Hey all, I'm new to the Sportage scene. Nice forum you've got here. I don't even own one yet, but plan to get one real soon - probably buying it on Friday.
The one I'm looking at is a 95 4-door 5 speed with the 2.0 DOHC engine & 144k on the clock. Dirty but decent looking little rig for a 95, with only a couple of minor door dents, some paint scratches, and a small quarter-sized hole in the PS rear seat cushion.
Here's the deal though. The owner says he bought it, drove it a few days, then started out on a trip with it and it just quit on him. He had it towed home, and says when he tries to start it it will crank & almost fire off, but not quite. He says it has spark and fuel (presumably at the rail - though I doubt he's checked the actual pressure). Of course that's just his say so - I haven't verified it myself.
Oil & coolant both look good, so I'm thinking it isn't a head gasket problem. I haven't checked the timing belt or heard it spin over yet (the battery was out of it), but assuming it sounds like it has compression (i.e. timing belt is OK) and the other obvious things are OK (fuel pressure, etc.) what are some of the typical "gotchas" of this particular vehicle that will cause one to die suddenly and not restart? Crank position sensor? Throttle position sensor? Coil packs? What? Is there an easy procedure for pulling trouble codes from this model?
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