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Message posted by jsparkes201148 on 16/7/2014 at 4:57pm
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Sorry about the dramatic title. I have previously posted about my 63 Plate Sportage being very low when coupled with the caravan. Hedleys Towbars ,of Durham ,who fitted my Witter swan neck tell me that have had "loads" of Sportages back with the same problem.He said the problem occurs with all makes of towbar that they fit. Hedleys fit Towbars for local Kia Dealerships too.Rang Caravan Club and they said they can't approach Kia with just one complaint and suggested I posted on Caravan Forums.So if you have a similar problem please contact CC, if you are a member.It seems to me that it is a suspension issue,CC club suggested Dunuts in the springs. anyone know about these?

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Message posted by jsparkes201148 on 16/7/2014 at 5:35pm
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Spoke to the Kia Dealership, where I bought the car, and was told that they had had "a couple of Sportages" back with the same problem.They will get back to me tomorrow when they have made further enquiries

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Be interesting to know what they come up with !



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I considered the Sportage but the noseweight limit of just 80kg put me of so bought another new CRV which like the old model has a limit of 100kg

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Sounds like overly soft rear springs on the rear, so any kind of weight on the rear - further out too at the tow hitch (thinking a lever type of action), is going to make the back end 'saggy'.

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Heavy duty springs required or a saloon

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Service manager at Kia dealership has told me that Kia are aware of the problem, but at present are not taking any action. He said that he has fitted do nuts,plastic inserts into the springs for one customer and will ring him tomorrow to ask if he is happy with the results.
A 4X4 the size of a Sportage, which is a popular towcar, should not need alterations to its suspension when only a few months old.
Also Hedleys, the towbar fitters, will now explain to Sportage owners that they may experience a sagging problem,regardless of which towbar is fitted.
Kia Uk will ring me back tomorrow.
I will not be giving up!

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I had the donuts (spring assisters) in the Mondeo's rear springs.

But now with this Shogun, we don't need them, it's plated to tow 3.3ton, but that's at 100%.

Have these modern day 4x4's 'gone soft'?? No pun.....

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The same running gear is used on the Hyundai, same vehicle but different body panels, do owners have the same problem

Message posted by checkley1973 on 18/7/2014 at 7:12pm
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Personally I think there are 4x4's and now there are also 4x4's.

The latter are generally cheaper and not built in the same way. Land Rover Disco, bmw x5 etc. Vs Hyundai / Kia which are more of a SUV ?

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I agree, but it should still tow a caravan without sagging.
I will fit the donuts, I rang Graystons who distribute them and the chap told me that they sell hundreds to people with caravans. He said they sell them for all sorts of vehicles because car makers design the suspension for comfort rather than towing.

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that is true, we towed our 6 birth van with an Audi A4 for over a year with no issues with stability or tail sag.

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Size do you need?

I got the ones off our Mondeo sitting in the garage doing nowt....

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Thanks, I will measure the gap in the springs tomorrow and let you know.

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GCMS2012, thanks for the offer,just bought a pair from local Motor Factors for 15.

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We tow with a Hyundai Santa Fe, (2011) found the rear really sags with the caravan, jockey wheel clearance always a problem when hitching. We have now fitted MAD springs, totally different ride and caravan and car now level with plenty of room for the jockey wheel to be raised when hitching up the van. . As other posters have stated the rear springs on the Santa Fe are soft and when fully loaded with luggage, children and the van, the rear wheels do move well up into the arches.

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