We have a 2005 Sportage EX and have put a little over 5,000 miles since we bought it mid May. Hubby changed the oil but had a heck of a time getting the filter off. He said there is a pan on the bottom that he had to take off to get to the filter. Did he overlook a way to get to it from the top? Thanks for the help. BTW, we love this car. Gets a lot better mileage than our Dodge Dually truck.