13th Dec 2005, 09:39

I've had problems with a used 2000 KIA Sportage EX that I recently purchased in Oct. 2005 (sad to say that its only December) Please go here like I did, to file a complaint and hopefully get this vehicle recalled. http://www.nhtsa.gov/

I'm currently experiencing problems with my 4 wheel drive, my gas door won't close, and my brake light comes on whenever I apply my foot to the brake. I hear a grinding noise when I apply my brake in 2WD, not sure what that is all about. Now I keep my car in 4 wheel (I believe something may not be engaging properly in between gear shifts).

2nd Mar 2006, 19:56

I bought a 2000 KIA Sport-age EX 2 years ago, there is a loud vibration in the back, the oil pan rusted, and the power windows don't work. (not the fuses)

1st Jul 2006, 01:23

Gee, I don't know what all the hububb is about! I bought a 2000 4wd Sportage last year and put about 20k on the car that already had 35k on it. Yup, brake pads are a problem. The factory rotors are the problem, actually. I replaced the rotors and pads, cleaned the ABS sensor and replaced the feed line because it is rubber, and not long enough, so it broke. Other than that, no real problems at all. Maybe everybody should stop going to Firestone to get their problems fixed.

If you have this vehicle, I recommend you replace the front brakes with after-market parts, which are actually better than factory in the case of this car. I think you will find a lot of your brake problems will go away if you do. My brake light (ABS) used to come on all the time too. Not because of the master cylinder, but because of the sensors being coated with pad dust and metal grindings from the pads. Also because the hose was severed.

Anyway, that's my 2 cents worth.

17th Dec 2006, 00:39

I've had my 2000 4x2 Sportage for 8 months now. So far I have had to replace the wheel bearings, tires, radiator, fan clutch, muffler and cat converters. I did most of the work myself. Actually this car is pretty easy to work on, but I'm having a heck of a time keeping that check engine light off.

The door lock mechanisms are cheap plastic and need cleaning and adjusting from time to time. Other than that, it's been pretty good to me. This is all nothing compared to a Hyundai Scoupe. that care is a nightmare... but that's another story.

25th Dec 2006, 15:15

I have owned my 1999 Kia Sportage for a while and I got it new. It was okay for a couple of years, now the thing is falling apart. I can't move the gear unless the car is fully warmed up. When my battery dies, everything in the car resets and since I don't have a component for the car alarm, I can't turn it off. Then that causes my car not to start. Then the kill switch won't work so the car is now sitting.

28th Dec 2006, 12:24

I bought a 1999 Kia Sportage 4x4 with 38000 miles on it January 2005 with all its original service records. I really have not had any problems except rattling from heat shields after the additional 20000 miles I put on it. I live in Florida and have no issues with rusting. I do need new brake pads, but can replace them myself. It seems that most of the problems are the 2000 model and are northern cars. I have not had issues with my bearings, problems with my locks, or any of the other problems reported. Maybe the 2000 model should have been recalled. I have had a good experience with my car. My only complaint is the gas mileage.

15th Feb 2007, 09:08

Hi Everyone.

I bought a Kia Sportage 2.0 GLS (98 model) in 2002. It was the only good looking one I've ever seen, almost green -black, tints, silver trims, body kit, spoiler, and huge wheels. For a year I enjoyed the fun of it..

Unfortunately I still have the sportage which I feel lumbered with (it's 2007 now!). I have spent at least 500 pounds every other year to fix brakes, timing belt, new tires, and shocks all round. I spent 550 pounds just last summer on new wheel bearings all round.

To my horror no mechanic has been able to get rid of the wheel bearing noise from the front wheel. It's very loud and embarrassing especially when reverse parking. People often think I'm hitting someone car! This dreaded loud tuk-tuk-tuk noise is ruining any driving pleasure this sportage may provide. Other than this the sportage hasn't ever broken down, but I avoid taking the machine on motorways now because of poor road holding and body roll. It feels very unsafe and difficult to control at over 50mph.

Finally wish me luck on finding a decent car and someone who would purchase this sportage "thing."

23rd Feb 2007, 15:02

My wife has a 2000 Kia sportage, 2WD. She bought it used in 2004. The car had 70,000 miles on it. Two months after she bought it, the muffler broke off, due to rust. Took it back to the dealer, they fixed it. Then the master cylinder had to be replaced because it was leaking. Then the check engine light kept coming on, took it back to the dealer, they couldn't quite figure out what ti was. First they replaced the fuel filter and reset the code. I drove the car and two hours later, the light came back on. Took it back 3X, needless to say it's 2007 and the light is still on.

My driver side power window doesn't work. The car's top speed now going uphill is a mere 35mph (Max). This car is more problem than it is worth. Now It needs a new Catalytic converter, It has two. Kia wants $550.00 for one and $999.00 for the other. You have got to be kidding me???

27th Jul 2007, 15:38

I owned a 1995 Kia Sportage 4WD. It treated me great because I kept up on normal maintenance. I mean the timing belt went out on it right after I bought it, which I was planning on replacing anyways, but besides that a great car. I went to Mexico and all along the west coast in my car, not to mention I put on about 60,000 miles on it in just a year commuting. It got me to where I wanted to go and back every time with no trouble, with the ease of 4x4 for my dirt desert roads to the jammed parking lot at the mall. I loved my Kia Sportage. I'm thinking of buying another one, newer this time around.

12th Aug 2007, 00:32

I bought my 2000 KIA 2wd Sportage convertible used in 2002. It had 27K on it with regular maintenance, & having kept that up religiously, I have had NO problems; normal wear & tear req brake pads. Otherwise I LOVE THIS CAR!

30th Sep 2007, 08:34

Last week I just bought Kia Sportage 4x4 MY2000 with 50,000 miles on it. I paid $3500 so I think I got a decent deal. So far so good. Just replaced rear window motor assembly, but that is a known problem with this model. I need to replace front windshield due to crack in it, but that was factored into the price that I paid for the vehicle. It is a 5 speed. I think I may have to replace brake pads and rotors soon since there is pulsating and a grinding noise. This vehicle is louder than a car and has the suspension of a truck, but I kind of like it. Time will tell though.