The Hero We Need: 1997 Kia Sportage

We all love a good surprise because surprise is a fantastic emotion…that’s why surprise parties are more popular than anxiety parties.  Imagine my surprise when I’d discovered that somebody made a Kia Sportage into something cool…awesome…and just a bit exciting.  ANXIETY…I mean SURPRISE!!  Find this 1997 Kia Sportage 4X4 offered for $4000 in Petaluma, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

Selling my 1997 Kia Sportage

everything works.

Clean title 

Pink slip in hand 

2018 July tags 

Ac/ heat 

Power mirrors 

Power locks 

All glass is good 

Defroster rear window 

154,000mi 4cyl on original motor 

2.0L DOHC 

Manual transmission 5 speed works great. Has 4-Hi and 4-low with upgraded new manual locking hubs

smog tested good 

Has full stock exhaust with new cat 

5″ lift kit 


3 link rear suspension 

5 MT Tires 98% tread life

synthetic motor oil 10-30

Led headlight bulbs

Led Amber light for dust/fog light 

New roof cargo rack with four 7″ Led round lights. 

New Roof Rack 30″x64″

Real working snorkel/ram air intake at highway speeds. 

Drop in K&N air filter. 

Starts right up and runs like a champ. 

No joy rides 

No tire kickers 

$4,000 obo text only please 

No email! 

Will Trade for running CA plated supermoto or truck

See a better way to make a Kia exciting?