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    Kia sportage-anyone have one?

    I was looking at a 99 sportage on craigslist for my daughter. Does anyone have one? Know anything about them?



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    Re: Kia sportage-anyone have one?

    Here is an Edmunds review of the 1996. Note the consumer reviews in the upper right corner. I'd read those.

    http://www.edmunds.com/apps/vdpconta...8/pageNumber=1


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    Re: Kia sportage-anyone have one?

    Not to offend, but I refuse to even look for a car that stands for Killed In Action.... think about it.....



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    Re: Kia sportage-anyone have one?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUKyro View Post
    Not to offend, but I refuse to even look for a car that stands for Killed In Action.... think about it.....
    good one ... now do a Ford joke ...



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    Re: Kia sportage-anyone have one?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUKyro View Post
    Not to offend, but I refuse to even look for a car that stands for Killed In Action.... think about it.....
    Never saw that coming. I have a good friend that bought a brand new Kia Optama(AP) and he just raves about how nice it is. Of course it is only 6 months old.



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    Re: Kia sportage-anyone have one?

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    good one ... now do a Ford joke ...
    But I own a Ford - why would I joke about them?



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    Re: Kia sportage-anyone have one?

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post




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    Re: Kia sportage-anyone have one?

    I would really stay away for KIA. The older ones have nothing but problems. IIRC, their crash test scores are very low. I wouldn't drive one myself, let alone put a loved one in one, IMO.



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    Re: Kia sportage-anyone have one?

    Kia is one of the most unreliable brands made but if you can get it cheap enough and if it has low miles, it may be worth it.



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    Re: Kia sportage-anyone have one?

    A friend of ours had a 2001 and it was horrible. She had major problems with it and it felt like it was going to fall a part all the time. I've heard the newer ones are better, but I've never driven them.

    I had an older Saturn as a kid. It ran forever and wasn't horrible priced.


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    Re: Kia sportage-anyone have one?

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    good one ... now do a Ford joke ...
    F'd over Repaired Dodge
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    -or- if you like your Ford

    First On Race Day.



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    Re: Kia sportage-anyone have one?

    The newer Kia Sportages actually have some of the best reliability and safety ratings for their class.


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    Re: Kia sportage-anyone have one?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    The newer Kia Sportages actually have some of the best reliability and safety ratings for their class.
    But the 1999 probably doesn't. This wasn't a good time for the Korean automakers.



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    Re: Kia sportage-anyone have one?

    Ok, car salesman here and don't look for any apologies for that fact. Sir, you are asking about an 11 year old Kia with how many miles on it? Take if for a drive on a rough road with plenty of turns, spend some time going over the vehicles service records, check it out on CarFax, and take it to a qualified technicial for a comprehensive inspection. And, if it is a $2,000 vehicle all the above might not be worth the bother. The best advice I give you is to go out and buy the Consumer Report's automobile edition and use it when car shopping for yourself and your children.



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