Consumer Reports Annual Auto Issue that comes out every year in April has a section for good use cars... It does not recommend the Sportage until the 2005 model... but even that model should be inspected closely by a reliable mechanic that can look for present and possible future problems. With dealership mechanics charging up to $100.00 an hour for labor, picking the wrong vehicle can be a very costly mistake.
My 2000 Kia Sportage 2wd soft top has had the engine light on for a long time. And recently while on the highway in traffic, when I came to a slow idle or stop, it died on me. It started back up, but only after I cranked the starter for a long time. Once it is started, I cannot let the RPM go below 2000 even at a stop sign or red light, or it will sputter and die on me, and it will take a long time of grinding the starter to get it going again. Battery, alternator and starter all seem fine, and the mechanic said the head gasket and timing belt are fine. My mechanic said they honestly don't know what's wrong with it. Does anyone have any ideas?
I would like to drive it again, but I'm afraid it will die or kill me when I'm driving.
And I would love to not have to throw it into neutral and rev the engine every time I come to a stop or slow down at a light, like I want to race the car next to me...
I love my little Kia, and I have taken such good care of it until this happened.
Anyone have the same problem and get it fixed?
I would appreciate any help. Thanks.
Sounds like some type of fuel problem; fuel pump, fuel injectors going bad, possibly a bad batch of gas or water got into the gas tank.
Try the cheapest things first; put in some fuel injector cleaner in it, follow the directions, don't put too much in the fuel tank. Then if that doesn't work, get some carb cleaner, start at the airbox, working your way back to the injector manifolds, clean what you can, put everything in order and reverse it when you put it back together. Take pictures if necessary.
It could also be that your catalytic converter that might be clogged up. Also during this period, keep the battery charger on. Keeping up a battery on a car with problems is very important.
Go to your local car part shop and purchase a bottle of HEET. This happened to my 2006 Kia Sportage and was caused by a bad batch of gas. HEET absorbs all the moisture in your gas tank. Mine immediately drove fine, and the product only cost me about $3.