1999 Kia Sportage EX 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Kia Sportage is rubbish
Battery failed when 2 days old, new battery required, batteries are not covered by warranty.
Rear differential, total failure at 3500k's, new diff required, fixed under warranty, but off the road for about 5 weeks.
Transfer case, total failure at 36000k's, complete rebuild required, cost me a fortune.
Oxygen sensor failed at 40000k's, more expense.
Rear diff failed again at about 45000k's, another big repair bill.
Fuel tank always leaked when full, never did figure out why, I just hoped it would catch fire.
The idle valve constantly needed servicing every 3000k's, otherwise the engine would rev its brains out if it wasn't kept clean.
First new car I'd ever bought, but absolutely the worst thing I ever owned and I've had over 50 vehicles to date. Some of then were dogs, but even the worst of them was still heaps better than the Sportage, I'd rank it worse than a Lada Niva.
In the first 3 years (the warranty period) it did about 30000k's and only the rear diff failed, but after this the real fun started.
Over the next couple of years I spent so much on repairing the thing that it made my local mechanic wealthy.
My experience with Kia was so bad it has soured me from all Korean vehicles; forever and ever.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th October, 2005
My KIA Sportage ran into problems which were found to be due to a rusty petrol tank. This necessitated replacement of the tank, the fuel filler neck, the fuel gauge sender unit, spark plugs and the fuel filter. Also the injectors had to be removed and cleaned. The car was 40 months old so not covered by warranty. BUT was the problem the tank or faulty fuel. KIA Australia were no help when approached. Shell is looking into it.
Malcolm Hughes 9 Bertha St Hill Top 2575 or 02 4998 8661.
I agree - Kias in general are total rubbish. Don't despair however, if you want a korean 4wd that actually works, buy a Ssangyong Musso - I have one and it is a brilliant machine, thanks to it's Mercedes DNA.