2002 Kia Sportage from North America
Should be recalled
Radiator fan broke off and destroyed the radiator at 3200km.
Brakes left powder residue on the tire rim.
Check Engine light was continuously on. (No explanation from any shop I took it to)
Differential was shot after 90000km (regular maintenance)
Exhaust system had to be completely replaced after 70000km
Transfer case completely destroyed at 128568.
Spare tire holder rusted shut.
Hood pop cord broke
Driver side lock had to be replaced due to built in alarm system.
This vehicle when running properly is fun to drive and comfortable. However there was always something wrong, or going wrong with it. The interior is very nice, comfortable and roomy for both front and back seat passengers. But there seems to be a problem with the mechanics of the vehicle. As soon as you fix something on it, 2 weeks later it's back in the shop. I wrote and contacted KIA several times and they said there was nothing they could do after my warranty had run out. In my opinion the vehicle should have been recalled. It wasn't safe or reliable. It was and will be the last KIA I will ever own.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th March, 2008
I agree - the Kia Sportage is a big pile of feces. To anyone out there who is considering buying one of these, don't do it. RUN AWAY, as fast as you can!!
Every car in the world leaves brake dust on the rims. Most people fight the problem by washing their car.