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Kia Sportage, SUV
Apr 27, 2008 (2:09 pm)
I'm considering purchasing a 2002 Sportage 4x4 Converible w/5 speed manual as a second car. It looks good..60K miles, for $4000. The price scares me because it is so low, haha.
Any thoughts? Have you guys have good luck with your Sportages? Has it been reliable? What should I expect for gas milage?
Any input is appreciated. My email is chrisa222yahoo.com if anyone wants to write me an email instead of posting here. I'd love to hear any opinions. I have a Hyundai Azera as my main car and understand its the same "parent" company that makes Kia. My Azera has been great to me.
#21 of 67 Re: 2002 Sportage [chrisa222]
Apr 27, 2008 (11:14 pm)
write me an email instead of posting here.
That would deprive our other members of valuable information.
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#22 of 67 Re: 2002 Sportage [chrisa222]
Apr 28, 2008 (1:47 am)
There is no neutral opinion about this Sportage: one loves it, the other hates it. Front vacuum hubs were a problem at least until 2000..I read new seals were used in 2001-2002 that made them more reliable..but hubs are easily replaced with other type, and anyway, it does not stop you from driving 2WD ...and the price you have allows for 200-300$ if a swap proves necessary.
Car..well..it is more a truck, with a sturdy frame...develops oddities with fuel suppply and spark....and generates codes quite easily...so if the CHeck ENgine Light is not ON, that is a good start....
Fuel economy is not up to what most expect. My 3800 Pontiac Transport has a better mileage. Engine is sluggish below 4000rpm, but a 5speed shifter will help a lot on that compared to an automatic.
..And Hyundai took over only with the new model. THis one was a real KIA, with a Mazda based engine.
#23 of 67 crankshaft pully
Jul 03, 2008 (5:57 am)
97 sportage, daughter driving it , car shuts off and wont restart, she tows it home, i look at and notice the crankshaft pully actually moved forward and took all the belts off and took out timing belt with it, the car turns over so i know the crank is not broke. any help?
#24 of 67 Re: 1998 kia sportage [tlawson50]
Jul 03, 2008 (6:58 am)
Most vehicles with a timing belt (which is to say most small foriegn vehicles and many small domestic ones) with recieve engine damage if the timing belt beaks. The mechanic that told you that a timing chain would cause damage if it broke is full of bull, because the primary cause of timing chain problems is not breakage but stretching over time causing the engine to be out of time (synch as your mechinic put it although i've never heard it described that way. Although it causes an engine to run roughly and sooner or later not at all, stretched timing chains will not cause the damage that a broken timing belt would and are easily replaced. That being said the best course for a timing belt equipped engine is maintenance and replacing the belt, or having it replaced, at the factory specified intervals even if it doesn't look bad as the cost of the belt replacement pales to the cost of rebuilding an engine or replacing it. If the belt can be inspected it should be on a regular basis. The belt should be replaced if it is craked split or appears very worn most OE's specify this at approx. every 50000 miles no matter what.
#25 of 67 2001 Kia Sportage
Jul 09, 2008 (1:35 pm)
My 2001 sportage is misfiring and running poorly on and off. the check engine light is on and code says random misfire on # 3 and 4. sometimes will run okay, then will surge (suddenly have power again) or sometimes all but die and start to back-fire (engine light starts to blink on and off about then). Have replaced plugs, both coil packs and plug wires. had timing belt changed within last two years, less then 30k miles since. total miles is 114K. problem is worse w/ A/C on and/or under load. Dealer told me today that he can't tell me anything else without a few hundred $ on tests.
Any ideas? You can contact me direct at jon1099hotmail.com
#26 of 67 Re: 2001 Kia Sportage [jon1099]
Jul 11, 2008 (3:36 pm)
ALl symptoms definitely show spark problem.. Very sensitive to humidity...train hair dryer over coils and plug wires. Also, oil intrusion from cam/valve cover gasket is a common problem and can contaminate spark plugs starting with #4...then 3....I would open the valve cover (more annoying than difficult) and check that out....
#27 of 67 Re: 2001 Kia Sportage [lmp4]
Jul 15, 2008 (8:53 am)
I have replaced plus, wires and coils at same time and no better, so not humidity. problem always gets worse under load, uphill or with AC on. Tending to think timing belt off a tooth, but acts more electrical.
Any other ideas.
thanks for the input
#28 of 67 TIMING MARKS
Jul 15, 2008 (9:10 am)
how do you line up timing marks on the 2.0, and how do get the belt around the lower pully
#29 of 67 Re: TIMING MARKS [harley19]
Jul 16, 2008 (6:31 am)
Not done yet on mine...to come soon...but read these instructions... lower cover seems to be still there on photo above, but obviously, it must me taken off since crank balancer needs to be removed as per instructions...when I do mine, I'll take photos...but if you can take pictures, it might also help others....and myself...