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

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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 #13

Dec 111999

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer states the front passenger door leaks when it rains, dealer replaced the weather strip.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #12

Nov 112001

(reported on)

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
The rear latch has been replaced three times, also there is extreme wind noise in coming from the front door.

- Grand Forks, ND, USA

problem #11

Nov 112001

(reported on)

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
The rear latch has been replaced three times, also there is extreme wind noise in coming from the front door.

- Grand Forks, ND, USA

problem #10

Dec 111999

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer states the front passenger door leaks when it rains, dealer replaced the weather strip.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #9

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

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problem #8

Mar 282001

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Fuel tank sensor went out in vehicle 7 different times. Door handle on passenger's side had came off twice. 4-wheel drive did not work when using it. Taken vehicle to dealership for repairs. Was informed that fuel tank should not be filled completely. Will be looking at the other problems for repairs.

- Oconnor Falls, WI, USA

problem #7

Mar 041999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles

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

Main concern is 4 wheel drive, could cause an accident if indicator lamp is on and 4 wheel drive is not engaging. Causing a false sense of security on hazardous roadways, causing loss of vehicle control.

- Peebles, OH, USA

problem #6

Sep 011998

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
The entire car should be recalled. Kia does little to assist with cars that have cronic problems.no safety defect listed within summary.

- Maple Valley, WA, USA

problem #5

Dec 221999

(reported on)

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
I've had continuous problems with my car since purchasing it, it has been taken into the shop for the engine check light coming on 2 times, the first time they said it was a sensor, but the problem reoccurred 2 days later, they then said it was a harness, that was replaced then I've taken it in for two recalls on the brakes and a hub problem, I'm currently having problems with the door handles sticking so it makes it impossible to open the doors with the key from the outside, dealer states that they can't get it to happen when I take it to the shop but it occures continually when the vehicle is in my possession, back hatch door does not close completely unless you slam it several times, dealer says nothing wrong, engine always smells like it is burning and now the car will only start when it wants to, dealer said it was the battery but the car is only 1 year old, I've talked to several other Sportage owners who all have the same problems, I feel the manufacterer needs to buy all these cars back, I've tried to trade this car and none of the dealers want it they tell me that it is not worth what I've paid for it so I'm stuck with is piece of junk, I'm at my witts end...I'm afraid to drive the car because I'm afraid to get stuck somewhere. The car is litteraly falling apart in my hands and theres nothing I can do about it, I've talked to a lawyer in regard to the lemon law but they say that it has to be a reoccuring problem of the same origin but theres apparently help for the comsumers that are stuck with awful products like these SUV's. there were 166 complaints on this site and almost every person had the same problems I'm having with my vehicle. I am personally telling as many people as I can about these junkie Kia's. the manufacterer should be held responsible for this. If I or anybody in my car should be hurt in an accident due to these problems, Kia will see a law suit that will make their head spin.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #4

Jul 221998

Sportage

  • miles
Inside door handle failed. Mjs

- Knightsen, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 031999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles

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

We have an antifreeze problem still to this day; our brakes still are squealing now; it didn't start twice; ice builds up where the door and the car come together-damaging door; has iced over inside the car; windows would never clear off-couldn't see anything while driving; didn't idle properly-and still doesn't

- Malone, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 011998

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Water runs off my windshild into the door and forms ice in the hinges which results in having a hard time getting in or out of my vehicle. The manufacturer states there is nothing that can be done for this, and I have to accept it and live with it all for $17,000.

- Rensselaerville, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 121999

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Door locks lock and unlock without being touched. Dealer says it's bad wiring.

- Stubenville, OH, USA

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