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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 1 of 3)

problem #47

Jan 282002

Sportage

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

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 #46

Feb 202002

Sportage 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving, 4 wheel drive will kick in intermittently on its own. Vehicle has been taken to dealer numerous times, cannot find cause. Consumer adds the catalyst had to be replaced. There is an oil leak and front end was serviced 3 times.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #45

Dec 111999

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle check engine light is constantly on, vehicle has been to dealer several occasions, to have various parts repaired and replaced, vehicle began smoking from the engine compartment, dealer has tried all types of remedies but problem still exists.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #44

Feb 112002

Sportage

  • miles

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

Vehicle intermittently will not start. After vehicle is started and shutdown vehicle will not restart, cause unknown.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #43

Dec 272001

Sportage 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Oxygen sensor has been replaced three times after routine service was performed. Consumer also stated the wipers were not clearing windshield, windows go up slowly, 4-wheel drive was inoperative, vehicle was loosing power steering, dealer replaced the fan belt, air condition was inoperative, wheel bearing were loose, weatherstrip was replaced, the engine boggs down while driving, front brakes were noisy.

- Berkley, MA, USA

problem #42

Nov 112001

(reported on)

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Consumer states vehicle stalls when accelerating, while driving, and starting off from a stop, vehicle has been in repair shop three times and each time was told there was a different cause each time.

- Grand Forks, ND, USA

problem #41

Dec 111999

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The vehicle check engine light is constantly on, vehicle has been to dealer several occasions, to have various parts repaired and replaced, vehicle began smoking from the engine compartment, dealer has tried all types of remedies but problem still exists.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #40

May 012001

Sportage

  • miles
Vehicle stalls and backfires. Dealer aware of problem.

- Mascotte, FL, USA

problem #39

May 302001

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
While driving vehicle stalled, and then engine blew up, cause unknown.

- Akeron, OH, USA

problem #38

Sep 031999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Engine hesitiates- seems to stay in lowere gear until warm- shop put in oil treatment to help- still does this to this date 4/13/01.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #37

Feb 011998

Sportage 4WD

  • miles

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

Engine light is on and dealership states that it is something else that causes it to come back on. And they insist that I pay for the repairs, and the problem still persists. I took it to do all the recalls and they claim to have done them. I can only take their word. I have taken it 2xs and problem still exsists. I had asked to see if it had a short but was told no. No safety defect.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #36

Feb 072001

Sportage

  • miles
Vehicle is experiencing engine problems, electrical problems, and fluid leakage problems, consumer feels this is related to recall 99V325, consumer had vehicle in for repairs for the catalytic converters and the dealership never stated anything regarding the recalls, consumer is requesting that the recall repair be completed, however dealer is stating that the warranty is over and no recall repairs will be completed.

- Unk, UN, USA

problem #35

Aug 092000

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle has been in dealership for surging, check engine light also on.

- Grafton, MA, USA

problem #34

Jul 272000

Sportage

  • miles
Vehicle has stalled many times and the consumer has not been able to restart, several times the dealer has not been able to determine the cause of the failure, possibly an engine failure.

- Inwood, NY, USA

problem #33

Apr 012000

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Check engine light came on in April 2000. I have taken the vehicle in six times to get the repair complete. At this time the light is off. The last repair was made on Oct. 9, 2000. The dealers keeps replacing the same part. I think that it is something wrong with the electrical system that causes a power surge that then damages the tps module.

- Lancaster, NY, USA

problem #32

Dec 231999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Im not happy that I bought a new car and it averages going into the shop every 6-8 weeks. I cant afford this. Im to arrange my own transportation while my car is in the shop, its been towed 3 times for the engine lite, when work is done they don't call and tell us what was wrong and it can be picked up, last time the car was in the shop they didnt call for over a week to tell me to come get it, I asked to speak with a manager and left several messages and they still havent called. I wil never buy a Kia again or buy from any rizza. I feel like I bought junk, I want my money back, take the car. There is a class action lawsuit in the process at website 100% I hate Kia. Thank youl

- Midlothian, IL, USA

problem #31

Sep 112000

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
I've owned this car for 2 years and have had many repetitive problems. Car stalls / loses power at various times. Dealer serviced car many times but problem still exists and I almost got killed yesterday when it lost power as I was getting on the parkway. Front passenger door doesn't open from inside. Has been worked on several times. But is now broke again. Alarm doesn't shut off when putting key in lock on drivers side. Also worked on numerous times but now broke again. I'm out of the warranty and stuck with a lemon. Please help.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #30

Jul 242000

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Consumer had to replace the starter twice and engine replaced once, but defect keeps occurring.

- Aberdeen, MD, USA

problem #29

Jun 152000

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When consumer starts up vehicle it will stay on for a few minutes, then it will stall without a warning. At other times while driving engine will stall. Vehicle has been into dealer repeatedly for repairs.

- Blue Island, IL, USA

problem #28

May 232000

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Problems with the vehicle causing engine light to illuminate, serviced vehicle due to failure.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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