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1998 Kia Sportage cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 091999

Sportage 4WD

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Since purchasing this vehicle, it has been in and out of garage due to engine coolant smell. It usually takes several visits before the dealer decides to replace radiator, water pump, etc. This has happened several times. I have had 3 radiators in this vehicle and the coolant smell still is strong. There are many other problems with this vehicle, including air conditioning system does not work, on and off 4WD is inoperable, etc. I have tried to arbitrate with the lemon law with the attorney general's office, but was unsuccessful because of lack of documentation. Is there anything more I can do to help me correct these problems or get reimbursement for this vehicle? thank you

- Ballston Spa, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 091998


  • miles
Radiator cap missing resulting in vehicle overheating.

- Pascagoula, MS, USA

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