2002 Kia Sportage 4WD 2dr Convertible SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I bought my Sportage for 350 dollars, so I wasn't expecting perfection.
It has 228k km on the clock, and the manual transmission is noisy, the synchros are worn, so it shifts hard when cold, but still works.
All of the door handles were loose or broken when I got mine, but these problems are easy to fix for a weekend warrior because the door panels are a cinch to remove. The window switches are a common problem, but also very easy to fix.
Basically this is a car you can buy for REAL cheap from someone who doesn't know how to fix small problems. Then you fix them yourself and boom, perfectly good car.
The full-lock 4WD is great, and very very easy to use, there's no special procedure, you just click it in, click it out. For the weight, it gets decent mileage, and is fairly peppy for a 128hp 2.0L engine. Cargo space is decent. The A/C and heat work really nicely. The suspension absorbs big gaps in the road nicely.
The cupholders, door handles, and basically all other plastic in the Sportage is junk. However, the cupholders break in such a way that drink cups from fast food joints still fit just fine. Just not pop cans or bottles. Improve the plastic!
Also include a rear locking differential. An open diff on a RWD car is a joke.
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