1996 Kia Sportage 4 cylinder from North America
Dependable little car
Catalytic converter became defective and replaced shortly after buying. Was under dealer warranty.
Rotors replaced at 100,000 miles.
Tires replaced at over 100,000 miles.
Timing belt replaced at 120,000 miles, was still in good condition according to mechanics.
Fan clutch broke and was replaced.
Starter replaced at 130,000 miles.
Front wheel bearing replaced at 135,000 miles.
Harmonic balancer replaced between 135,000- 140,000; it literally was falling apart and nearly broke before being replaced.
Oxygen sensors replaced at 140,000 miles.
Crank shaft broke unexpectedly at 142,130 miles while driving down the interstate. Was sent to a salvage yard shortly after as I am not willing to sink $2,000+ for a new engine.
My dad bought this car 10 years ago has a family car. In the three years he owned it, the car was used to haul 4+kids everywhere. I inherited the car in 2002 has a first car.
I drove it and kept up with the routine maintenance. I did have some repairs along the way once it passed the 120,000 mark. However, nothing very major.
In the years I drove it, the car was dependable and carried me into my first apartment with three drives to move my stuff. It has very good storage capacity.
I really liked the sporty aspects of it. I had a grill guard added along with towing hooks.
I drove it until when returning from a road trip it died out of no where. After learning I would need a new engine, I decided the wheels had finally fallen off and it was time for a new car.
I wish this model was still in production, the newer Kia Sportages are much too big and American looking. I will always have fond memories of mine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th July, 2009