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1998 Kia Sportage body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #4

May 162000

Sportage 4WD

  • miles


Center consol lid broke unable to open- replaced with new one.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 162000

(reported on)


  • miles
Hatch/trunck unable to be opened because wheel release will not release. Nlm

- Mount Vern, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 021998

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
There are many of problems with this vehicle as of today ther are only 1700 mile on the vehicleas where mor than 1/2 those miles are from going back and forth to the service dept as it is an 80 mile trip to the service dept. As for Kia they are totally ignorant as they do not ever return any of my phone calls. This suvis a lemon if I ever saw one. You would thin. No safet defect (s) listed in the summary.

- Brunswick, ME, USA

problem #1

Nov 301998

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
No summary listed for this vehicle.

- Erie, PA, USA

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