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3.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,833 miles

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1998 Kia Sportage body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 132014

Sportage

  • 175,000 miles

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

Rear frame rust/rot is incredibly excessive. Noticed today while checking tire pressure. Entire underside of frame is completely rusted through. Rear cross member in terrible shape. Visible deterioration happened quickly. Purchasing the car in 2012 there was no sign of rot on the frame. Now I feel uncomfortable driving the car, or selling it to someone else for that matter. As a mechanical engineer, the integrity of the square tube frame is compromised to the point that safety in a rear end collision is in question, any kind of trailer load would be impossible and unsafe. Really a danger to the general public because it could fail at any time.

- Athens, OH, USA

problem #5

May 132013

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Extreme corrosion at rear of frame where axle is supported ready to collapse and will require remediation to prevent frame failure.

- Newtown, CT, USA

problem #4

Jul 202003

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Paint chipping off trim of Sportage.

- Paulsboro, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 042000

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles

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

Acording to dealership, the predrilled holes and the child safty seat anchoring system is not available for the 1998 Kia Sportage and are still not available at this time. Its is my understanding that these items are required by law. Im looking for information about this problem and any assistance that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. I became aware of this problem when I purchased a new carseat for my two year old son. The manual for the carseat strictly says that with out the proper anchor hardware the carseat can not be installed properly.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 231999

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Dash continues to rattle after repair attempts.

- North Wilk, NC, USA

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problem #1

Dec 091998

Sportage

  • miles
Console replaced.

- Germantown, MD, USA

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