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About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #8

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 #7

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 #6

Sep 031999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Engine check light on and fluttering when starting- dicovered O2 sensor was bad- replaced

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #5

Feb 011999

Sportage

  • miles

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

On 2-1-99 replacements were done to the surge tank assembly, air intake pipe and wiring due to vehicle stalling. However, on 9-1-99 vehicle stalled again causing lost of steering power which almost caused an accident. On 10-11-99 the oxygen sensor was replaced to correct problem. Prior replacements were not the cause of stalling.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 011999

Sportage

  • miles
On 2-1-99 replacements were done to the surge tank assembly, air intake pipe and wiring due to vehicle stalling. However, on 9-1-99 vehicle stalled again causing lost of steering power which almost caused an accident. On 10-11-99 the oxygen sensor was replaced to correct problem. Prior replacements were not the cause of stalling.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

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problem #3

May 271999

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Oxygen sensor failed causing check engine light to illuminate. Mjs

- Sewell, NJ, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Nov 101998

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
The oxygen sensor is not operating properly. It is causing the vehicle to idle too high. Dealer has been contacted.

- Sebring, FL, USA

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