I am looking at buying a 97 sportage and wanted to do a little research before I laid out my cash. A friend has one amd he loves it and it would be nice to have a nice little 4x4 for winter and playing.
Check the frame and cross members for integrity. Check the performance Hot/Cold/climbing a hill... Read the OBDII codes (even if there isn't a check engine light on)...What's the mileage..Any history of repairs?
Remember you are buying a 16 year old car in a rust zone...