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2002 Kia Sportage ??

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Bluedotman, Dec 9, 2012.

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  1. Bluedotman

    Bluedotman Active Member

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    Anyone own one. iam thinking about Buying one. any info Good or Bad. Thanks. Danny
     
  2. GW22

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    Don't.

    A woman I work with bought one new back about then. She got rid of it about five years later, but it's still a running joke around the plant due to all the costly different things that went wrong with it. I haven't seen such an epic POS since the Chevy Vega.

    -Gary
     
  3. rennerize

    rennerize Active Member

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    I had one that was a great little 4x4, I loved it, My daughter took it from me. LOL
    Don
     
  4. chiefjon

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    I don't know about the 2002 specifically,but I had a new 1997. It was a pain. Lots of electrical problems. I had KIA mechanic tell me there electrical systems were bottom of the line. I sold mine at a loss. The newer units seem to get wide acceptance and they get better reviews.

    My daughter bought a Hyuandi (sp) Tucson, last year. Great little car with an exceptional warranty.

    JON
     
  5. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

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    There throw away vehicles, commonly hard to get correct parts for and many issues. never owned one but have worked on more than I cared to.
     
  6. grntitan

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    Can you say Yugo?
     
  7. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    Buy a Hyundai, 100,000 mile warranty and a great car
     
  8. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    One of our shooting buddies has one...its been a decent runner for him but in the snow belt with all the salting of the roads in bad weather his frame is rotted out and hes just waiting for it to cave then will junk it...it has almost 150k trouble free miles...I think the anti rust treament of their metal has gotten a ton better since Hyundai bought them out
     
  9. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    It happened in the late 90's but Hyundai and Kias renaissance sort of happened around 2007-8 where they got serious about producing cars to compete with the Japanese brands quality wise
     
  10. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    2004 models were a do over of the previous Sportage models. I can't say much about the earlier ones, I heard brake problems and rusting of the body on frame construction.

    I just gave my wifes 2000 Kia sedan to the daughter so she could get better mileage on a 30 mile commute. We bought the car new, and had good results with only a few glitches. When the warranty ran out the tranny puked about 5K miles later. That was $1200. the car is still going strong at 145K miles.

    I replaced it with a Corolla and we whal see what ensues.

    HM
     
  11. John Galt

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    Don't know about Kia but read recently that Hyundai now has the second best resale value, Honda is still first. They have come a long way since they and Kia first exported their junk cars to the USA.
     
  12. claydust0069

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    I have a Kia van that I bought new. It is 9 years old, has 225,000+ miles on it and runs great. I have taken good care of it, did the regular maintance and have no plans to part with it any time soon. I have no problem recommending Kia or Hyundai. Switched to them in 1990 and never looked back. Biggest repair on any of the ones I have owned in those 22 years is a water pump.
     
  13. mikelittle

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    Had a 1998 drove it 165,000 miles then gave it to my son and after he abused it for two years he sold it and as far as I know it is still going.
     
  14. Tron

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    Kia powertrains are bullet proof. The older models had problems with wheel bearings and some electrical issues, but the stuff built in the last 10 years can't be touched for the money.
     
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