Ot Anybody Have A Kia Sportage

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Erynn21 - February 26

We are looking at one right now and wondering if anybody out there has one. If you do: Do you like it? Hate it? We need a new vehicle and I found one for a good price, but am SO afraid of getting a lemon that will suck the life out of us. Thanks.

 

MelG - February 26

I was without a car for some time after I wrecked my Saturn sedan early last year. After searching forever for a good used car that would be affordable, I finally decided upon a 2002 Kia Sportage. It had low miles when I got it (35K) and for the 6 months I've owned it, I must say I do like it. For a small SUV, I like the space inside (plenty of room for the carseat and leftover space to haul things). I also like the fact that for an SUV, it has surprisingly good gas mileage. Things I don't like, insurance is more expensive, it will have maintenance issues that will need to be dealt with in time like timing belt and expensive tires. Fortunately, tires had been already addressed before I bought mine. Overall, I would say I am pleased with it. It's not my dream car, but I feel it's dependable, relatively safe, and easy to drive.

 

Erynn21 - February 26

I found one that has a similar amount of miles, and am interested in it, it also is not my dream car, but it is a one owner babied 2002 Sportage. It's 4 wheel drive and is the size of vehicle we need. I am in a similar position as you were my car has decided to die and I need something, it looks like a reasonably nice car. I have gotten mixed reviews, either ppl love it or hate it. Tires are always an issue with cars, I also know about the timing belt needing to be replaced around 60-70 thousand miles. The owner is asking 8700 for it which is close to blue book value. Is there anything you really don't like about it? I just want something I can feel safe and depend on.

 

ash2 - February 26

Not sure about the sportage but i had the optima and it was a piece of c___p ! Brand new stuff started falling apart. When you turned the AC on and you were driving...you could be going like 60MPH and your car would backlash down to like 55 just by turning it on. They do have a good warranty, but it is not bumper to bumper....i would research them alot more !

 

MelG - February 26

What I also like about my Kia is that they tried to replicate Toyota as much as possible in the design. My dh had an older Camry, and when I drive the kia, it feels exactly like the Camry. He had his Camry for a long time (13 years), so we are hopeful the Kia will be as dependable. It's funny that ash2 said she had so many problems with her Optima. I bought the Sportage because a relative bought an Opitma and was saying how much they liked Kia for the price. I actually bought mine off of Ebay (which many people said was crazy, but was from a reputable guy who did not want to deal with selling locally via the cla__sifeds). I don't think I would pay 8700 for one. If you check Ebay, none of them sell for that high.

 

MelG - February 26

As for anything I don't like, the only thing is that my dh doesn't really like to drive it because he says it feels like a truck. Myself, I like sitting higher up off the road and feeling bigger than I used to in my old Saturn, so it doesn't bother me. I also like the fact the the 4x4 one that I bought has factory tinted windows in the back which sheild dd from the sun. You don't find alot of vehicles that have that feature.

 

Erynn21 - February 26

I don't want to pay 8700 for it I thought that was too much, actually if it's in excellent condition it's worth 8300, but I thought maybe offering between 7500 or 8000. I actually don't want something that is like a car, I need something a little more "trucky". What I am finding is ppl love Kia's or hate them. It has the tinted windows also, it looks really nice. The guy is only selling it because his family is getting too big for it. I found it on craigslist, I just don't want some piece of c___p nightmare as I already had that with a Subaru, I hate those cars, it's the same thing you either love them or hate them.

 

Keli - February 26

I had a 95 kia sportage. Biggest piece of c___p I've ever seen. They say the Kias have improved since then. They have a 10 yr warranty. The consumer report gives it a decent review.

 

MelG - February 26

I understand where the seller is coming from on the size of the vehicle. You would think that being an SUV it would hold alot, but really, with the carseat in the back, you can only fit 3 other people in comfortably - which is fine since it's only me, dh, and dd. If you have others, it may be a challenge. In that way, it's still like a car. But I really am happy with mine so far. I like the interior fabrics they use (even better than the fabric on my dh's new Toyota), it's easy to clean. The cruise control is a little generic on the 2002, but overall, it's fine. The stereo system is nice, it's a smooth ride, and what is the best as I mentioned before is the gas mileage. It's very good for an SUV. Overall, for the price, I couldn't be happier with my Sportage.

 

MelG - February 26

Another thing and then I'll shut up - ash2 mentioned about a major pull on the engine when you ran the air in the Optima. In my Kia, I don't even feel it when the air is on. It's amazing to me because I've never been in a car that didn't act that way. My Saturn used to get so bogged down I hated to run the air. With this Kia, I can't even tell it's running. And it doesn't drain the gas when you run the air. When I bought it, I had a 400 mile trip home from the seller's house and I only had to fill up once and that was with running the air almost the entire time. I guess I'm in the camp that really likes these cars.

 

in the woods - February 26

I would not buy a Kia Sportage. I bought a new 2000 Kia Sportage in 2000 - liked it and did a good amount of travelling in it. Well, I sold it in 2002 (for unrelated to the car reasons, I still liked my Kia) to a middle aged woman I know. At that time, it had 40K on it. Well, she finally had to sell it last year because she got to know the Kia service department all too well. The 4x4 drive kept breaking (she'd drive with 2 wheel drive), leaks, broken springs... All she did was driving to her work and back. The last straw came last year when the Kia servicemen asked her to sit down and showed her a long list of leaks, universal joint problems etc. I agree with someone above that in the long term it's a piece of c___p.

 

Erynn21 - February 27

Thanks ladies, this has been the consensus of my research, either people say they are awesome of the biggest piece of sh** they have ever driven. I think I am going to continue my search, in all actuality I really want a 2002 or newer Honda CRV, I know they are good, they have great consumer reports. This has all helped with my decision.

 

Erynn21 - February 27

I meant or the biggest....

 

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