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Pros: I love the look of it
Cons: You have to slam the back wheel an average of 3 times to get it to stay shut.
Advice: If you plan on an alarm system, they usually come with automatic door openers. Don't spend the extra for that feature up front.I've owned my Sportage for a couple of months now. I really enjoy it and got a good price so I'm pleased overall. There is something that you should know before buying. The 10yr/100,000 bumper to bumper warranty that they offer is misleading. In truth, they only give you a 5yr/50,000 warranty and you have to purchase the other 5yr 50,000 at a steep price($1,200 or more if I remember correctly). That was a shock when we got into the finance department. Our dealer has been very helpful and has taken care of us well. I hope your experience is the same.
Advice: Don't be so gullible to half-truth commercialsMy sister bought this heap last year. Every time a Kia advert comes on the t.v., comparing these bargain-basement vehicles to Hondas, I have to laugh. My sister, and apparently too many others, have to learn the hard way that 'you get what you pay for'. remember Lada? They sold like hotcakes for years because people somehow think a low-quality new car is better than a high-quality used. My sister is considering returning the car as per the new 'Lemon Law'.
Cons: Loss of power on the hills.
Advice: Take a good long drive...............Loved the handleing, seating, ability to see well. Could use a six cylinder but is fine for no steep hills.
Pros: comfortable and sits up higher than a car
Cons: not the roomiest vehicle but plenty for my family
Advice: test drive it make sure you know what it is like before you buy itwe have 8000 miles on ours and been on 2 long trips and it is comfortabloe and smooth riding for having a live rear axle, I wish it got a little better milage but that is about it
Pros: The manuveratability
Cons: can't say much
Advice: Just make sure the dealer does the detailingWe bought the 2001 and we added the hard cover for the rear tire and cruise for $375.00. We have already gone over 13,000 miles and are going again for another 5,000. I change the oil and filters every 3,000 and add an oil enhancer for the 4 cylinder and the mileage is around 26 on the highway
Pros: The price!
Cons: Under Powered....but I can live with it.
Advice: Make sure you drive it....and understand what it is your buying....its not a V8!I just bought my new Kia a week ago. I made the purchase because I wanted a SUV and they were the only people who would fincance me with no money down. Also I did not have a car, only a motorcycle....and its getting cold! Beggers cant be chooses. So with that in mind, I like the car so far. Yes its a little under powered and you have to slam the doors in order to get them to shut. The appereace of the vehicle is that of an egg. Its ugly. But it beats walking and its cheap!