1996 Kia Sportage Consumer Review: Be very careful

1996 Kia Sportage - Consumer Review

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EX 4dr SUV (2.0L 4-cyl. 4x4 5-speed Manual)

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Be very careful
By Bill C on


1996 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV 4WD


My largest complaint comes from the
failure of a timing belt. The engines
on these vehicles are referred to as
an "interfearence" motor which means
that if the timing belt breaks, there
is a great chance that the motor will
destruct via valves and pistons hitting
eachother in a furious, mistimed,
catastrophic event. Here is the biggest
kicker- The water pump is driven by the
timing belt which means as in my case,
the water pump failed causing the
timing belt to fail prematurely
ultimately causing a catastrophic
disolving of the internal motor parts.
IMHO, not a good engineering design.

Best Features

Good in accidents, car was struck while stopped at a stop light. A Mitsubishi Eclipse impacted the rear end of the Kia. The Kia had $1,200.00 in damages, the Eclipse ended up with the motor in the passenger seat.

Worst Features

Improve the overall quality, lower road noise, and improve motor performance.
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