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1998 Kia Sportage drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 112003

(reported on)


  • miles


Consumer had recall for the rear axle and bearings remedied in 08/99. According to dealer's diagnostic, the components have failed again, and could cause wheels to become detached from vehicle while driving.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #2

Dec 132001

(reported on)

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
I can send you a email I sent to channel 7 out here in denver colo. No safety defect stated in summary.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #1

May 181999

(reported on)


  • miles
Wheel bearing and hubs cracked, causing the metal to grind when making a right turn. Also when applying the brakes, pedal goes to the floor, cause unknown. Was advised by midas not to drive vehicle- wheele could come off.

- New London, CT, USA

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