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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,475 miles

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1998 Kia Sportage accessories - exterior problems

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 032000

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,900 miles


Continual failure of battery, replaced 5 times and replaced alternator but contiues to have battery failure also windows and door lcks go on and off by themselves.

- Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 282002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Recall 99V325000 concerning stalling. Vehicle was experiencing an electrical problem that interfered with performance. Vehicle was recalled and repairs done, but symptoms returned. Manufacturer claimed no responsibility because consumer was not the original owner. Check engine light was on. The vehicle vibrated, smoked and was overheating. The left front tire blew out. Ignition coils cracked and were replaced. Vehicle had a blown head gasket. Front left turn signal clips broke. Oxygen sensor failed. Right front door lock fell off. Vehicle had several parts on recall before the consumer purchased it and the consumer believed those recalled parts were the source of the problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 112000

(reported on)


  • miles
I've owned this car for 2 years and have had many repetitive problems. Car stalls / loses power at various times. Dealer serviced car many times but problem still exists and I almost got killed yesterday when it lost power as I was getting on the parkway. Front passenger door doesn't open from inside. Has been worked on several times. But is now broke again. Alarm doesn't shut off when putting key in lock on drivers side. Also worked on numerous times but now broke again. I'm out of the warranty and stuck with a lemon. Please help.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 081999

(reported on)


  • miles
If door latches are not activated with key, consumer cannot lock or unlock the latches manually. Dealer has been contacted.

- Moores Hill, IN, USA

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