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Re: Leaving the sportage scene, Set of tires for sale! [Re: BAZ] #867702 02/20/08 06:29 PM
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LeadBelly Offline
Getting the Wheeling Fever
Quote
I guess I'd just like to be enlightened as to why You own a Kia instead of the competition.


I spent 8 years (in the 80's) as the parts manager for a Toyota dealership. I am well aware of their legendary reliability etc. but the only Toyota 4x4s I could afford had a bazillion miles on them and were rusting away. In the late '90's we took a two week vacation to Seattle and by chance rented a Sportage (2wd). I fell in love with it. Good mileage, roomy and comfortable (I'm very long waisted and can't sit upright in most small cars), and had great visibilty for zipping around in heavy traffic. Four or five years later I landed a good paying job with a 110 mile-per-day commute over winding, hilly roads. As a supervisor, I have to be there regardless of the weather. For the first year I drove my old IH Scout in the winter and a VW in the summer. It soon became apparent that I needed a 4x4 that got decent mileage for year round use. So I starting looking for a Sportage. I found a '96 model (4x4, auto) with a leaky pinion seal that the owner had ignored until the rearend started whining. I bought it and found a parts car on eBay...With stock tires I averaged 24mpg with several tanks as high as 26. After I went to 235's my average fell to 22 (still better than the combined average of my Scout and my VW-with only one vehicle to maintain and license).

I used it to pull a small camper trailer all over the western US and averaged 19 mpg. It was the cheapest, best vacation I've had in my life!

We loved it so much that when my wife's van outlived its usefulness, we bought her a '99 Sportage (4x4 5spd) for her daily driver.

Then last December, a coworker had a '98 2wd that had some mechanical issues due to an improperly installed timing belt. I worked out a trade and will soon have three Sportages on the road.(My kids will be using the 2wd)

The bottom line is, now that I can afford a Toyota, new or otherwise, I won't buy one when I can own three Sportages for the price of one used RAV4 (which is what you should be comparing to the Sportage-not a Taco) with no ground clearance, flex or low range. (Plus there are other advantages to owning a fleet of similar vehicles.)

BTW, while touting the 1st gen. Sportage, it should be noted that a Sportage won the SCORE class 3 championship four times in four attempts. In 1993 a Sportage won the Paris-Dakar rally and the same vehicle went on to win the 1995 baja 1000 -the only vehicle to ever win both of those races. And, back when the 1st gen. Sportage was still on the market, only one other IFS vehicle tested in this article had a better RTI. There are other accomplishments, but these really stand out in my mind.

my $.02

Leadbelly

Last edited by LeadBelly; 02/20/08 06:33 PM.

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Re: Leaving the sportage scene, Set of tires for sale! [Re: jaybur] #867703 02/20/08 11:52 PM
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Cen_Tex_KIA Offline
Mudrunner
Dude,
The Sporty is kinda like a social disease........you can rub a little Jeep on it to stop the itching, but it always comes back! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />
I'm looking for one for my kid as we speak......And, just because you don't have one dosnt mean you cant play in this sandbox.....everyone still enjoys what youve learned. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />
Good luck cookin rice. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />


2000 KIA Sportage 4x4, Sadly Smushed! Now a 2001 Cheep Jerokee. 3" Rough Country Lift, 255/70/16 General AT2's
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Re: Leaving the sportage scene, Set of tires for sale! [Re: jaybur] #867704 03/04/08 04:32 AM
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jaybur Offline OP
Mudrunner
well ended up with a 1990 honda accord 5 speed 4 door, 160,000 miles. timing belt and new tires 17,000 ago. 1 owner car!

last time I checked the f150 wheels won't fit the accord, so if anyone is interested, PM me!!

ALSO have a brand new OEM Heater core up for grabs ($110 SHIPPED in the usa), I was going to replace mine and then the oil thing happened.

This is right off the Kia dealer (discount) parts list:

8 0K011 61A10A HTR CORE ASSY 1 - $176.20

<img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />

Last edited by jaybur; 03/04/08 05:31 AM.

Sportage sold.........
1999 4runner 4x4 , Tundra brake rotors and calipers (well worth it!) -wifes
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE [Re: jaybur] #867705 03/10/08 03:56 AM
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jaybur Offline OP
Mudrunner
Just to UPDATE the wheels and tires are SOLD

so the ONLY thingsI have left for sale is the 3" lift

(2 inch spacer lift up front, and rear TJ coils, with F150 shocks) LIFT KIT $200 SHIPPED

AND a KIA OEM heater core, brand new. $110 SHIPPED

PM me if you are interested.


Sportage sold.........
1999 4runner 4x4 , Tundra brake rotors and calipers (well worth it!) -wifes
Re: UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE [Re: jaybur] #867706 03/10/08 04:01 AM
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Iron Offline
Rock Warrior
If you still have the heater core when I get out of school the first of May I'd be intrested!


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Re: UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE [Re: Iron] #867707 03/10/08 06:07 AM
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Posts: 394
jaybur Offline OP
Mudrunner
hoping to sell it before then, BUT if not its yours! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/patriot.gif" alt="" />


Sportage sold.........
1999 4runner 4x4 , Tundra brake rotors and calipers (well worth it!) -wifes
Re: UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE [Re: jaybur] #867708 03/10/08 05:38 PM
Joined: Nov 2007
Posts: 394
jaybur Offline OP
Mudrunner
the 3" lift kit is SOLD

now all I have left is the heater core. I will have pictures of it up tomorrow afternoon, it is at the wifes parents house and I won't be heading up there until tomorrow.


Sportage sold.........
1999 4runner 4x4 , Tundra brake rotors and calipers (well worth it!) -wifes
Re: Leaving the sportage scene, Set of tires for sale! [Re: jaybur] #867709 04/09/08 07:58 PM
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T
tewman2 Offline
Need a Spot
Do you still have the tires, and how much lift do I need to make them fit?


2000 Kia Sportage 4x4
Re: Leaving the sportage scene, Set of tires for sale! [Re: tewman2] #867710 04/10/08 02:18 AM
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wyodriver4 Offline
Getting the Wheeling Fever
read the post above yours


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