has graced the friendly confines of my garage, but this underpowered old KIA will be hard to part with when the time comes.

This machine is nothing short of a mechanical miracle. When I bought it used it for $3300 from a new car "megadealership" I speculated it would be a credible third car that would be good in inclement weather. I never believed it would become my first line vehicle and daily driver.

Fast? Not hardly. The SOHC Sportage couldn't go 0 - 60 mph in under 12 seconds if a Ferrari Enzo was pulling it. Your acceleration is not really acceleration it is more like a 'planned merge' into traffic.

However, my SOHC Sportage with a manual transmission gets remarkably better gas mileage than my friend's DOHC Sportage with an automatic. It is not unusual to average 20 - 24 mpg with this 3200 lb. vehicle.

The four-wheel drive system is primitive and can only be used when the roads are really bad or you are on dirt. It has a tendency to bind your steering in tight situations when it is engaged otherwise. But who really needs to power every wheel on a minute-by-minute basis?

The engine, transmission and differentials on this truck are readily accessible and it is easily serviced.

Unlike other smaller sport-utilities that I drove, this one didn't feel like it was going to roll over. It rides like an untamed bronco, but its steering is tight and its braking is average. It is better than you would expect for its cost.

Let's look at the economics of this truck: I've spent $3500 total for the purchase of the vehicle and all its repairs. I've driven it 45,000 miles in that time and it is still worth nearly what I paid for it. Better yet, I've not been stuck in almost three years.

Money well spent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2003

1st Sep 2003, 21:01

I've still got it! The Mighty EX just passed the 166,000 mile mark with no major problems whatsoever. Depreciation? WHAT depreciation?