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2001 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 17/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2001 Kia Sportage

  • For young families and active singles looking to own a sport-ute without getting into financial servitude, the Sportage is worth a look.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Budget price, impressive equipment levels, stout construction, high fun factor.

  • Cons

    Anemic engine, cheap interior materials, limited rear seat and cargo room.

  • What's New for 2001

    Kia's Long Haul warranty, introduced late in model-year 2000, provides powertrain coverage for 10 years or 100,000 miles, while a new Limited trim level includes lots of standard goodies over the already well-equipped Base and EX versions.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


21 of 21 people found this review helpful

Why all the bad reviews?

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Vehicle: 2001 Kia Sportage 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

I love my Sportage and plan on keeping it for another 8 yrs or so. I also had issues with the power windows and 'chirping' fan belt but I also had an excellent Dealer to deal with who actually honored my warranty. When I drive in the snow, I can pass ANY car on the road with flying colors!



1 of 12 people found this review helpful

Rip off

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Vehicle: 2001 Kia Sportage 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

Timing belt broke at 105,000 miles and I'm being told that after the belt breaks while driving it ruins the engine. Nice to know after it breaks that when this happens it is self destruction. Basicly made to be a disposible vehicle.




Horrible

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Vehicle: 2001 Kia Sportage 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

i have owned my 2001 kia sportage for about a year. and it's my 1st car. i have had the worst experience with it. it has now been in the shop for 3 months. first it was the alternator and battery. then a fuse and still isn't fixed. I have taken it to more then one shop and no one can find the problem! not to mention the visor broke off and the cup holder broke. which is really sad because i love this car its fun to drive good on gas. but overall has been a horrible car to have.




Same problems

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Vehicle: 2001 Kia Sportage EX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Same old things happening to me as well. Rear window on right will not open. Motor replaced 3 times. New Rear end, Gearbox, clutch replaced 3 times. First when Gearbox went. Driveshaft dropped out while driving. 4X4 does not work. I repalced with standard hubs. ($1600.0o to try to fix orgional) Molding clips let go. Painr bubbling over winshield. Plugs and wires replaced before they should have been. Cup holder both front and back pice of junk.Gas tank neck clogged and now it burps out gas if you try to fill normally.Rear coil spring on passenger side repalced twice.Engine light stays on regardless.Heater motor and switches replaced.Rear sparetire bracket replaced. More o So much fun right...




Good car

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Vehicle: 2001 Kia Sportage EX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Out of all the horror stories of previous reviews. I must be a lucky one. My Kia has 88,000 miles. It runs great. No interior accessories broken. Everything electrical works. 4WD work. Heater works great. A/C works great. Everything works great. The only thing I am disappointed of is Gas Mileage. (Whoever heard of a 2.0L 4cyl getting 17mpg city?)




What a pile...

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Vehicle: 2001 Kia Sportage EX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

This is a pile of junk. I have had to fix ignition coils, replace sparks plugs(x4), air conditioning doesn't work, heat only works on the highest or lowest setting, thermostat (x2), timing belt, other belts, battery, starter, alternator, catalyc converter, entire exhaust, transmission, and the fan clutch. The 4WD doesn't work, and I haven't been able to find a mechanic that will touch it. I have had 3 out of the 4 doors break so that they either won't open from inside or out, and the windows on all 4 doors have needed to be fixed at one time or another because they wouldn't open or shut. 2 of the seatbelts are broken and cant be used. Cupholders, paint, ALL JUNK! DO NOT BUY THIS CAR!



Full 2001 Kia Sportage Review

What's New for 2001

Kia's Long Haul warranty, introduced late in model-year 2000, provides powertrain coverage for 10 years or 100,000 miles, while a new Limited trim level includes lots of standard goodies over the already well-equipped Base and EX versions.

Talk About The 2001 Sportage

Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
/
  • 20
  • highway
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