2001 Kia Sportage ex 4x4 4 cylinder from North America
It's been very dependable!
This sportage is 4 years old - It works great - No problems whatsoever! Works well off road. I think people expect too much in a low cost, 4 cylinder suv. This is not a Jeep Renegade people.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th July, 2005
I agree with the premise of your review, but I respectfully disagree with the notion that a Sportage, or any other new car for sale today is "cheap".
As a whole, cars today are outrageously overpriced. Many people, perhaps who have not worked on and/or had cars apart, think there is more to them than there really is. $20K+ for a metal shell with an engine and seats (which is quite frankly what a car is), is simply ludicrous.
Car manufacturers inflate the prices of their cars, because they know people have stopped thinking about purchase price anymore, and finance everything. They have desensitized people into now thinking $20K for a car is a good deal. Another ploy is to have even more overly-high/outrageous sticker prices, and then offer manufacturers incentives/rebates, or the latest, "employee pricing", to try and make the customer think he or she is getting some kind of a spectacular deal.
In the end, you are still paying a mini-fortune for something which is not even remotely worth the price, and probably financing your life away to sign up for the crazy deal. The only solution is for people to get past the notion, that a new car will change their life, and be willing to keep an older car on the road, until this super over inflated debt-based economy blows over.
I do not care what the economic numbers say about inflation supposedly being low. If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you. This has been going on since the 1990's, when Clinton started cooking the books on inflation, to falsely make his economic numbers look good...naturally, he could get away with anything. Of course, I do not believe the inflation numbers now either. The numbers are low now, though, because they are relative to previous numbers, which were false. Nobody wants to correct them, because they would have to report that inflation was through the roof during their administration.
All those numbers and reports are a crock anyway. The bottom line is, how much do things cost, relative to average income. Things today are not at all what they used to be... We have to stop feeding it, and come back down to Earth. That is again, why I respectfully take exception to the notion of $20K for a vehicle being "cheap".
I agree with you on the Kia Sportage. I bought mine with 59000 miles on it from a dealer. I has run like a swiss watch. I only changed the timing belts and tranny filter, and I change the oil and filter every 30 days. I liked it so much I bought a second for my daughter in college, this time on ebay. I thought it needed a tranny, so I got one on ebay, turned out to be only a hanger bearing was needed. ($42.40) My mechanic liked mine so much HE bought a Sportage. Like anything mechanical you have to stay up with the maintenance. The rear rack will work better if you spray lithium white grease in the mechanism from time to time. Brake pads will only last you 15-20,000 miles. I found that adding Titanium pads made a big difference, and dust shields on the wheels, put the black dust on the wheels to zero. My only complaint is I can't figure out how to open the radio bezel without breaking it, to change the CD player to XM radio. thing is tight.