2000 Kia Sportage SX 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

When the warranty runs out, I'll be buying my fourth Kia Sportage!

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

This is my third Sportage, so my level of satisfaction speaks for itself.

My first was six months old and I upgraded a year later.

My second was a year old and my third I've had from new two years ago.

It handles like a car, yet easily slips into 4WD when needed.

It's easy to park.

Good all round vision.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2002

2000 Kia Sportage EX from North America

Summary:

Not a bad vehicle for the money

Faults:

Initially, the interior lights didn't work. Dealership figured out the problem and replaced the interior wiring.

I have maintained the vehicle relatively well, although not perfectly, changing the oil, transmission fluid and lubrication when recommended. This was the first vehicle that I ever purchased new, and it has performed well so far.

It has been a good vehicle for my wife. The Sportage has been somewhat under powered, but reliable.

Recently, (39,000 miles) I had to replace the drive shaft, it was making a metallic grinding sound. I would not consider it a major problem after almost 40,000 miles of service.

I find it a shame it has such a questionable reputation or I would highly recommend the model to others.

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

Review Date: 31st October, 2001

7th Aug 2002, 00:23

Replacing a drive shaft at 39,000 miles? This is not a major problem? Well, it might not be major, but this kind of repair shouldn't be needed at 39,000 miles... that's like a water pump going out at 15,000 miles...

2000 Kia Sportage EX from North America

Summary:

A poor performer with a lot of problems!

Faults:

Front wheel hubs were replaced at 16,000 miles. The wheels were ready to fall off.

Attempted to engage 4W drive while in 2W drive. In the shop multiple times for this problem. The car would vibrate, make noises and I would lose control of the car.

Engine overheated for no apparent reason while on a 600 mile trip from home. The temperature gauge malfunctioned giving no warning. The engine totally fused together. Currently (Oct-Nov 2001) waiting for a new engine and determination of why it overheated.

General Comments:

The car has been nothing but a problem, and at this point in time safety seems to be a real issue.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th October, 2001

2000 Kia Sportage LX 2.0 DOHC from North America

Summary:

Good value; it does what you need, but don't expect much more

Faults:

No problems yet.

General Comments:

Sportage is sluggish if you don't use the accelerator well, which has lots of play. If you own one, treat it like you own it. If you want good pick up, run it to 4,500-5,000 RPMs, and you'll realize where the power is. Not inspiring, but not bad either.

It's not in the same class as other mini-utes, as the price will attest.

Buy one used and you'll save $6-8K over a comparably equipped CR-V. I got my 2000 Sportage for $12K and I'm completely happy with its performance, fit and finish, and utility.

I've had no problems with it. It's a fun car to drive. I feel I'm on vacation every time I step in.

It rides more like a truck because it is. You can do serious off-roading, while most of its competition will have to be relegated to paved or smooth dirt roads.

Don't compare it to other mini SUVs that are $5K more expensive. If you want to spend $5K more, then of course you'll get a better product.

The Sportage's poor reputation hurts its resale value, which I used to my advantage. I'm more than satisfied with it, and I paid about $4k-$5k less than a new one. This little truck does everything I want it to and, so far, I've had no troubles with it.

For 2000, I think KIA worked out most of the kinks the earlier model years were plagued with. Great little rig.

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

Review Date: 21st June, 2001

2000 Kia Sportage 4X4 EX 2.0 FI from North America

Summary:

Great value, nice style

Faults:

Catch on the arm rest back tray broke - but then I've been rough with it. Easy (self) fix.

General Comments:

Haven't seen a relationship between the mostly bad press and my vehicle's performance.

Needs a 6th gear or a different final gear ratio to drop the RPMs and raise the gas mileage when highway cruising.

Rear wiper needs an intermittent setting.

Needs better placement of the rear wiper controls.

Hatch could use a handle to open, and the rear lock should unlock with the central locking system. I hate using the key each time I have to open the rear hatch.

I had a Honda Accord before this vehicle and I like this better. The Honda was reliable, but god-awful boring.

Also owned a Toyota SR5 4X4. The Sportage is better on ice and snow. More comfortable and just as dependable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2001