2000 Kia Sportage LX from North America
Fantastic bargain. Not for the power hungry
This is a real truck built with body on frame construction. Most other mini SUVs are uni-body construction. This along with the low gear ratio gives it the highest tow rating of the mini SUVs.
The in-line cast iron block four cylinder engine is actually very powerful in its own right, the problem is that the truck is just a little too heavy for it. It certainly accelerates quickly enough to merge with traffic and has no trouble maintaining speed on highway grades.
I bought the Kia because of its extremely low price compared to other vehicles in its class. The 100,000 mile warranty put my mind at ease on the reliability front. I think that Kia has worked out a lot of their problems with this vehicle from previous models or they would not stand behind it like this.
The engine is not as quiet as many other 4 cylinders. I have a lot of experience with engines however and know the difference between nuisance noises and problem noises. These engines are just a little noisy.
I would recommend a late model Sportage to anyone. Stay away from anything earlier though.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th February, 2002
18th Sep 2003, 20:53
Ditto... I echo your opinion... My 2000/EX has been rock solid reliable with the exception of one repair of the 4x4 vacuum assembly, and, the battery being replaced. BTW, I put synthetic oil in the engine and transmission, along with K&N filters - power train is smooth and traffic "power" is adequate (at least for my driving style). s/ WJK (Baltimore MD)
7th Feb 2004, 07:57
Up until recently, I would have agreed with the comments here. Now I am totally opposed. Here's why: I have 1 2000 KIA Sportage with 50,000 miles. The four wheel drive has become very difficult to shift, and the front wheels scrape and grind. I suspect wheel bearings due to the ability to rock the tire top to bottom by hand. I cannot find a mechanic in St. Mary's County Maryland who is willing to work on the vehicle, since parts are not readily available, and service information is not out from Haynes or Chilton's (mechanics words, not mine). The service manuals must be purchase directly from KIA. The dealers are all 70+ miles away, which means an expensive tow. If you don't live next door to the dealer, and you don't have a pocket full of money, don't keep your KIA past 35,000 miles.
16th Jan 2008, 15:43
Wow, I am surprised. Do I have the only KIA in America that has 191k miles and still counting?
My 2000 sportage has had one major repair, thanks to Jiffy Lube's stupidity and other than that, just regular wear and tear. (tires, brakes, etc)
I guess I got lucky.
Vicki in Virginia.
22nd May 2010, 00:43
Can anyone answer this, how is the 2000 front wheel drive 4 cyl 5 speed?