2002 Kia Sportage ltd from North America


I can't count on it, its undependable


The engine Light is on Often, and sometimes for long periods.

Twice the Cooling fan has disintegrated and ruined the clutch, radiator and housing.

General Comments:

I don't feel that I can depend on this car. I've taken the car to the dealer because the engine light comes on, but they won't look at it if the light isn't on when I get there.

I recently had the brakes done, and was told that the rear cylinder has a leak. I called the dealer and they want to charge $42 to find out if it is leaking, when in fact, since it is still under warranty a charge for a hydraulic problem shouldn't be an issue.

At about 20 thousand miles, I was driving down the road, heard a clunk like I hit something. I was close to home and had no problems. When I tried to leave the next morning, the car had no power. The problem was that part of the cooling fan was lying in the driveway. The rest of the fan was apparently where it had fallen off when I hear the clunk. It took 4 days to get it fixed because they had to order the parts.

Today, I was driving along and hit something. The fan again. 42,000 miles, and I watched the car being loaded onto the tow truck... again. Is this a trend? Do I need a new fan, clutch, housing and radiator every 20,000 miles? I'm planning a vacation, how can I plan to drive 2,000 miles with the engine light flashing, brakes leaking, and the fan apt to fall of at any moment?

Whats Next!?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th April, 2004

9th Jul 2004, 10:11

The engine light usually comes on if the engine is not shut off before the gas cap is removed. This causes the vapor recovery (emission stuff) to read a failure and the light will remain on till re-set. Will also come on if hose to vapor breather in box under rear bumper is pinched off with packed in mud. Both problems are a nuisance, but nothing more. Tough cheap 4x4 but does have it's quirks.

17th Sep 2005, 09:18

Mine kia sportage ex is the worst little car or little SUV that I'd ever had to drive.

18th Sep 2005, 14:57

I might accept the fan destroying its shroud and possibly damaging the radiator, but how does it destroy the clutch?

4th Jan 2006, 18:39

I've been reading these comments, and I assume the "clutch" referred too is the thermostatic clutch to which the fan itself is attached to.

2002 Kia Sportage from North America


A highly reliable car


Cooling fan blade broke apart after 40 thousand mile.

Driver's side seat belt stopped retracting.

Passenger side sun-visor clip broke off.

General Comments:

I use this car on my job and I put well over 100 miles a day on it. It has only had one failure in 60000 miles which required a visit to the shop; a broken cooling fan. I have experienced no other mechanical problems.

It has a bit less power than what I would expect from such a light car, but it is sufficient and not less than what the dealership led me to believe.

My mileage is within the specifications posted on the retail sticker, which is about 18 miles per gallon (city/highway driving averaged).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2004

2002 Kia Sportage 2 door from North America


A complete piece of garbage


The windshield wipers fall off if there is ice on the windshield.

The heater sucks up whatever is on the car (snow, leaves etc.) and blows it inside the car.

The front rotors have warped three times.

I've had to have the locks changed twice because the one in the back door keeps locking up.

The front seats were obviously built for someone who stands about five feet tall. Very uncomfortable! I'm 6'1" and the lumbar support sticks out right about tail bone level.

The cup holders break if you breath on them too heavily. They also put the front cup holder right in front of the clock and air vents.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th March, 2004