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Kia Sportage 2005 and newer



  • If they're the BF Goodrich's we had on our 2005 Sportage, they are defective. BF Goodrich won't admit it. After a long yelling session with their customer service we took them to an independent tire dealer who said the rubber was cracked, warped, and defective. He said of his over 30 years of tire work he has never seen such low quality rubber. We replaced with them some Coopers, which aren't all that much better right now, but anything is better than the BF's, we will never buy that brand again. I recommend going with Goodyear, Firestone/ Bridgestone or Japanese--Toyo's are really good and so are Yokohamas.
  • teb123456teb123456 Posts: 1
    You might have a mechanic check the idle speed control sensor. when this sensor goes bad the idle goes up and down similar to your problem :)
  • tdentontdenton Posts: 1
    I'm having the same problem with the cruise control on my 2005 Kia Sportage. The first time it happened, one of the brake lights also went out. When I replaced that brake light, it started working properly again. But now it's doing it again. I'll turn the cruise control on, the "Cruise" light will turn on, but when I hit the "Set" button, the "Set" light will flash on but won't set. Or sometimes it will set, but then the cruise control will just turn off a few minutes later!! Very, very frustrating since my commute is 40 miles each way. Please let me know if someone finds a solution to this problem. :(
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Update: the Sportage is now Recommended by CR and its predicted reliability is "above average".

    Only about a dozen posts here in the past year. Doesn't anyone buy or own Sportages any more?? I am looking for a vehicle to replace our aging minivan, and my wife just loves the Sportage--thinks it's really "cute". I like it because of its safety gear, roomy interior, and price--there's a good lease deal right now that fits our financial plans. We drove a jade green LX I4 AT yesterday--very comfy and roomy, and enough power although it won't burn any rubber. If we can get a decent price for our van, we will probably pull the trigger on it this month.

    P.S. the other purpose of this post was to move the number off "666"... just not a good number for a car I might be driving soon. ;)
  • jamieannejamieanne Posts: 4
    Maybe there aren't many posts because there aren't many complaints! I have an 05 EX and have had absolutely zero problems, except each brake light burned out once...big deal. The only irritation for me is the gas consumption, (I average about 19 mpg...but mine is an AWD which makes a difference). The car is fun to drive, has an amazing warranty, is very comfortable even on long trips, has lots of room, carries a variety of loads because of the 40/60 back seat split, plus the front seat folds flat for extra long items. It's the best! Notice that the consumer ratings are consistently high - better than the competitors. I also like the safety features, especially since my son just turned 16 and got his license - do you hear the sound of fingernail gnashing? - We go to the mountains to snowboard and the car handles very well. I hope it works out for you as well as it has for us! Oh - I'm glad CR has come around. It seemed that they were basing their opinions on prejudice, not fact. I would recommend going for the stronger V6.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Even if there's no problems, it's OK just to come and talk about your car now and then--as you just did. :)

    I am in penny-pinching mode on this vehicle and frankly the LX has everything we'd want, except remote locking. But I'm not going to buy an EX V6 just to get that. My first minivan was a '91 Caravan, 2.5L I4, 100 hp, pulling a little more weight than the Sportage I4 does with 140 hp. So the I4 will do. Will get a little better fuel economy than the V6 also. My middle son will get his license this fall, and this will be my wife's around-town daily driver, so safety is the main concern.

    One thing we like about the Sportage is all the leg room in back, and the reclining rear seats with center armrest. It should be a pretty nice highway cruiser for the few times we take long trips. It seems you have found that to be the case. How long are the trips you've taken in your Sportage?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,971
    Even though Kia sales are up this year, Sportage sales, like most SUV sales, are down. Down by half from last June in fact.


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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Uh... duh. But they are still ideal vehicles for some of us. The Sportage will actually provide better fuel economy than what we have now, an MPV.

    The drop in Sportage sales is probably why there are big incentives--$2500 rebate plus $500 competitive bonus. And a really good lease deal--0.00065 money factor for 36 months. Remember back a couple of years ago when the discussion here was about the dearth of discounts on the Sportage? Not any more!
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,971
    I was thinking that the drop in Sportage sales is probably why activity was slow in here - fewer new owners yakking about their rides and fewer potential owners wanting to find out stuff from current owners.

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Yeah, and then there's folks like iluv who went over the wall to the Mitsubishi camp. ;)
  • :confuse: hey guys,

    I just bought a Kia 4 cyl LX model ( with in built parrot bluetooth ). I was in a hurry to get a car and I think I did not negotiate well.

    All in all I got the following deal wondering if anyone can confirm my fears or comfort me cause I feel like [non-permissible content removed] on paying more :)

    Now my credit score is good 705 ( not excellent but good). But my credit has been built only in an year (since I have been to US only about 2 yrs now). I have never bought a car in states before...

    Model WHite 2008 sportage LX MRP was about 20000
    Sate California
    Down payment 5500
    Monthly payment for 5 years $235

    Also wondering what is a typical per year depreciation on Kia cars.

