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1998 Kia Sportage electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 112003

Sportage

  • miles

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

While driving at normal speed intermittently vehicle was losing power. Dealer has inspected vehicle four times, and still problem recurring.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #6

Jan 282002

Sportage

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Recall 99V325000 concerning stalling. Vehicle was experiencing an electrical problem that interfered with performance. Vehicle was recalled and repairs done, but symptoms returned. Manufacturer claimed no responsibility because consumer was not the original owner. Check engine light was on. The vehicle vibrated, smoked and was overheating. The left front tire blew out. Ignition coils cracked and were replaced. Vehicle had a blown head gasket. Front left turn signal clips broke. Oxygen sensor failed. Right front door lock fell off. Vehicle had several parts on recall before the consumer purchased it and the consumer believed those recalled parts were the source of the problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Nov 142000

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
The car has on going problems. I have been telling Kia's mechanics that I have been experiencing the same problems over and over. 1) electrical-power surges, loss of power while driving, fuses blowing! Kia replaced the battery and said it should be fine now but it started doing it again! went in for a recall on mcc and ended up doing other recalls that I never received! now, the problem is worse! fuses are blowing! I have been told they cant find the problem to there is nothing wrong with the car! basically, I am under the assumption they cant find it until something really goes wrong. Well, it has! the loss of power is ten times worse! I fear for any life while the vehicle is in operation! this is my first car and I am a young female! so, I feel like I am being blown off and such when dealing with the mechanics. 2) braking has been wierd also! feels like it takes along time to come to complete stop! I am afraid that when Kia fixes the problem it isn't really fixed because I keep having problems with the car and they seem to be the same ones. I feel like I have no recourse! I need the assistance of someone to help me! I have talk ed to many Kia owners and they experience the same problems! they also have gotten no satisfaction! all that we can say as consumers is that we will never buy a Kia again! help us!

- Keene, NH, USA

problem #4

Aug 112000

Sportage

  • miles

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

Ignition wire was corroded, it caused a bad connection at the starter.

- Inwood, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 152000

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While periodically driving 5mph or less vehicle would automatically shutoff. Engine check light came on first, than it shutoff. Consumer has taken vehicle to dealer, and was not able to find cause or remedy. Since the first incident, vehicle has shutdown 5 more times.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 302000

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Connector corrosion caused vehicle not to start. Also, there was a camshaft oil leak. While driving vehicle at 65mph, engine started to race. Was as if someone put vehicle in neutral and stepped on gas.

- Brewster, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 301998

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle won't start. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

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