1999 Kia Sportage EX from North America


The Sportage is a good, reliable vehicle that is well worth the money


My four-wheel-drive went out twice (the dealership told me I should use it every now and then to keep it in shape) ; my transmission had to be replaced; my fan switch needs to be replaced; and my air conditioner hose leaks inside the vehicle.

General Comments:

This is my second Kia Sportage. I feel like you're going to have trouble with any vehicle when it starts piling on the miles, and this is no different. I once had a Chevy S-10 Blazer that had to have both transmission and engine replaced, as well as little things here and there. I love my Sportage. It's been reliable transportation and I would definitely buy another one. You can't beat the price. Prior to my purchase of my first Sportage, I was looking at Toyota 4-Runners, which were priced thousands of dollars more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th October, 2003

31st Dec 2003, 18:06

I adore my kia sportage ex I've owned it since 1999 and it is the best. i have never had a problem with it.

1999 Kia Sportage from North America


A true waste of money


Engine stalls.

Windows do not roll down properly.

Rear hatch does not stay up.

Muffler is frequently replaced.

Air conditioner leaks.

Driver side heats up near gas tank.

Transmission problems.

Seats are wearing out.

Does not accelerate well.

General Comments:

Do not jump out in front of another car; you will not get anywhere.

However it is a good running car, once you get it started.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th August, 2003

24th Sep 2003, 13:29

I have a '99 Kia Sportage and the engine seem to be working fine. I do have window problems and the air conditioning-fan is noisy at 4. It burns a lot of fuel to me. The parts seems to be reasonable.

1999 Kia Sportage 2 door Convertible 4 from North America


A low price car and high price repairs


To start off, the Dealer pulled a fast one on us. He pulled our credit before we even told him that we were interested in buying the car.

They then told use that this was a Dealer Demo car, come to find out when I traded it in, that it was a Leased Car.

The manual did not tell you how to program the clock on the radio. They had two different radio's and only one was in the owner's manual.

They also told us that our Warranty was 5 years 50,000 miles. Came to find out that that was a lie also.

The fuse panel box would never close. The arm rest would never go back. These were both replaced and did the same thing about a week after replacement.

I had the power steering belt changed by the dealer. A week after that, it became hard to turn to the left or the right. Took it in to find out that they had bent my pulley when they changed the belt. Had to have the pulley replaced.

I had my brakes and rotors changed for the price of 435 dollars. That is 107 dollars a piece for the rotors.

My last and most upsetting item was I was out and about, stopped the car and it would not go into park. I had to leave my key in the car all night long because you cannot get the key out without it being in park. This is where I found out that the Warranty would not cover this item. I don't know what they thought it was because they never put my car on the rack to look it over.

The every time I went to the service department, they were rude to me.

General Comments:

The only good thing about this car was it being a Convertible.

It did have a nice radio in it.

It did not have cruise control.

It had no power when driving or when taking off.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th May, 2003

12th Jul 2007, 10:05

This really sounds more like a dealer and service facility issue than a vehicle issue.