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10.0

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

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1998 Kia Sportage engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #7

Nov 021998

Sportage 4WD

  • miles

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

There are many of problems with this vehicle as of today ther are only 1700 mile on the vehicleas where mor than 1/2 those miles are from going back and forth to the service dept as it is an 80 mile trip to the service dept. As for Kia they are totally ignorant as they do not ever return any of my phone calls. This suvis a lemon if I ever saw one. You would thin. No safet defect (s) listed in the summary.

- Brunswick, ME, USA

problem #6

Apr 221999

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
When coming to a stop and starting again the engine cuts off. Sometimes when gas is applied vehicle has a delayed start. Also engine check light comes on. Dealer can't find the problem.

- Brokton, MA, USA

problem #5

Feb 231999

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Vehicle experiences continued engine noise, unable to rectify.

- North Wilk, NC, USA

problem #4

May 301998

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving the vehicle will stall unexpectedly which almost caused an accident. Also, engine check light will be on. Vehicle has been to dealer 4 times. Cause unknown. Dealer cannot determine problem.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 301998

Sportage

  • miles
Engine leaking oil.

- Pascagoula, MS, USA

problem #2

Oct 071998

Sportage

  • miles
Engine idles too high, correction of wiring harness to throttle position did not rectify high idle.

- Pascagoula, MS, USA

problem #1

Jun 231998

Sportage

  • miles
Consumer experiencing ongoing problem with vehicle stalling without warning. Dealer/mfr notified and problem still occurring. Dealer informed consumer that the condition cannot be duplicated.

- Trotwood, OH, USA

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