15th Dec 2008, 14:24

I have a 1999 Kia Sportage. It was given to me by my grandfather. It is a cute little car, good on gas, and fun to drive except for those minor hiccups like the loud pitched whine that comes from somewhere in the engine that nobody can figure out. Love it when you go to the drive through and they can't hear you because of it.

There is the door beeper to remind you that you left your keys in the car while I am driving down the freeway that doesn't shut off.

Oh, and let's not forget, my most exciting moment last week when out of the blue my check engine light comes on, it sounds like there is a shoot out going on inside of my engine and then it dies on the side of I5 at 6am!! I only have 80,000 miles on the beast and I throw a rod! I asked the tow truck driver what are the most towed cars, he said Kia. I also found out that our Kia dealership actually keeps Kia engines on site because they need them so often. What does that tell you? I am now looking for a Honda or Toyota!!

7th Feb 2009, 21:18

I have a Kia Sportage 2000 Manual 4X4.

I start it in the morning, it will run about 6 klms, then the engine will cut out. It won't start for about 3 min, then when it does it will go for about 500 meters then cut out. If I leave it for 10 minute, it will run about 5 klms again, then start doing the same thing.

I have replaced the crank angle sensor "Fault code", but still doing the same thing. Has anyone had this issue? Can anyone help? Thanks 0488085449.

3rd Jul 2009, 19:45

I bought my 1999 Kia Sportage about 3 months ago. 110,000 miles. It starts first time every time, I get about 28mpg, but do mostly highway at 60mph. It's fairly quiet. Best part is I have no monthly payment.

I had new front brakes fitted for $75, main engine seal replaced for $175... etc. The problems I have are - the engine light comes on whenever. If I open the fuel cap and put it back on, after 2 miles the lights goes off! There's a (faint) rattling sound from the engine but its drives OK.

I think it's an OK little car if driven carefully. Its been windy here and it's been OK on the road. I wouldn't let my daughter drive this though. I'm saving for a new car... maybe a Kia Soul as they get great reviews.

2nd Aug 2009, 20:08

Man I wish I had read the reviews before I bought my 1999 Kia Sportage 2 dr automatic 2 WD.

I paid 1,600.00, and going in I knew I would need a few things. Well lets see what a few things are.

A set of new tires, new brakes all around, two new rotors, 2 new drums, 10 new lug nuts/studs.

New top, set of new seatbelts for front seats, new timing belt, new water pump, new radiator, new alternator, new battery, new blower motor, new front grill clips.

2 new headlight bulbs, new muffler and tail pipe, new air cleaner, new air cleaner box, new air temperature sensor, new mass air flow sensor and new oil and filter change, and 2 new door dome/beeper switches (so the interior light comes on when ya open the door).

And still the hold light flashes, the check engine light remains on and the air bag light is flashing a knee air bag code. Using my code reader it says I need a turbine speed input sensor (for the transmission).

I'm getting 19.6 miles to the gallon on the hwy, and don't ever think of driving this in the city; a hummer would get better mileage.

I call the dealer and he says well you don't have the 30 thousand dollar code tester we have, so bring it in and we will read the codes for ya. (that's 99 bucks) and OMG would you believe my 87 dollar code reader said the same thing.

As for the air bag light, well he says I probably need a new kneebag (YA THINK, You don't say... REALLY???) and by changing that the check engine light may go out. But then I still need to change the speed sensor; that will no doubt fix the hold light problem. However they may have to do more diagnostics to know for sure and that is billed hourly.

Then he said... ya readyfor this??? "PERHAPS YOU SHOULD JUST BUY A NEW KIA". I looked him straight in the face and said "I would rather put a gun to my head and squeeze the trigger than buy another KIA. Are you out of yer ever living mind???" And I left in exactly the same place I was before I went there; only 106.00 more wasted on the piece of dung it has turned out to be.

27th Sep 2009, 18:39

I have a 2000 Kia Sportage. Been nothing but problems.

A year or more ago, I had a timing belt break. Took it in and replaced.

Then a couple months ago, a clanking noise in the timing case. Water pump and tension rod replaced. After I left, loss of power.

A couple of days later, problems started. Changed fuel pump, coils, wires, spark plugs.

Oh yeah, when I got it back from the mechanic for the water pump, all the belts came off, they put them back on. It has not ran in months. It starts, but try and take off and it dies and won't start back up. Look under the hood and 1 of the belts is shredded to heck, the crankshaft pulley is wobbling. Crankshaft? I've put $1200. into it in the last 6 months and it won't run.

Don't BUY A KIA!!!

7th Dec 2009, 20:04

2002 Kia Sportage.

Dealer would not fix front wheel drive hubs on warranty. Went to another dealer, he said he would reseal vacuum hubs for $600.00.

I said what about the warranty on two year old vehicle with 18,000 kilometers on it. He said he did not think Kia would pay the warranty bill.

The second dealer did a service check that required the rear drums to be removed for a brake lining inspection. The next day the brakes jammed up on my wife, then started to grind. Took it back and they replaced the brake shoes. Within two days the brakes started to grind again. Took it back and I watched when they took drums off; LH rear OK, RH rear drum ground up and shoes destroyed. Adjuster parts were in the drum. I asked them to have a journeyman mechanic repair the brakes, not an apprentice. After that the brakes were OK.

I am ordering Warn hubs to fix the 4 wheel drive problem, and no longer answer any mail from KIA asking me to come in and see their new models and see their service centre.

5th Mar 2010, 12:18

March 6, 2010

We have a 2000 Sportage. Close to 200,000 miles. Except for remote mirror, erratic rear window switch and the 2nd and 3rd speed of the blower motor not working, everything has been fine. Up to 30 MPG on the highway.

About 3 months ago it started bucking and missing. Finally found a site that said to take off the idle control valve. On the intake tube near the nearest the mass air flow. As was predicted, it was full of carbon deposits. Cleaned it out with carb cleaner, cotton swabs and compressed air. The carbon deposit keeps the rotating valve from functioning properly and mixture is screwed up. Can cause hard starting, stopping, idle surge, missing on acceleration, rich mixture, rough idle, gas smell and real drop in highway mileage.

Also the rear spark plug chamber fills with oil, although I can't locate the source.

New gaskets, sealer etc, slows the leak a little, but it still needs cleaning every 30 - 35,000 miles. Guess we just got a good one.