My 1999 Kia sportage has been broken
more times than I can keep up with. The
Courtesy Ford dealership that I bought
it from does not honor their warentee
and either does the Kia dealerships.
Now I have a lemon on my hands.
Bought my 99 Sportage used with 33,000
miles. Have only had one problem,
which was the starter going bad.
Other than that, it has been very
reliable. It now has 61,000 miles and
is still running well. It's pretty
utilitarian, which is what I like and
it is great in the snow and offroad.
Sporty handling for an SUV. Good cargo
capacity. Fun to drive.
Tire should be mounted on the door.
Hatch should have inside and outside
release, rather than having to use key.
First vehicle I've owned that never
needed wheel alignment in five years.
23 mpg average, crusing at posted
interstate speed limits. Ride & noise
level fine; better than I expected.
The ONLY change I would want is more
power. Maintaining cruise speed on
extended upgrades with a headwind in
Wyoming (high-altitude) was sometimes
difficult. Consumer Reports
is 'unfair;' interior materials &
finishing quality is just as good as
Honda & Toyota, in my experience.
Excellent driver comfort, seating
position. Better handling and high-
speed cruising capability than I
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