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1997 Kia Sportage

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97 Kia--Poor Mechanical Quality
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By Nathan4444
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Vehicle

1997 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

I bought the truck used because it was cheap, I have owned it less than 2 years. It has 62k miles on it. I just brought it in for the transmission to find out, Transmission is shot, head gasket is blown, and I need a new clutch. I also recently replaced the starter and had 4 wheel drive repaired. The truck never drove well to begin with. Very noisy and no power at all.


Favorite Features

None


Suggested Improvements

Mechanical quality is extremely lacking. Need to upgrade everything on the vehichle


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WORK CAR
Performance
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Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
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By CHUCK1000
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Vehicle

1997 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV


Review

SOME WIRE PROBLEMS, FUN TO DRIVE LOW PRICE


Favorite Features

5 SPEED, AIR


Suggested Improvements

REAR DOOR


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GOOD LITTLE TRUCK
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Fun To Drive
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Build Quality
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By HANKSOLO
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Vehicle

1997 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

IT IS A GOOD CAR IN GENERAL, VERY GOOD IN THE SNOW, THE WIND NOISE IS JUST ABOUT AVERAGE, AND WHEN GOING UP HILL WITH FOUR PEOPLE IN THE CAR DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT PUT THE A/C ON, THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS ALWAYS ON AND THE BELTS SQUEEL NOT MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU CHANGE THEM, BUT REGARLES WE ARE HAPPY WITH IT...YOU CAN GO WRONG WITH IT


Favorite Features

EASY TO HANDLE, RELIABLE, AND GREAT FOR THE MONEY


Suggested Improvements

CHECK ENGINE LIGHT, NOISE BELTS, BIGGER ENGINE, WINDOW DEFROST


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Kia Sportage
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By aat
on

Vehicle

1997 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

No major problems! Resetting the radio was annoying; locating the horn's zone was annoying; Otherwise, a better than fair smaller SUV.


Favorite Features

Gas mileage and reliability. I haven't seen one stranded on the road and it has run well. I had questions initially and the KIA headquarters were GREAT!!


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Sales Car
Performance
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Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By John Mahon
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Vehicle

1997 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

I bought my Kia new. During the first 6 months I had a few problems. The air bag lights would not go out. I brought the vehicle for service about 6 or 7 times and finally they fixed it. Overall the vehicle has been reliable. I had the front bumper repainted(the paint flaked off) However, I used the vehicle for a sales position. I drove all over New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, and Texas in this vehicle. The only thing I did was replace the brakes and change the oil. The vehicle ran great until 90,000 miles and then I had to replace the timing belt.


Favorite Features

Reliability, Compact Style, Smooth Ride


Suggested Improvements

More Power, Rear Door hatch, and Folding rear seats.


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