I had learnt thatthere were no workshop manuals for the mk 1 Sportage (in USA anyway)and have now managed to track down a small stock of em on CD. They are for left hand vehicles but you just need to remember that some things are the other way round! So if you are in need ofinfo for the 1995 to 2002/3 models then I can let you have one for just a £5 and that includes postage (UK) - outside UK let me knowand I will find out postage for you. Prefer payment through paypal which accommodates credit cards etc too and does automatic currency exchange, where necessary)
My Sportage is in dock just now having a petrol smell investigated - looking down through the hatch under rear seat, I think I can see it coming from one of the pipes - access is going to be a pig and do not want to touch tank if I can help it but it may have to come out.
For anyone else with a problem leak of water in the rear (estate) try the door seal as after ages trying to figure it out, I found water was running off the roof and getting under the seal due to a slight gutter that was made through the bad joining of the body panels - having filled it with mastic and sealed the entire rubber seal, no more wet carpets!
I also had an intermittent door window glass - turned out to be a strained connector in the hinge area which was moving when opening door.
When petrol leak is sorted I hope to have a finished vehicle and can get down to some serious enjoyment on and off road - for how long I don't know!