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.
2000 Kia Sportage Convertible 4 cylinder from North America
It's great, but drinks too much gas
Nothing has gone wrong with my SUV yet, except it drinks a lot of gas.
Overall I get great comments from everyone.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 14th September, 2000
4th Mar 2001, 14:08
This is a very nice looking and good running SUV at a non-SUV price. Don't know what the problems and complaints other people have are. I guess if it's not a 100% it will never be acceptable for them. My wife spent over $30,000 for her Pathfinder and that is a piece of junk. For $14,000 less, this Kia runs better and handles well!