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1998 Kia Sportage exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

May 192003


  • miles


The manufacturer sent a recall notice to replace the catalytic converter over a year ago. The repairs were done and the consumer is still experiencing problems.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Aug 102000

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Exhaust noise in front of car- to replaced cat. Converter on 8/10/00, prior appt. On 7/26/00 parts to be ordered

- Erie, PA, USA

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