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97 Kia--Poor Mechanical Quality
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By Nathan4444
on

Vehicle

1997 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

I bought the truck used because it was
cheap, I have owned it less than 2
years. It has 62k miles on it. I just
brought it in for the transmission to
find out, Transmission is shot, head
gasket is blown, and I need a new
clutch. I also recently replaced the
starter and had 4 wheel drive
repaired. The truck never drove well
to begin with. Very noisy and no power
at all.


Best Features

None


Worst Features

Mechanical quality is extremely lacking. Need to upgrade everything on the vehichle


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WORK CAR
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By CHUCK1000
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Vehicle

1997 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV


Review

SOME WIRE PROBLEMS, FUN TO DRIVE
LOW PRICE


Best Features

5 SPEED, AIR


Worst Features

REAR DOOR


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GOOD LITTLE TRUCK
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By HANKSOLO
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Vehicle

1997 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

IT IS A GOOD CAR IN GENERAL, VERY GOOD
IN THE SNOW, THE WIND NOISE IS JUST
ABOUT AVERAGE, AND WHEN GOING UP HILL
WITH FOUR PEOPLE IN THE CAR DO NOT EVEN
THINK ABOUT PUT THE A/C ON, THE CHECK
ENGINE LIGHT IS ALWAYS ON AND THE BELTS
SQUEEL NOT MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU
CHANGE THEM, BUT REGARLES WE ARE HAPPY
WITH IT...YOU CAN GO WRONG WITH IT


Best Features

EASY TO HANDLE, RELIABLE, AND GREAT FOR THE MONEY


Worst Features

CHECK ENGINE LIGHT, NOISE BELTS, BIGGER ENGINE, WINDOW DEFROST


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Kia Sportage
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By aat
on

Vehicle

1997 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

No major problems! Resetting the radio
was annoying; locating the horn's zone
was annoying; Otherwise, a better than
fair smaller SUV.


Best Features

Gas mileage and reliability. I haven't seen one stranded on the road and it has run well. I had questions initially and the KIA headquarters were GREAT!!


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By John Mahon
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Vehicle

1997 Kia Sportage EX 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

I bought my Kia new. During the first 6
months I had a few problems. The air
bag lights would not go out. I brought
the vehicle for service about 6 or 7
times and finally they fixed it.
Overall the vehicle has been reliable.
I had the front bumper repainted(the
paint flaked off) However, I used the
vehicle for a sales position. I drove
all over New Mexico, Utah, Idaho,
Arizona, Wyoming, and Texas in this
vehicle. The only thing I did was
replace the brakes and change the oil.
The vehicle ran great until 90,000
miles and then I had to replace the
timing belt.


Best Features

Reliability, Compact Style, Smooth Ride


Worst Features

More Power, Rear Door hatch, and Folding rear seats.


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