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1998 Kia Sportage AC / heater problems

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #14

Apr 182003

Sportage 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Problems with horn, steering wheel and air conditioner on 1998 Kia Sportage. The vehicle dash lights also failed intermittently.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #13

Jul 312001

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The A/C compressor is inoperable, dealer replaced the A/C compressor belt which came off.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #12

Dec 272001

Sportage 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Oxygen sensor has been replaced three times after routine service was performed. Consumer also stated the wipers were not clearing windshield, windows go up slowly, 4-wheel drive was inoperative, vehicle was loosing power steering, dealer replaced the fan belt, air condition was inoperative, wheel bearing were loose, weatherstrip was replaced, the engine boggs down while driving, front brakes were noisy.

- Berkley, MA, USA

problem #11

Jul 312001

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The A/C compressor is inoperable, dealer replaced the A/C compressor belt which came off.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #10

Jun 012001

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
All four windows get stuck, doors lock and unlock by themselves, vehicle is trying to shift into 4X4 while vehicle is in motion, air conditioner works 1 out of 4 times, latch opens on back of vehicle while in motion. Black tarry dust on front tires.

- North Hampton, NH, USA

problem #9

Feb 051999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Blower stopped working (winter- time) - shop fixed bad connection

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #8

Jan 142000

Sportage 4WD

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Blower making loud noises- was replaced this time- was repaired prior on 2/5/99.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #7

Dec 231999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Im not happy that I bought a new car and it averages going into the shop every 6-8 weeks. I cant afford this. Im to arrange my own transportation while my car is in the shop, its been towed 3 times for the engine lite, when work is done they don't call and tell us what was wrong and it can be picked up, last time the car was in the shop they didnt call for over a week to tell me to come get it, I asked to speak with a manager and left several messages and they still havent called. I wil never buy a Kia again or buy from any rizza. I feel like I bought junk, I want my money back, take the car. There is a class action lawsuit in the process at website 100% I hate Kia. Thank youl

- Midlothian, IL, USA

problem #6

Jul 011999

Sportage

  • miles
Puddles of water seeped into front passenger side due to air conditioner. Nlm

- Mount Vern, NY, USA

problem #5

Aug 041999

Sportage

  • miles
A/C drain hose clogged causing leakage. Mjs

- Bushkill, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 091999

(reported on)

Sportage 4WD

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This vehicle has many problems the consumer should be made aware of. No safety defects listed in summary.

- Lakeview, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 231999

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Air conditioner noise, unable to rectify.

- North Wilk, NC, USA

problem #2

Oct 191998

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Water leaking into interior of vehicle from A/C.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 121998

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When consumer is at a stop sign and then accelerates, the vehicle does not move at all like there is no gas in the vehicle while the engine is still running. Dealer and manufacturer were contacted. Vehicle idled low, when first started in the am vehicle had no power and stumbled until it warmed up, dealer stated the iac would not open, check engine light illuminated due to the tps sensor being out of specifications. Tail light lens cracked and the dash light dimmer switch fell in the dash. Vehicle stalled due to ignition coil and spark plugs, vehicle backfired and hesitated, dealer rerouted the wiring harness and repaired the pin connectors. Vehicle overheated due to a crack in the cylinder head. Passenger side front door rattled when closing and the window was down, dealer stated this was normal. Carpet on the passenger side floor would not lie flat. Rear hatch would not pop after being unlocked, there was an internal leak from the seal. On two separate occasions, the A/C leaked on the passenger floorboard, dealer replaced the evaporator.

- Delrey Beach, FL, USA

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