    Waiting eagerly for your answers

    :(( archstone
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    That does seem a bit high. You didn't say what the negotiated price or taxes/fees were, but when I was looking at a lease of a Sportage just like yours recently, I was able to get a price of invoice less holdback, or about $18,300, with very little negotiating. You might be able to do better in CA, I don't know. Less the $2500 rebate is $15,800. Less your down payment is $10,300. That amount financed for 5 years for a payment of $235/month comes out to about a 13% interest rate, which seems high. But you also have to include your tax/fees in there, so the rate is not really as high as that.

    Typical depreciation on Kias is... well, not very good. Although I checked on resale values of 2005+ Sportages in my area and they seem to be holding up reasonably well. Depreciation for the first couple of years on ANY new car is pretty steep. So plan on enjoying your Sportage for a few years.
  • Hi Backy

    Thanks for the reply. Maybe I should have shared more details. This was a purchase. I plan to sell the car in 2 years. I was not getting a 2 year lease on Sportage so ended up financing the car.

    As per the papers I thought I was getting a 6% simple interest over a period of 5 years. Am I right?

    I am also hoping to sell the car in 2010 and hoping for a worst case selling price of 11k. And you are per craigslist the resale value of 05-07 models are holding up pretty well.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    I understood that you were buying the car. I just mentioned that I was looking at a lease.

    What was the amount financed? What was the sales price of the car including destination charge but before any taxes, license, or other fees? The finance contract you signed should have all the details including the interest rate. If it is in fact 6%, then it appears you did not get much of a discount.

    If all you expect to get after two years is 11k and you keep it in good condition and don't drive a lot of miles, I think you have a decent chance to do that, for a private-party sale at least. Unfortunately, in two years an all-new Sportage might be out.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    I was just trying to catch up on my Edmunds reading and found your post above about me! Yeah, I did jump to the Mitsubishi camp, but I am still a fan of Kia. And my wife loved our '01 Kia Sportage 4X4 and did not want the '08 Lancer GTS anywhere near as much as I did. She was the one that really put us in the Sportage instead of a '02 Kia Spectra sedan. That was in the fall of '01.

    I can not say much negative about our '01 Sportage 4X4 experience. Good, solid, small SUV that held together well and pulled decent gas mileage, too. And, it gave us that "sitting up higher" above the road experience many love, too.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • I am experiencing this same issue and am about to purchase a whole new set of tires at a hundred or so a pop. Is there something that the dealer is doing in response to this issue? Are they offering or do I need to raise hell with the local Kia dealer to get this rectified at a much lower cost? I don't mind paying 200 for a replacement fee. It's darn sight better than 400 to 500 for it. Any ideas? And I LOVE my 2006 Sportage.
  • I don't know if anyone else has gotten this issue resolved, but here's the scoop. I had the EXACT same symptoms on my 2006 Sportage V6 LX. Nobody, even the Albuquerque dealer where I purchased the car, could identify what the heck was happening. One time the dealer's mechanic even said that it was my gas cap leaking. LOL! I remember the first time I had that power drop and loud "CLUNK"... I thought I was going to cry because I thougth I'd bought a lemon. As I was relocating from Albuquerque to Dayton, Ohio the symptom reared its ugly head on the highway in between Amarillo, TX and Oklahoma City, OK. It was a saving grace in Elk City, OK that the AutoZone was still open and the clerk on duty put her analyzer on my poor baby. The code? THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR.... This little sucker was intermittently failing and finally pooped out on the road. I limped to OKC using almost a full tank of gas because of the raggedy driving. They replaced the TPS and there hasn't been a surge or drop ever since. I urge you to have your Kia Dealer/Mechanic look at this tricky little sensor. Good luck to all.
  • Hi- I bought a 2006 Sportage EX fully loaded and love it. I'm getting ready to take my first trip tomorrow. I will tell you that I drive 37 mi a day round trip to work and I work 6 days a week, and I only fill up one time per week. I'm looking forward to finding out how much my highway trip will cost me. I dont travel on a highway going to work each week, and not only does my Sportage take me to work 6 days a week but also all those little extras, grocery shopping, etc. I use my air conditioning always, and I dont drive like a drip. Granted, I dont drag race to be the first in line to beat all the other drivers. However, I am so elated to own such a fine vehicle that not only gives me great gas mileage, but, is fun to drive and gives me everything I ever wanted in a SUV. I bought my Sportage last year, brand new, July 1st 2007. This is the best deal I've ever made on a brand new vehicle. I would never consider looking into another vehicle. I would hope you're not so dissatisfied with your purchase, because my SUV has been nothing but thumbs up!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Thanks for the insights. I had to put the Sportage on hold because I couldn't get the price I needed for our minivan. Also I noticed the lease deal on the Sportage is not as good now as it was in July. So I'll keep an eye on incentives as we get closer to the end of the year--hopefully they'll increase. I don't mind getting a 2008 on closeout since I hear there's very few changes on the 2009s.
  • I'm the proud owner of a 2006 EX with about 35,000 trouble free miles. I just completed a trip from Naples Fl to KC Mo towing a fully loaded 8' U-Haul trailer. Trip was uneventful, gas mileage was about 19 mpg at a cruise between 70-75 mph. I love my little, cheap SUV.
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