2002 Kia Sportage Reviews - Page 8 of 11

2002 Kia Sportage LX 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.2 / 10
Distance when acquired50 miles
Most recent distance24500 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Faults:

What things have not gone wrong with my car?

New Transmission at less than 5,000 miles.

2 New Rear shift differentials replaced less than a year apart.

4+ fuses blown to my power windows. (which I paid for instead of driving 30 miles to the nearest dealer to have to sit and wait over a hour to replace a piece that takes less than a minute)

Windows stopped working due to a wire being "pinched" in door.

A scraping noise when you first start driving the vehicle which is "normal".

A popping noise that is "normal" when you're on an incline and shifting.

My gas gauge dropped down to "Empty" while I was driving 70 MPH on the interstate and slowly started to rise after slowing down when exiting the interstate.

The cup holder is at the worst possible place. In front of the air vents sets the cup holders which heats your cold drinks in the winter and blocks the clock and the climate controls when ever the cup holder is out.

The vehicle has NO power what so ever!! I can walk faster up a hill then what my Sportage can do.

General Comments:

I would not recommend a Kia product to my worst enemy. I have had nothing, but problems since day 1. The dealership I have dealt with did not seem to be educated in the Kia product. The Kia company does not stand behind their product like other car companies do. I hired a lawyer and proceed to file a Lemon Law through the BBB, however, I would have taken a huge loss... I should have done it considering the loss I am at now. If you ever try to buy a new vehicle, your Kia would have to be pretty much paid off or else you will take a major loss. I am still kicking my self to this day for buying that 2002 Kia Sportage!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th January, 2004

15th Oct 2005, 19:41

Absolutely!

We have had numerous problems with our 2002 Sportage. The A/C is the #1...of course there is never anything wrong, it is testing "according to factory standards"!

2002 Kia Sportage 2.0L from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance22700 miles
Previous carVolvo 240

Summary:

Fun, reliable truck

Faults:

Rear power window stopped working. Seems to be a known issue with Kias. Fixed under warranty.

General Comments:

Is a great "moving truck." Can hold a lot of stuff once the rear seats are folded down.

4x4 feature is an asset. Has been used many times off-road.

Rear-mounted tire rack makes changing flats easier compared to SUV's with the spare mounted underneath.

Truck has been reliable. I have traveled cross country a couple of times without a problem.

Maintenance with a 4x4 is more extensive than with a car-based SUV. For example, the differential and transfer case fluid must be changed as per the maintenance schedule. Also, the U-joints must be lubed. Those not experienced with 4x4 trucks may not even know that these parts of the truck exist. Thus, the Sportage is a little more maintenance intensive. For those who do not do their own maintenance (or don't want to pay a lot for maintenance items), this may not be the type of SUV for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2003

2002 Kia Sportage from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance14200 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

As cheaply made as a wooden toy airplane

Faults:

2002 Kia Sportage/Ongoing rotor & brake pad replacement (4+ times), had to have alternator replaced, had to have whole exhaust system replaced, had to have rear window motors replaced, had to have alarm fixed, all of this by 12,000 miles! Ended up filing a lemon law case with an attorney and finally got Kia to buy it back, whole process took 2 months. Own a 2003 Toyota RAV4 now!!!

General Comments:

I would never never buy another Kia again, after researching the Internet, I see that most Kias have the same problem! I should have researched this prior to buying it, I'm just glad to finally be rid of that thing!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th June, 2003

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 28 reviews