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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Kia Sportage engine problems

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #27

Jun 052000

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles

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

Vehicle has been serviced under recall 99V325000 three times for stalling. Owner received recall notice in February. Before receiving recall notice, vehicle was serviced 3 times for the same problem. Vehicle continues to die while driving on the highway. Please provide any furhter information.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #26

Mar 222000

Sportage

  • miles
While driving vehicle would slow down, like there was no gas and motor shut down. Then all of a sudden it will take off. Also, engine light constantly came on. Once while coming across railroad tracks, vehicle attempted to slow down and stop, when all of a sudden it took off, and consumer lost control and went into a ditch.

- E. Chicago, IN, USA

problem #25

Apr 032000

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Recall 99V325000, dealer fixed vehicle for the recall, but problem still exists. While driving the vehicle stalls unexpectedly which may cause a crash. Dlr is gonther Kia, 954-797-1680.

- Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #24

Mar 222000

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles

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

Consumer contacted dealer in reference to recall number 99V325000/engine stalling. Dealer stated parts were not available for six weeks. Problem has yet to be corrected.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #23

Mar 222000

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Consumer received recall 99V325000 concerning engine stalling. Contacted the dealer, dealer refused to correct recall problem.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #22

Mar 212000

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Recall # 99V325000 Kia/engine stalling; dealer does not have parts to correct recall campaign. Dealer is not sure when the parts will be available. Owner recieved recall notice on Feb. 25, 2000.

- Pelham, NY, USA

problem #21

Mar 072000

Sportage

  • miles

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

Consumer called dealer to make appointment for recall 99V32500/ engine stalling repairs, and wasn't able to get an appointment until April 13, 2000.

- Euclid, OH, USA

problem #20

Mar 132000

(reported on)

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer contacted the dealer in reference to recall number 99V325000/ engine stalling. Dealer indicated that parts have yet to be received from manufacturer. Problem has yet to be corrected.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #19

Sep 011998

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
The entire car should be recalled. Kia does little to assist with cars that have cronic problems.no safety defect listed within summary.

- Maple Valley, WA, USA

problem #18

Mar 102000

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
NHTSA recall/ manufacturer's 99V325000/ engine stalling. No parts were available.

- Holly Hill, FL, USA

problem #17

Mar 062000

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles

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

Recall 99V325/ engine stalling. Dealer has refused to repair vehicle because consumer has filed a complaint under the lemon law.

- Panama City Beach, FL, USA

problem #16

Mar 062000

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Consumer contacted the dealer in reference to recall 99V325000/ engine stalling. Dealer stated parts were not available.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #15

Jun 141999

Sportage

  • miles
Engine light continually illuminating, vehicle experiences intermittent stalling and loss of power, dealership is unable to identify failure.

- Erlanger, KY, USA

problem #14

Dec 221999

(reported on)

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
I've had continuous problems with my car since purchasing it, it has been taken into the shop for the engine check light coming on 2 times, the first time they said it was a sensor, but the problem reoccurred 2 days later, they then said it was a harness, that was replaced then I've taken it in for two recalls on the brakes and a hub problem, I'm currently having problems with the door handles sticking so it makes it impossible to open the doors with the key from the outside, dealer states that they can't get it to happen when I take it to the shop but it occures continually when the vehicle is in my possession, back hatch door does not close completely unless you slam it several times, dealer says nothing wrong, engine always smells like it is burning and now the car will only start when it wants to, dealer said it was the battery but the car is only 1 year old, I've talked to several other Sportage owners who all have the same problems, I feel the manufacterer needs to buy all these cars back, I've tried to trade this car and none of the dealers want it they tell me that it is not worth what I've paid for it so I'm stuck with is piece of junk, I'm at my witts end...I'm afraid to drive the car because I'm afraid to get stuck somewhere. The car is litteraly falling apart in my hands and theres nothing I can do about it, I've talked to a lawyer in regard to the lemon law but they say that it has to be a reoccuring problem of the same origin but theres apparently help for the comsumers that are stuck with awful products like these SUV's. there were 166 complaints on this site and almost every person had the same problems I'm having with my vehicle. I am personally telling as many people as I can about these junkie Kia's. the manufacterer should be held responsible for this. If I or anybody in my car should be hurt in an accident due to these problems, Kia will see a law suit that will make their head spin.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #13

Aug 021999

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Possible engine failure caused check engine light to illuminate. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #12

Oct 261999

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
When driving engine stalls. Most of the time it stalls when accelerating from a stopped position. Also, the engine stutters. Dealer has seen vehicle twice, and has not found a solution.

- Richland, WA, USA

problem #11

Jul 151999

Sportage

  • miles
Vehicle has experienced continued problems with engine light coming on, several component replacements (02 sensor, engine harness, tp sensor, alternator/generator assembly and catalytic converter), however problems still persist, possible engine failure. Mjs

- Bushkill, PA, USA

problem #10

Sep 161999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
When stopped the engine idles rough and if on an incline, it is as though it will stall before it kicks in and goes. Also the car engine smells like sulfur.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #9

Apr 121999

Sportage

  • miles
When driving at any speed engine check light kept coming on, and the engine wasn't running properly. Consumer had vehicle into the dealer's shop for repairs seven or eight tims, and dealer still can't determine the cause of the problem.

- Huntsville, AR, USA

problem #8

Mar 191999

Sportage

  • miles
When vehicle was at stop light or stop sign, engine idled and then would rev up & down. Had taken to dealer & was informed nothing was found. This happens all the time.

- Mantua, OH, USA

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