2002 Kia Sportage Consumer Review: Do NOT buy if you drive in rai

2002 Kia Sportage - Consumer Review

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

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Do NOT buy if you drive in rain or snow
By Lori on


2002 Kia Sportage 4WD 2dr Convertible SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


It's a 4x4, bt extremely dangerous to drive in rain or snow, doing below speed limit. The backend slides out constantly, regardless of having new tires because of it being a light weight vehicle. When problems arose w/ an oil leak, the dealer blamed express lube. I was given an attitude by the dealer. They were very expensive. When 4x4 wasn't working, th car was in shop for 3 days, returned unfixed and had to drop it back off for 3 mere days! I replaced the fan belts, alternator and starter. Another annoying fact, it would gt stuck in reverse all the time. I would have to roll a little in reverse, then put in drve for it to go forward from a parked position. It was very noisy w/ the soft top. Catalytic converter smelled going uphill, dlr sd normal

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It nds to be built mre sturdy w/ more weight to it and be able to withstand driving in rain and snow w/out sliding out in the back end. Renovate the trans. so it's nt gtting stuck in rvrse cnstntly. Rebuild catalitic cnverter that cnstntly smells whn drving uphill. Pls see above prblms in review box
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