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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,867 miles

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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #15

Dec 022005

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 73,000 miles

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

The ABS on my vehicle fails intermittently. I have taken it to the dealer. The dealer has run diagnostics and told me that there is no problem, despite the fact that the ABS light is illuminated. The dealer called Kia usa, who could offer no help. Because the ABS is not always reliable, the braking characteristics of this vehicle are very unreliable. On 2 December the ABS system suddenly became operational, causing the "feel" of the pedal to change, startling the driver, who was in the process of braking. The vehicle struck a curb and narrowly missed a tree.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #14

Mar 222004

Sportage

  • miles
While driving 20 mph and when applying the brakes a thumping noise was heard coming from the passenger side wheel.consumer was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic replaced wheel bearing.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #13

Dec 012001

Sportage

  • miles
Anti-lock brake system rotors and pads have been replaced three times since date of purchase. Rotors and pads last from ten to twelve thousand miles.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #12

Aug 011998

Sportage

  • miles

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

Anti -lock brake system was inoperable. Consumer replaced rotor/ pads and calipers three times already. When this work has been done there was 1300 miles on vehicle.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #11

Apr 152000

Sportage

  • miles
There is so many things wrong with Kia products and they should not even be allowed on the road. There is always something going wrong with them and I want my money back! no safety defect listed within summary.

- Resaca, GA, USA

problem #10

Mar 242000

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Brakes would wear out excessively. They had to be replaced 3 times. Dealer's mechanic gave no reason for the cause of excessive wear. Took vehicle to an independent mechanic & informed consumer that brakes excessively wore out due to the materials used.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #9

Jun 151999

Sportage

  • miles

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

Whenever consumer steps on brakes the whole front end starts to vibrate.

- Streamwood, IL, USA

problem #8

Sep 301999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
While at a complete stop in driveway of home, I went to put the car in park and it just took off, I tried braking, but it continued to go forward straight through the garage door at a very high speed, front air bag did not deploy. Contacted dealer about problem, had car towed to them. They stated they had never had any complaints about this. Contacted the 1-800-4kia help line and was told I was the third complaint about this. Dealer is now trying to tell me this was a brake problem, it is not a brake problem, front brakes had just been replaced by an automotive repair establishment using certified parts from the Kia dealer. Also, while driving the sound of air is coming in making me think a window is down, but no windows are down. The car failed to start one day and we ckecked the battery, which by the way the manual states is maintence free, but is not, you have to put water in it. I have never been informed of any recalls on this vehicle, but know there are some. The Kia dealer is trying to put the problem with the accelerator on everything from the brakes to my mistake, I know what the car did and there is a problem somewhere that someone should be made aware of.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #7

Jan 061999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
The front ABS system activates while in a slow tight turn and brakes applied, when this happens the vehicle will not stop and the brake pedal and front end shake and vibrate. This happens while turning into parking spaces or making a U turn either direction, and it happens all the time. The dealer said that Kia knows about it and that it is normal. I almost hit a child in in a parking lot because the car would not stop, when the ABS system is activated at slow speeds the car is almost impossible to stop no matter how hard you apply the brakes. This is a very serious problem and Kia should find a way to fix it since they are aware of this problem. The car has been in for repairs on this problem 8 times in 10 months. Please help.

- Cumberland Gap, TN, USA

problem #6

Sep 031999

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
When applying brakes front end will shake/vibrate, resulting in potential safety hazard. 2. vehicle will accelrate by itself without applying accelerator. In both cases, dealer claims that it is normal operation. Defects are intermittent.

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #5

Jan 011999

Sportage 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

The hubs were cracked and wheel bearing was gone, causing a total loss of brakes which resulted in an accident. Kia has done nothing to help.

- Plainfield, CT, USA

problem #4

May 061999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
This is the third time I have had brake problems and the vehicle has only 8300 miles on it. The first time the brake light was on and they change the eng brake solenoid. The seconed time the master cylinder failed and all four brakes parcially locked up. This time I was donig 68 on the highway and the right front brake locked up. I missed hitting another car by less than an inch when it made my vehicle swerve instantly. I am getting scared to drive it at all!! whats going to happen next? "I don't want to die or kill my family or someone else's!!!!"

- South Portland, ME, USA

problem #3

Jan 261999

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving on wet and dry pavement the rear tires locked up, causing the vehicle to spin. Also extended stopping distance occurred which nearly caused a collision. Cause unknown.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #2

Dec 091998

Sportage

  • miles
Vehicle would drift from left to right when applying the brakes. Also, the brakes would lock up & vehicle would go into a spin. Vehicle would bounce up & down as if no shocks. Had taken vehicle to dealer 4 times & had it test driven. Rotors were changed. The problem could not be duplicated or found.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 031999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
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

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