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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 292000

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer states that the rear spare tire release cable is broken.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jul 292000

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the rear spare tire release cable is broken.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 221999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Spare tire release was freezen unable to open- shop thawwed it out and lubricated it.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 132000

Sportage 4WD

  • miles

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

Spare tire assembly is rusting - repainted- however it is rusting again on 4/13/01.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 182000

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Spare tire release cable would not work to release tire to get into back of vehicle.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 111999

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While accelerating in reverse vehicle cuts off. Vehicle has been brought to the dealership 3 times for this problem. Fuel injection system was changed twice. Also, the moulding around the sparks plugs broke loose, and it was replaced. Consumer is still experiencing stalling problems. Shield over the catalytic converter replaced. The rear latch for the spare cable rusted and came out upon pulling, the mounting for the rear wheel has released itself while vehicle is in motion.

- Markham, IL, USA

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