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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
135,500 miles

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1998 Kia Sportage miscellaneous problems

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 092015


  • 170,000 miles


My steering column doesn't lock when I turn off the engine. It has also started failing to start but when we jumpstart it it responds immediately. I have learned; that sometimes if I rock it or push it a few feet it will start right up too. It acts almost like a vapor lock because the engine is warm and just doesn't start after having set for an hour. Almost like a short or disconnect. Additionally the blower motor seems to have died too. Heat/ac works, just doesn't distribute. I'm wondering if there's a recall on either of these since they seem to be electrical or wiring harness issues.

- N. Charleston, SC, USA

problem #1

Apr 022010


  • 101,000 miles
Sway bar had broken off from half of the was found the frame has rotted most of the way through in the backend of vehicle on both sides. I was told the back end could break off from vehicle at any moment.

- Keene, NH, USA

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