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8.6

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,188 miles

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1998 Kia Sportage engine problems

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #16

Sep 242003

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles

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

Consumer noticed a loud popping noise coming from under engine, and then engine stalled. Vehicle was serviced, technician noticed engine malfunctioned.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #15

Feb 192002

Sportage

  • 51,000 miles
First time I brought the car back was because the engine light went on and I had a oil leakage in the engine. Car started to shake even after it was hot and made a weird noise in the engine. The motor rr window was not working and the brakes were making some weird noise. Brought to the dealer to fix and he sent it to Kia for repair, the Kia crew found the front caliper frozen, but the customer denied to fix it. So I brought it to a specialist to check double check the car. They found the following defects and found the car unsafe (caliper rgt worn, frozen, caliper hardware worn, wheel cyl rgt- new/kit leaky, shoe hardware worn, C.V. boot/joint rfo/rfi/lfo/lfi worn, coil springs front broken rr broken, ball joints/lower L worn). I spoke with the dealer because I still had warranty and told him I didn't want the car it was giving me hard times already and only having it at that time for not even a month. As I would drive I would have to release the gas, because it would start to shake and felt as if it was going to shut off. **dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis****760758

- Chelsea, MA, USA

problem #14

May 212003

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
The vehicle stalled while driving. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic which stated the engine and the transmission were manufactured in 1997 but the vehicle is 1998.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #13

May 062003

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles

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

The vehicle vibrates when at idle. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer but they were unable to locate the problem.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #12

Feb 192003

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
The vehicle stalled while on an incline.

- Chesapeake Beach, MD, USA

problem #11

Jun 212002

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Premature wear of flywheel. Due to failure vehicle will not start. Dealer has been contacted.

- Binghamtor, NY, USA

problem #10

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 #9

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 #8

Aug 012001

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Consumer states valve cover gasket is inoperative.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #7

Aug 101998

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle will not accelerate under normal operating conditions. Dealership has worked on vehicle several times since 1998, and has not been able to repair vehicle. The consumer states that the fuel injector, head gasket, wiring harness and transmission had been replaced. However, the problem still exists and the vehicle was a lemon or defective.

- Montross, VA, USA

problem #6

Jun 222000

Sportage

  • miles

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

Recall 99V325000/ engine stalling. After vehicle was repaired under the recall it stalled and died. Dealer has not been able to restart the vehicle.

- Yarmouth Port, MA, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Aug 151999

Sportage

  • miles
Was driving vehicle at approximately 40mph on highway when it suddenly died out for no reason. Had vehicle to towed to dealer. Unable to restart right away.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #3

May 111998

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes: Hydraulic brake pedal has to be pressed to the floor before vehicle stops. The lifters made loud noises & rattling & needed to be changed. Rear door is off line & not shutting properly. Customer states drivers side mirror fell off. The check engine light is on due to oxygen sensor failure. The rear hatch does not close properly. The customer stated that there was a ticking noise at engine when hot or cold, this happens all the time. Dome light screw fell off, dealer found loose ground at light, the ground was resecured and a new screw was installed.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 041998

Sportage

  • miles
The consumer has been experiencing problems with engine valves. Engine check light continues to stay illuminated. The consumer stated vehicle has been serviced for the same problem 4 times.

- Eafb, AK, USA

problem #1

Feb 121998

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When consumer is at a stop sign and then accelerates, the vehicle does not move at all like there is no gas in the vehicle while the engine is still running. Dealer and manufacturer were contacted. Vehicle idled low, when first started in the am vehicle had no power and stumbled until it warmed up, dealer stated the iac would not open, check engine light illuminated due to the tps sensor being out of specifications. Tail light lens cracked and the dash light dimmer switch fell in the dash. Vehicle stalled due to ignition coil and spark plugs, vehicle backfired and hesitated, dealer rerouted the wiring harness and repaired the pin connectors. Vehicle overheated due to a crack in the cylinder head. Passenger side front door rattled when closing and the window was down, dealer stated this was normal. Carpet on the passenger side floor would not lie flat. Rear hatch would not pop after being unlocked, there was an internal leak from the seal. On two separate occasions, the A/C leaked on the passenger floorboard, dealer replaced the evaporator.

- Delrey Beach, FL, USA

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