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Kia Sportage, SUV
Dec 17, 2004 (7:06 pm)
over to Springfield, MO, the town Brad Pitt's from, to get the Sporty's 90,000 mile service over Winter Break sometime. I'll scan their sales lot really well for any new entries. BTW-Kia's Rio for 2006 looks hot! The more I look at the 2005 Sportage the more I like it. I think that compared to my '01 Sport 4x4 it will ride like a car. The old Sportage design is a tad on the crude side. The funny thing about that rig is that at times it rides so smooth I can hardly hear the engine! It's built solid, too, much like a little Jeepster-tank. I'm lookin' at the tC from Scion or this new Kia Sportage for my replacement rig(be that whenever it may be-it could be a long while still before I trade).
#115 of 704 I had my Sportage 4x4 in for it's 90,000 mile
Dec 27, 2004 (9:37 pm)
service today and talked to a salesman aboout the new 2005 Sportage. He said theirs are coming in in February.
The 2005 Kia Sportage will have power sunroof standard on the EX V6 model only. A/C will be optional on the LX I4 2WD manual transmission model(the one I'm interested in)and cruise control will be standard equipment on the LX V6 and EX V6 models. It'll also have some nice safety features such as six airbags and side curtains. The airbags and seatbelts will be built with a sensor system that will work in conjunction with each other. They will gauge the severity of an impact, detect whether you're buckled up and then respond to a collision accordingly. 2005 Sportage's will also have standard anti-lock brakes. Sensors will monitor each wheel, and if one is on the verge of locking, the brakes are pumped. This helps you maintain the ability to steer during hard braking and gives you better control in an emergency. Standard equipment also includes Traction Control System(TCS), which detects and corrects wheel spin for superior traction. The standard Electronic Stability Program(ESP)provides better directional stability to help you maintain control in the event of a severe skid. Four-wheel ABS is also standard as are 4-wheel disc brakes. That is a lot of safety-minded driving equipment standard equipment on this rig. BTW the '05 Sportage will also feature dual front seat-mounted side airbags as well as the advanced dual front airbags. Standard equipment is an AM/FM/CD stereo w/6 speakers. Power windows w/one touch driver's express down, and power door locks w/two-turn entry system are standard equipment. Also, you can now open up an upper glass flip-up tailgate now instead of flipping up the entire rear door. This allows you to load groceries and smaller items without opening up the entire rear door.
The 2005 Sportage also has a rear cargo under-lid compartment for storing small items and keep them from rolling around in the rear cargo area during travel. Roof rails come standard on all Sportage trim levels. The spare tire is no longer stowed on the back of the SUV like the old model. It's now stowed under the cargo floor area.
It looks like I can get 2WD(FWD now, no longer RWD like on the old Sportage)with a 5-speed manual tranny and ask for Electronic-Control On-Demand 4WD as an option if I want. I don't have any idea how much that option will be but that might be nice-air conditioning is also optional on the LX I4 model, so I'd have to add that as an option as well. If A/C is around $1,000(pretty sure it will be)I may not even add the ECOD 4WD option. That remains to be mulled over once I get a firm idea how much each option will cost.
I asked him how much the Sportage will cost and it doesn't sound like that they really know at this time. He mentioned $18,000 as a base price estimate and that's probably pretty close to reality. It looks great in the brochure and two colors top my '05 Sportage favorite color list: Volcanic Red and Smart Blue. Both of those are metallic paint finishes.
#116 of 704 KIA=Tuscon
Jan 16, 2005 (2:02 am)
The new Sportage will be the twin of the Hyundai Tuscon.
#117 of 704 Different styling...
Jan 17, 2005 (11:08 am)
Tucson has a wider D pillar and the Sportage a wider C pillar. Hopefully there will never again be the kind of 1990's Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge duplication that occured with the Optima and Sonata, although the Tucson and Sportage are more alike than the Elantra and Spectra.
#118 of 704 New Kia Sportage Pricing
Feb 01, 2005 (9:09 pm)
Posted on Kia website now
#119 of 704 Any '05's at dealerships yet??
Feb 10, 2005 (1:01 pm)
So, prices are posted. Are the new Sportages 'on the boats' or have one or two cleared port & landed at dealerships?? Just curious ....
'02 4DR Base 4x4
#120 of 704 WELL I BOUGHT ONE
Feb 14, 2005 (6:41 pm)
I HAVE TO CONFESS I DO WORK FOR A KIA DEALER AND HAVE FOR A YEAR NOW. WHEN MY WIFE TO BE, NEEDED A NEW CAR FOR HER NEW JOB THE SPORTAGE WAS THE OBVIOUS CHOICE. THE RIDE IS SO QUIET AND SMOOTH, I FORGOT IT WAS AN SUV. I DID DRIVE A CRV, RAV4, ESCAPE AND LIBERTY AND HAD NO DOUBT THE SPORTAGE IS THE BEST SMALL SUV IN THE MARKET. THE FEATURES ARE GREAT, AND THE STEREO IS NICE TOO. THE SPORTAGE HIT MY STORE ON THURSDAY AND MY HOME ON SATURDAY...
#121 of 704 Problems with ABS/ESP sensors?
Feb 14, 2005 (6:52 pm)
I'm new to this site. Just got my '05 Sportage (Steel Grey) 3 days ago in Toronto, and already the ABS and ESP OFF warning lights come on and off intermittently. Took it to the dealer where they said it was just moisture in the sensors. Blew the moisture out, but the lights came on again on the way home.
Question 1: Anybody else experiencing this?
Question 2: Are my ABS and ESP systems not functioning properly when the sensors come on? Or is it really just "a sensor" problem.
#122 of 704 Problems with ABS/ESP sensors
Feb 15, 2005 (6:06 am)
Called the dealership this morning. They didn't blow the moisture out after all! They turned the ignition, no light came on, they sent me home. No wonder the warning lights still come on. I'm going back down this morning to make sure they blow them out, and put something in to stop the moisture from returning.
Does the word "intermittent" mean nothing to them?
Will keep you all posted.
Other than that...love my Sportage...it's a great little vehicle to drive.
Feb 15, 2005 (7:58 am)
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