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high maintenance by An MSN Autos Consumer on 03/03/2009. Trim: 1999 Kia Sportage 4WD, Owned 5 years.
Pros: When the 4 wheel drive system is working it works very well
Cons: Four wheel drive system is vacume operated. I had have the front knuckle kit replaced four times because the vacume sealed failed after about 6 months. Finally I Had manuale lock -outs installed. Now the system is dependable bu a pain in the neck. Kia would not replace the system on warranty or recall. Trepairs were $500 each time. The transfer case failed and had to be replaced at a cost of $750.
Overall review: Make sure you have this vehicle chacked by a mechanic that is familar with this system before buying it.
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