- Kia Sportage – any experiences of older ones?
We need a cheap 4×4 that can tow a trailer with a pony in (so not massive weight). I keep coming accross Kia Sportages, and you can get very nice looking ones for about 4k. And their towing capacity (diesel) seems good.
Just wondered if anyone had any experience of running one and likely expenses.
Failing this there are loads of Freelanders for this sort of money – but reliability scares put me of somewhat.
It can’t be a massive 4×4 as we have to park on the street (although a Disco is only 300mm longer than my current CMax).Posted 1 year agostumpy01Member
Bloke I liftshare with has got a 2004 Kia Sorrento, which I think is the next size up.
It’s a bit of a barge and a bit agricultural, but seems to do him fine and I’m not aware of any reliability issues in the couple of years he’s had it.
MPG is a bit less than he was expecting – mid 30s I think. It’s a diesel, but dunno the spec.
Feels like one of those cars that is rough around the edges but will just keep soldiering on.Posted 1 year agosofaboy73Member
Had a 2012 (1.6 iirc) diesel for a couple of years. Nice enough card to drive about in and do motorway miles, if not a little under powered Was typically getting just under 40 mpg. Bit plasticity inside but solid enough. Handling wasn’t great and had a tendency to wallow when cornering. Lots of space and practical. Blue tooth and hands free we’re near unusable. Wouldn’t have that iteration again. Having said that my mum has one of the new ones and loves it. Not driven it, but as a passenger the ride feels better and the interior has been upgradedPosted 1 year agoStonerMember
My neighbour has been driving a ’55 for at least the 9 years Ive known him and he has a small holding: stock and feed trailers etc.
He rarely complains about it. Perhaps one electrical fault in that time. It keeps on going and doesnt look completely knackered either.
I cant really recommend a freelander – used to have one. The four-wheel drive system is awful. It uses a viscous coupling unit which only delivers drive to the rear axle after the silicone matrix has heated up enough to bind the drive input (Front axle linked) and rear output (i.e. after sufficient differential speeds/time between the two axles) which is usually far too late to be of use. Then over time the matrix degrades and permanently binds the two axles with no differential so you get rear axle drag and tramping on road which knackers the shaft mount bearings on the rear output shafts.
However, fitting good AT tyres and removing the coupling unit (which I did for the last few years I had it) actually turns it into an excellent two wheel drive “off roader”, but that still falls short of a proper 4×4. I cant say I know what kind of diff/4×4 system the Sportage users though.
EDIT: Sportage appears to have locking hubs which I think is probably a better solution as long as they dont seize.
“WARN vacuum-operated front wheel hubs, similar to Ford Explorer and Ranger. Rear corporate solid axle with a clutch-type limited slip differential.”Posted 12 months ago
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