1997 Kia Sportage Consumer Review: Don't Buy This Car

1997 Kia Sportage - Consumer Review

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

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Don't Buy This Car
By ElaineB on


1997 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV 4WD


I have had so many poblems with this
car. I bought it new in 97. At 800
miles the catalstic converter blew up
causing the underside to catch fire,
and all wiring had to be replaced. At
12,000. their was a horrible exhaust
leak which after 4 trips to the dealer
for repair ended my family in the
hospital with a 24% oxygen rate in the
blood. Kia would not stand behind
their product even when contacted by
my attorny. The belts always squeek
and their has been a bad engine lifter
since day one. Locks, and windows
have never worked correctly since day
one. I have givin up and have never
been able to get kia to fix the

Best Features

Cute design

Worst Features

The entire car
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