2000 Kia Sportage EX from North America
This car is a piece of junk!!!
This is a true lemon. I would never recommend this car to anyone. I have never had as much trouble with any other car and this one's only a year old.
The radio was replaced, the oxygen sensor was replaced and the exhaust shield was removed because it caused a rattling noise.
The 4-wheel drive was fixed in January and it was broken again in February. They can't fix it so I have to drive around in the middle of winter with no 4-wheel drive. It's extremely unsafe. I found out the 4-wheel drive was broken again the hard way - during a snowstorm.
All the dealership can say is that they replaced the parts and don't know they can't get it working. I asked for a rental car to use until it was fixed and they said Kia has decided that as long as I can start the car up it's drivable. They have no concern for safety.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th February, 2001
11th Feb 2001, 20:18
I'm so glad I didn't get one!
12th Feb 2001, 10:03
We have a 1998 Sportage 4x4. Very similiar problems: rattling catalytic converter (replaced), rear tire bracket would not latch (replaced), hatch rattles on smooth roads, now it is in the shop to have the 4x4 fixed... plus while in the shop the dealer said this is common problem.
The brakes are gone at 22,000 miles, also a common problem... never again.