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1998 Kia Sportage SUV

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Kia Sportage Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 130 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Kia Sportage

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Slick styling, cheap price, spunky DOHC engine

  • Cons

    Not much cargo room, cheap radio

  • What's New for 1998

    There are lots of improvements this year for the Sportage, including a new grille, new alloy wheels, tilt steering wheel, passenger-side airbag, better brakes, improved air conditioning and four-wheel ABS that replaces last year's rear-wheel ABS.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (5 total reviews)  |  Write a Review


Gets me anywere in any

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Vehicle: 1998 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV 4WD

I have maintained the car's engine with oil changes and any recalls. Kia is good about informing owners for recalled parts. I never worry about getting home even with over a foot of snow on my long upward driveway. 4x4 is excellent. Torque for a 4 cylinder is ok and sustaining speed is excellent. I really like it and may drive it another two years unless offered at least 4K.




Just my luck

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Vehicle: 1998 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV 4WD

Bought this after having a big Chevy SUV. Didn't need the big gas hog but this thing isn't that much better! The big problem is when it needs repairs it will cost you a fortune. I paid over $200.00 for a rebuilt alternator and it cost me $900.00 to have one of the catalytic converters replaced. Another problem is that auto parts stores don't carry parts for Kia's. Just when I think it's OK, something else goes wrong. I should have spent more up front for a Honda or Toyota.




Worthless sportage

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Vehicle: 1998 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV 4WD

What a poor excuse for an SUV. This vehicle definately has NO spunk within the underpowered 2.0 engine. The 4 wheel drive power transfer in 4HI is virtually non-existant, and the 4LO gear ratio is extremely too low. The fuel economy is horrible, even after a complete tune-up. The overall quality put into this vehicle gives new meaning to the phrase "you get what you pay for!"




Don't do it

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Vehicle: 1998 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV 4WD

Every six months there is a problem with this suv. The check engine light is always on the car has always been in a garage and had rust on the back tire cage after one year. The brakes started to squeak after the first year. THe harness had to be rewired twice in the first two years.Believe me there is more bad news too just don't do it. Look around and pay a little more you will be happier. I want to sell mine asap.




Not a good buy.

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Vehicle: 1998 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV 4WD

We purchased the Sportage in 1998. It was cute, reasonable, with a good warranty. However, what good is the warranty if it is not honored. Kia lack knowledgable service tech.



Full 1998 Kia Sportage Review

What's New for 1998

There are lots of improvements this year for the Sportage, including a new grille, new alloy wheels, tilt steering wheel, passenger-side airbag, better brakes, improved air conditioning and four-wheel ABS that replaces last year's rear-wheel ABS.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
/
  • 21
  • highway
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