Advice on a Kia Sportage

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Advice on a Kia Sportage

Unread post by FenianEel » September 17th, 2010, 8:39 am

Hey folks,

I'm looking at a few 2nd hand Kia Sportage's for my daughter.
I know very little about them, other than what I've checked out on the web.
I'm after some first hand advice from owners, what to look out for, what they like about them, anything helpful.
Probably looking around 2000-2002 year model.

I'm a Landy tragic, with a D2 and series 3, whilst she loves them...she's looking for something smaller.
It'd be a daily driver, with the odd soft bush trip, and beaches, i.e. DI, Moreton, Straddy, Fraser.

Thanks in Advance

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Re: Advice on a Kia Sportage

Unread post by 4runnernomore » September 18th, 2010, 6:33 pm

Gday,

The Sporty is an underrated 4by. It has been out shon by the Suzuki craze and the fact that thit was KOREAN many people did not want to touch it. It is a shame that the aftermarket industry did not take to it readily. Fact is you will buy a Sportage in better condition an half the Km for a similar Suzuki Vitara.

They have a few little electrical gremlins that are easily overcome.

I have a 97 model (little bum) and think it is fantastic. It tows my Spacematic CUB camper surprisingly well. It is fantastic runabout around town and easy to park. It is quite nimble on the freeway with plenty of power to spare. The Longer wheel base is a good option for space. They are robustly built so are actually quite heavy. Fuel economy is around the 10-12l per hundred on average.

I currently have a 98 gold chip fitted, snorkel, nudge bar, Hayman reece hitch, electric brakes, sheepskin seat covers throughout and K&N Filter. I have also remove the annoying dinger that will drive you nuts when you leave the keys in the car, door open lights on.

Aftermarket options are available, you just need to know where to look.

These two websites are your best bet for research and answers. 4x4 wire is your bible and there are some extremely knowledgeable people on there (Axeman is the fault finder guru). OZKIA is excellent to research if a Kia Sportage is for you before buying.

http://www.ozkia.com/

http://www.4x4wire.com/forums/postlist. ... oard=UBB70

In Aus you can source the following
Dual battery tray (Piranha)
Extractors (wildcats through Genie)
Up to 75 mm lift kits through suspension stuff, ultimate suspension 40mm front 50-60mm rear
Cargo barrier
Alloy bull bars ECB and TJM
Skid plates through EDS in QLD
Aftermarket air filters K&N
Performance chips (Power chip in three different settings and they can custom tune)
Snorkel from Outdoor Auto (that’s my KIA in the picture)
Interior overhead console for radios
Aftermarket free wheeling hubs to replace the vacuum ones when they fail (and they will eventually)


OS
you can source body lifts in America
Air operated difflocks from Greece
Auto locker from Brazil.

So as you can see you can get most items to make a Sporty off road credible but they are quite good standard and will surprise you where they will go. The limited slip in them is awesome.

Here is a list of websites that are worthwhile for a Sporty tragic.

http://www.powerchipgroup.com/choices.a ... roup%2Ecom
http://www.4crawler.com/4x4/ForSale/Kia ... Lift.shtml
http://www.upyourkia.com/
https://www.suspensionstuff.com.au/shop ... 080a51191f
http://www.protrack.gr/proionta/kia/54- ... ayout=blog
http://outdoorauto4x4.com/
http://www.cardomain.com/MakeModel/Kia/Sportage
http://www.kaiserlocker.com/en/produtos/

Hope this helps you in your research. As with any car, finding one with good service history is definitely the best way to go.


Cheers Chris

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Re: Advice on a Kia Sportage

Unread post by FenianEel » September 18th, 2010, 7:22 pm

Thanks Chris, wow a lot of info there!

They're a very under rated little vehicle from what I can see.

Well we just bought one.
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2000 model, 190,000kms, 5sp manual, 2.0l 4cyl petrol, new tyres. Rego till December, 12 mth AVN warranty, $5k
Looks remarkably tidy, well serviced, and well maintained. Gearbox and tfr case seem fine, has a decent low range by the feel of it.
Got a few cosmetics and tidyup bits to do before we pick her up next week.

It's not a Land Rover, but it should do her a treat :)

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Re: Advice on a Kia Sportage

Unread post by burnarda » February 7th, 2011, 8:16 pm

Hey guys Im new to the forums and not sure of protocols or etiquette yet so bear with me. I'm in the process of doing up my 99 sportage for long distance/offroad touring and was hoping to find some negative offset rims to widen the wheel track a bit. Any ideas or alternative options?

Thanks
Tony

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Re: Advice on a Kia Sportage

Unread post by cmar » February 12th, 2011, 8:52 pm

They're a very under rated little vehicle from what I can see.

Well we just bought one.
Image
2000 model, 190,000kms, 5sp manual, 2.0l 4cyl petrol, new tyres. Rego till December, 12 mth AVN warranty, $5k
Looks remarkably tidy, well serviced, and well maintained. Gearbox and tfr case seem fine, has a decent low range by the feel of it.
Got a few cosmetics and tidyup bits to do before we pick her up next week.

It's not a Land Rover, but it should do her a treat
Well enjoy, we've had one (98 model) since 2001 and it has been a great little car, very little has gone wrong with it. I had to do the usual stuff ie cam belt every 100,000 filters, oil, belts etc, but apart from that in 10 years and 130,000 km I've replaced, tyres x1 set, batteries x 3 (they seem a bit hard on batteries) spark plug leads @ 200,000 Km, an air con hose, an O2 sensor, a MAF sensor, and two rear shockies (broke the stone shield welds and rattled). Most parts for them are relatively cheap (compared to Toyota , Nissan) and fairly easy to get.
At 230,000 Km now my aircon evaporator now has a leak and needs to be replaced and the tailshaft ujoints grumble a little on backoff but a grease may well fix that.
The engine still starts easily, has no rattles and burns no oil.

Overall when you compare it to say a Japanese car of similar vintage, yes you can see where they saved some money the paint is a bit thin and fairly easily chipped, and the interior plastics look a bit plain, but the basic car is solidly built, on a real chassis, and has a real transfer case, and in my case an Aisin-Warner auto same as used by Toyota.

I was pleased enough with this car to replace my 91 Nisan Pathfinder with a Kia Sorento when the time finaly came for it to go.
Haven't owned a 2WD since 1982.

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Re: Advice on a Kia Sportage

Unread post by 4runnernomore » June 28th, 2011, 10:43 pm

burnarda wrote:Hey guys Im new to the forums and not sure of protocols or etiquette yet so bear with me. I'm in the process of doing up my 99 sportage for long distance/offroad touring and was hoping to find some negative offset rims to widen the wheel track a bit. Any ideas or alternative options?

Thanks
Tony
Hi Tony,

Been off line for a while. Aftermarket rims options look at rims suitable for suzuki sierra, f100 jeep and daihatsu 4wd.

Cheers, Chris

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