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Crazy little SUV by J in GC on 11/21/2009. Trim: 2001 Kia Sportage 4-Door 4WD, Owned 1 year.
Pros: My average with a few bad parts has been 22 mpg. I can't wait to fix my engine, I'm expecting it to get at least 25. Also the interior space isn't too bad, i am almost 6 ft. and driving it leaves enough room for adults to still fit in back. I even had 2 15" subs in the back. It is very sound proof, can't hear anything outside the car. It is only a 15 gallon tank, so it doesn't cost much to fill up. I haven't used the 4x4 yet, but from what I understand it's got front and rear limited slip differentials so all 4 wheels lock up when in 4wd and thats exactly what I need it to do. It has almost 8 inches of ground clearance, not bad at all.
Cons: I can't find decent aftermarket parts, like lift kits or exhaust. I will need to end up modifying stuff to fit on this. I haven't really had problems other than what was wrong when I bought it. The things wrong now is the O2 sensor is bad (one of the 2), my airbag light is flashing due to the knee airbag, when the remote start was installed they unplugged the airbag and it tripped the sensor to signal a problem. Other than that the oil pan gaskets are leaking and need changed, then the vacuum hoses for the 4wd got disconnected which is why i haven't used it yet.
Overall review: Not many problems, the ones it has are somewhat easy to fix. If it wasn't for a lack of offroad parts this SUV would be much better overall, smoother ride from suspension upgrades, and bigger better tires due to lifting it. I plan on adding dynamat to the entire vehicle to combat some of the road noise. I'm thinking all 4 door, floor and firewall. The time belt needed changed every 60,000 or less so it's a pain but if you can change it, everything will be cool. It has 12v plugs in the rear and front, has 3 cup holders, i have power windows, mirrors, locks, the works and not any problems yet. I have 103,000 miles on this now.
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