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By Bill C on
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1996 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV 4WD
Review
My largest complaint comes from the failure of a timing belt. The engines on these vehicles are referred to as an "interfearence" motor which means that if the timing belt breaks, there is a great chance that the motor will destruct via valves and pistons hitting eachother in a furious, mistimed, catastrophic event. Here is the biggest kicker- The water pump is driven by the timing belt which means as in my case, the water pump failed causing the timing belt to fail prematurely ultimately causing a catastrophic disolving of the internal motor parts. IMHO, not a good engineering design.
Favorite Features
Good in accidents, car was struck while stopped at a stop light. A Mitsubishi Eclipse impacted the rear end of the Kia. The Kia had $1,200.00 in damages, the Eclipse ended up with the motor in the passenger seat.
Suggested Improvements
Improve the overall quality, lower road noise, and improve motor performance.
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