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1998 Kia Sportage 2.0 16v 128hp High Engine Idle (3000 Rpm) And High Fuel C...
checked and replaced: air leakage, fuel pressure,injector, TP sensor, MAF sensor, idle air control valve, EGR and wiring for them. all ok no error code if I disconnect tp sensor or idle air control ...
Why My Sportage 2012 Is Hard To Steer From The First Time I Bought.
my sportage 2012 is really hard to steer from the first day i drive, thought it is normal and it will goes smooth after few drive since it is still new, but till recent day still heavy to steer comp...
Power Window & Back Passenger Power Door Lock Will Not Work Anymore. Inside...
Window behind driver has stopped operating. Power door lock, behind front passenger, has frozen into the locked position and door cannot be unlocked and opened anymore. At different times, a strong ...
How Do You Open The Rearr Liftgate On A 2001 Kia Sportage
I need to open the rear gate in order to get the tire off. I have a flat tire.
My Kia Sportage 2001, Manual Won't Startup After Trying To Ignite
All is working and sounds, lights, klaxon, radio, a/c, power windows open and close, all systems turn on, but car will not crank startup. Manual transmission. It keeps yanking, like yank, yank, yank, ...
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About the Kia Sportage
Kia introduced its first SUV in the U.S. back in 1995. The Sportage was its second car offering here after the Sephia, and in similar fashion, Kia employed a gradual rollout strategy for the compact SUV, starting in the Western states.
For its first generation, from 1995 to 2003, the Sportage was considered a mini SUV and came in either front-wheel or four-wheel drive. The 2WD came with a 2.0-liter, 94-hp I4 engine, while the 4WD upped that horsepower to 130-hp with the same engine. It was meant to be a budget SUV, not particularly built for power or off-road capability. Even today, the 4WD does not include low-range gearing and should not be used on dry pavement.
The original Kia Sportage had few standard features, beyond power locks and windows, but it came well equipped in matters of safety. ABS and traction were always standard, as were airbags. In 1998, the Sportage was the first of any vehicle to include front knee airbags. For these reasons alone, safety and economy, the Sportage was popular with families on a budget, though quality and reliability were issues.
The Sportage took a two-year break after 2003 and reappeared in 2005 with an all-new unibody design. Similar to Hyundai's Tuscon, it was longer and wider than the original Sportage, offering more interior space, and was now rebadged as a crossover SUV. You now had a choice of either an I4 or a more powerful V6 engine, and performance and handling was greatly improved. Standard features were plentiful, even in the base models. Not only did the rear seats fold flat, but the front passenger seat folded as well, to allow more cargo space. As always, safety was of primary importance, and ABS, traction and stability control were standard across the line, as were six airbags.
The new Sportage is much more stylish and a better value than its predecessor, and combined with Kia's famous warranty offers, low price tag, and high safety ratings, is proving to be a much tougher competitor in the compact SUV segment.