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#394 of 704 Re: ESP light comes on [nckia]
Aug 14, 2005 (11:21 am)
I have had exactly the same problem and the dealer could not find the fault.
Eventually claimed that this was a result of fitting a tow bar
In addition whilst journeying home today my 2005 Kia Sportage suddenly veered violently to the left as a result of the brakes locking on the left hand side of the vehicle without any application of the brakes by me, the driver. Power became erratic, and I was fortunate not to have a serious accident.
If I had been travelling at 120 kph which had been my average speed until then, my wife and I would almost certainly have been seriously injured if not killed.
Has anyone else had this experience?
#395 of 704 Re: Sportage update [jazzy88]
Aug 15, 2005 (1:42 pm)
I'm thinking of purchasing a new Sportage. What are your impressions after one month of driving and are you having any problem with the ignition key like I have heard in a few of the Sportage posts?
#396 of 704 Re: KIA sportage disappointing [dotjt]
Aug 15, 2005 (1:51 pm)
Did KIA eventually fix your car?
#397 of 704 Re: review of edmunds review [daddye]
Aug 15, 2005 (2:00 pm)
I'm thinking of buying a new Sportage. How is your vehicle working at the present time?
#398 of 704 Re: review of edmunds review [marleybarr]
Aug 16, 2005 (4:34 pm)
My wife's Sportage has 5,200 + miles since April. The car has been recalled twice and possibly a third time. There was a worn spot on the carpet we did not see at delivery. All of the above was handled quickly, correctly and courteously by the Kia dealer. Overall the Sportage is delivering about 19.5 mpg in mixed driving. The a/c is killer cold, the coldest of any car we have owned in 40 years. Would we buy another Kia product? Yes.
Aug 16, 2005 (6:40 pm)
what's more, the only SUV that looks anywhere nearly as nice as the 2005 Kia Sportage SUV is the earlier Kia Sportage model. I have a 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4 and love it...it is performing flawlessly and Kia body designers are the best in the business. Enjoy your '05 Sportage and keep us abreast of any updates and performance highlights, OK?
#400 of 704 crash test when
Aug 17, 2005 (11:35 am)
Everything of Kia Sportage 05 06 looks great to me except one:
It doesn't have any crash test result.
Anybody knows when it'll be tested?
Safety features of KIA Spectra look great but when it's tested, it got a disproportional result.
Aug 17, 2005 (1:30 pm)
indeed, the Kia Spectra had a bad frontal crash test result. Evidently they have made some changes to the Spectra to fix this problem. Something about the air bag/crumple zone combo not holding off enough force at just the right time.
I have good confidence in buying a Kia Spectra or especially a Kia Sportage right now new. They would be very safe vehicles to drive, providing you bring your brain along with you for the drive, from the start, that is. Leave your cell phones at home, also.
#402 of 704 Residue/seepage on front bumper of '05 Sportage
Aug 17, 2005 (4:00 pm)
I have an '05 Sportage EX with 1200 miles. So far everything is fine but recently after I drive it, there is a yellow residue or leakage that seems to be seeping out from under the driver side hood. Haven't been able to locate the source. I'm going to call Kia service tomorrow about this, but I was wondering if anyone else is having this kind of problem.
#403 of 704 Re: Residue/seepage on front bumper of '05 Sportage [mikem10]
Aug 17, 2005 (7:24 pm)
Yes, I've had that issue. I believe it's grease or some other kind of lubricant. The tech told me that its sprayed inside the hood assembly to prevent interior rusting (from the inside out). But when too much of it is applied, it will leak out (especially in hot weather) on to the grill or headlights. I recently took my 05 in to check on the 3 recalls, (mine has a March 05 build date, and did not need any of the recalls done). They also installed 2 "snot plugs" as they lovingly called them, to keep the grease from oozing out. There are 2 small holes on the underside of the hood that they plug with rubber stoppers.
BTW, I'm averaging between 19-21 mpg in a 70/30 hwy/city ratio. Have 4,300 miles on mine. I'm still holding out hope that the mileage improves slightly in time.