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KIA - Killed In Action - Unsafe Turbo Engineering
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By GJ8
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2013 Kia Sportage SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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After the FCV recall, I lost all the performance I enjoyed and paid for in this car. I went to 2 dealers only to be told it drives fine. Well I and everyone who?s driven this car totally disagree. The ECM reflash - the recall- consisted of updating the software originally supplied by the car maker and changing its Air/Fuel Ratio algorithms. The rule of thumb is 12-14/1 optimum. The new software seems to keep the Turbo's wastegate open too much during wide open throttle causing the Turbo Not "Spool Up" all the way, losing boost, and obviously power loss. So, why did KIA update the software instead of replacing the faulty FCV valve - because it's cheaper than re-engineering the FCV. Or, even more expensive but better yet, why not replace it with a tried and true fuel pressure regulator- Cost for KIA? Instead the easy route was to detune the car so it doesn't reach full boost, saving the FCV. So the car is now "killed in action." But this did lead me to learn about certain safety issues that have me very concerned. The turbo is located near the firewall, on the backside of the engine. If the pressurized part and axial lode of the turbo Fails, and is spinning at an average of 150,000 rpm's, this can act like a grenade under the hood, throwing shrapnel everywhere, possibly causing both driver and passenger injury or death, as the force of the pieces of hot steel and aluminum from the axial lode, plus the inertia of rotating blades at 150 rpms, would penetrate through the firewall.


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By sporty74
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2013 Kia Sportage LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)


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I like the styling inside and out. Seats are comfy on long trips. Getting better gas mileage than advertised. AWD is great. But, suspension is really bad. I have to avoid potholes and minor bumps so I do not cringe at the noise. Can feel every bump through the steering wheel. Interior road noise is very high. The gas engine sounds like a diesel at idle. Not sure if I would buy another one, unless they made major improvements in the new models.


Best Features

Exterior and interior styling. Lots of room for camping equipment and bikes in the back. Good headroom. Good in the corners.


Worst Features

Better suspension. Larger rear window.


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KIA means Killed in Action
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By gj8
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2013 Kia Sportage SX 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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The 2013 was recalled for the FCV. The new software upload killed the performance of my vehicle. My son, who's built turbo's since 1995 says this:This new Software seems to keep the turbo’s waste gate open too much during Wide Open Throttle causing the turbo not to “Spool Up” all the way resulting in boost loss, and obviously power loss. My question is, why update the software, instead of replacing a potentially faulty part that part being the FCV or Fuel Control Valve? Oh yeah, it’s cheaper than re-engineering of the faulty FCV, and replacing it with one that does not have a design flaw, better and even more expensive is, why not replace it with a tried and true fuel pressure regulator.


Best Features

I used to love the way this car drove. But then I learned that the turbo is located near the firewall and placed on the back side of the engine. If the pressurized part & the axial lode of the turbo fails, and is spinning at an average of 150,000, this can act like a Grenade under the hood throwing shrapnel everywhere, possibly causing both driver and passenger injury or death, as the force of pieces of hot steel and aluminum from the axial load, plus the inertia of rotating blades at 150,000 rpm would penetrate through the firewall.


Worst Features

Replace the FCV with one that does not have a design flaw. Or, better and even more costly why not replace it with a tried and true fuel pressure regulator.


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not sure about this car
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By vk2193
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2013 Kia Sportage SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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terrrible mileage i have 2.0 turbo sportage. i only have 600km on it but the fuel consumption is huge, around 13 Liters per 100 km (around 18mpg). It says on the manual that there is a break in period of 5000 km, but i have big doubts that the fuel economy will improve. not sure if i recommend this car to anyone


Worst Features

fuel economy


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I would buy it all over again
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By brookea
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2013 Kia Sportage LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)


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Kia has a great warranty first and foremost. This car is stylish and convenient. For being an SUV it can make pretty sharp turns. It is spacious yet not monstrous. I am averaging about 27-29 highway and 22-23 in the city. I like the convenience of there being AC vents in the middle around the knee area so the back seat stays cool as well. It gets up and goes yet runs very quietly and smooth.


Best Features

I love how spacious the kia sportage is for being a smaller SUV there is still plenty of leg room. I really like the appearance from the outside as well as the inside. From the sporty look on the outside to the cup holders that light up at night.


Worst Features

Stop letting so many haters buy these cars. ;]


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