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#207 of 704 2005 Sportage or 2006??
Apr 21, 2005 (6:08 pm)
Just read the largely favorable Car and Driver review online (http://www.caranddriver.com/article.asp?section_id=3&article_id=9396) noting that their only complaints were the seating (soft and tiring) and engine (underpowered). I have also read that Kia is already preparing a new engine for 2006. My own test drives confirm the observations in the article. That having been said, I wonder if I should delay purchase of a 2005 model and wait until next year's version, not knowing if the new engine?? will be available in time for the 2006 version. Absolutely LOVE this baby and am waiting to sell my current vehicle before purchase of the new Sportage, but I am intrigued by the prospect of a more powerful engine and hopefully, other refinements that I would suggest to Kia. The vehicle should have a telescoping steering wheel to get drivers of all sizes to find the "sweet spot" for their driving position and hopefully, a set of oversize outside mirrors to improve visibility. What say you about my observations , suggestions, and 2005 vs. 2006 quandry?? By the way, what have you heard about the 2006 model introduction date? Will it be late 2005 or later in 2006? Thanks for your thoughts!!
#208 of 704 Re: Changing out the Radio '05 LX sportage [archangyl]
Apr 22, 2005 (5:21 pm)
My V6 EX model ( canadian) has the MP3 I don't know if yours are not with MP3. Did you check your dealer? don't install outside of dealer, it can cost you big money because you'll lose your warantie! becare ful!
#209 of 704 Re: 2005 Sportage or 2006?? [petec1]
Apr 23, 2005 (4:46 am)
I don't understand auto "critics". My wife has a new Sportage (EX 4WD, V-6). I see nothing underpowered about this vehicle. Where are these people conducting their tests, Indy? I remarked last night that the Sportage quickly accelerates and gets way beyond the speed limit if you don't pay attention. I am here to say that even with four adults on board, this thing moves out.
The Sportage is also has a very quiet interior. The seats take some adjusting to find the correct position but the driver's adjusts 8 ways so there just has to be a comfortable place for you.
Kia will make some tweaks over the next few years but the Sportage is going to be a huge winner if:
1. It is durable
2. When crash tested by IIHS it has high scores
3. Consumer Reports scores it high.
#210 of 704 Sportage vs '06 Forester?
Apr 23, 2005 (6:44 am)
How does the Sportage go up against the 2006 Forester (new model)? They are about the same price, w/equivalent features.
I acutally like the Forester because it gets better gas milage and is not as big as a standard SUV.
#211 of 704 Re: Sportage vs '06 Forester? [ericf1]
Apr 23, 2005 (8:25 pm)
For one thing, the Sportage has a lot more rear-seat room and cargo space. Also, I don't think ESC and side curtains are standard on the Forester--or even available? The Forester has the benefit of Subaru's long experience with AWD and a very good reliability history--the Sportage is unproven there.
#212 of 704 Re: Sportage vs '06 Forester? [backy]
Apr 24, 2005 (5:03 am)
Our son and daughter-in-law had a new 1999 Forrester that was an absolute lemon. It soured all of us on Subaru. I realize that lemons can happen in any brand name but in this family the Japanese cars have had more problems than any others.
The Sportage is fine through almost 500 miles. When it has 10,000 the report card might change.
#213 of 704 Canadian Recall
Apr 24, 2005 (7:05 am)
Well, I've been on the phone and e-mailed Kia Canada again about the recall. To their credit, they do get back to me within 24-48 hours, so I'm not left wondering if they'll respond or not.
Trouble is, they keep saying the same thing:
"We cannot confirm if a recall will be applied to your vehicle until a recall has been officially released within Canada. Recalls are vehicle specific. If a recall is released on your 2005 Kia Sportage, you will receive written notification via mail."
So I told the person that Transport Canada told me the Consumer Affairs department in any car manufacturer is always the last to hear, so no wonder she hasn't heard anything. Earlier this month I had to direct her to the US recall information on the NHTSA site, and forwarded her an e-mail from Transport Canada indicating that Kia Canada had been in touch with THEM, saying that yes, there was a Canadian recall.
She just said she had not received any information on that.
Yeah, no kidding.
Why do they have to wait until something serious happens? I don't understand why it takes so long to get the info out there, when the fix is the same fix provided to the already-public recalls in Germany, England and the States? As far as I understand it, they simply take 90 minutes and download the software. Not rocket science.
I still don't know if all the reprogramming they did on my Sportage in Feb (see earlier posts) was for this problem or not. They then just replaced the computer. Am I driving a time bomb here?
I got rid of my '95 Voyager because it was starting to become unreliable with repairs. Now I'm back in the same boat?
Whew! Venting done!
#214 of 704 Re: Sportage vs '06 Forester? [backy]
Apr 24, 2005 (7:07 am)
The 2006 Forester is completely updated for this year offering 173hp in the base model, and various improvements on the brakes, transmission, etc.
Not sure about the airbags though- it has head and torso side-airbags and scored "GOOD" on the side impact tests. Not bad even without curtains.
Price-wise it will be intersting to see how close the base-model '06 Forester comes to the AWD V6 Sportage. If it came down to it, I'd rather purchase a Subaru over a Kia.
#215 of 704 Outside Temp. Gage
Apr 25, 2005 (12:07 pm)
Does the 05 Sportage have an outside temp. gage somewhere? Included in with the radio functions? Dealer could not find one. Was an EX model with the Luxury Pkg.
#216 of 704 Re: Canadian Recall [janetedit]
May 01, 2005 (10:51 am)
Well, it's finally out in Canada. Recall Number TC2005102
See Transport Canada at http://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/recalls/
"On certain vehicles, while cornering under conditions where Electronic Stability Program (ESP) activation may not be needed, a sensitive ESP may cause the engine to reduce power and the brake at one of the wheels to be applied without brake pedal application by the driver. This may cause the vehicle to slow and may affect the path that the vehicle is traveling. Brake application caused by inadvertent ESP activation may result in a crash. Correction: Dealers will reprogram the ESP Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU)."
So it's been out for at least a month in the rest of the world; why so long for Canada? Hopefully nobody has been hurt. I've fired off an e-mail to Kia Canada to see what they say about my Sportage. Also, my dealership promised to keep me informed. We'll see how long it takes for them to get back to me.
Still floors me that I've known about the Canadian recall for ages, and Kia Canada refused to say anything. We threatened to go to the media if nothing were done by May 15th. Doubt that had anything to do with the timing, but just glad it's out there before someone does get hurt.
Still love my car. Took it to Niagara Falls for a mum's weekend away with my best friend, and it drove like a charm (ESP off of course), and it handled the torrential rain/snow like a dream. Let's hope this is the last problem (fingers crossed).