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1998 Kia Sportage drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 152001

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


4-wheel drive system has gone out due to front axle seals leaking. Dealer said parts were on national backorder. Unknown when parts would be available.

- Lisbon, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 092001

(reported on)

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle never had 4-wheel drive even though 4- wheel green light indicator came on. Failure was due to front seal that shrank. Consumer has taken vehicle back to dealer several times to fix defect, but defect still occurs, placing consumer in dangerous situation. Consumer is now on waiting list for a new part that manufacturer claims will fix defect.

- Malta, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 111999


  • miles
Wheel bearings had completely rusted out. Was informed by mechanic water got into seals & were not sealing. This also affected 4-whel drive locking hubs.

- Elko, NV, USA

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