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1998 Sportage

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1998 Kia Sportage

$1,203 - $2,387  MSRP Range
1998 Kia Sportage

Review Score

2.0 out of 5 stars

2.0

4 Reviews
25% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
2.2 out of 5 stars Comfort
3 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
2.2 out of 5 stars Interior Design
1.5 out of 5 stars Reliability
1.8 out of 5 stars Performance
2.8 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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1 out of 5 stars

Terrible hunk of junk

by Brian Y from Bronx on Fri Nov 02 2012

This thing is hands down the worst car I have ever had. This kia won't run for me for longer then a few days at a time before something major decides to go out, and even when it does run it sounds terrible. It is cheaply made and lacks craftsmanship, do not buy one of these, they are the worst.

1 out of 5 starsComfort
1 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
1 out of 5 starsInterior Design
1 out of 5 starsReliability
1 out of 5 starsPerformance
1 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car!!

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2 out of 5 stars

Great Car Except...

by Jared from Atlanta, GA on Tue May 13 2008

We bought this car for my wife used with ~100K miles on it. It ran great and started up everytime. It was roomy and had the style that my wife liked. At 105K (6 months after we purchased it) the timing belt mount broke off of the engine block. We took it to a repair shop and they said the only way to repair it was to replace the engine block (a $3K+ repair). Needless to say, we sold it for scrap and bought a different car. It's a great car, but won't go over 100K Miles...

3 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
1 out of 5 starsReliability
1 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does not recommend this car!!

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1 out of 5 stars

WORST CAR EVER

by Lucky me from Clearwater, FL on Mon Nov 17 2014

We purchased a 1998 kia sportage in 2003 as a second car. The main purpose of the vehicle was the 4wd benifit. What intrigued my wife was the terrific gas mileage achieved by a 4wd suv. The sportage was also not costly by any means. We bought it in 2003 while it was 5 years old with only 26,000 miles. The transmission went about one year into ownershi[p. That was an expensive replacement which was performed by Kia. The second year of ownership we had unidentified engine troubles as kia stated it. After multiple repairs including the faulty starter. We finally gave up on the vehcile and sold it for parts in 2006.

1 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
1 out of 5 starsInterior Design
1 out of 5 starsReliability
1 out of 5 starsPerformance
2 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

LOVEMYSPORTAGE

by lovemysportage from antioch, Ca on Wed Jul 05 2006

I am totally in love with my sportage. I think it is soo cute and it drives like a dream and I feel like I'm rich when I'm driving it.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 1998 Kia Sportage

So attractive, so appealing, so stylish, you'd think Chrysler Corp., the industry's reigning design guru, shaped the sheet metal on the Kia Sportage, one of the few affordable, small, sport-utility vehicles on the market.

The lines are clean and crisp, yet bold. The Toyota RAV4 looks plump and the Honda CR-V looks sterile by comparison.

The Sportage offers four-wheel-drive for all-season motoring yet delivers more than 20 m.p.g. so you don't have to spend most of those seasons visiting your local Amoco. Or is it BPmoco?

And with all the goodies except automatic transmission (better sit down for this: automatic is a $1,000 option) and anti-lock brakes ($490), the sticker still is about $1,500... Read More