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6.3

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,908 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Kia Sportage suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 222004

Sportage

  • miles

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

While driving 20 mph and when applying the brakes a thumping noise was heard coming from the passenger side wheel.consumer was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic replaced wheel bearing.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #6

Jul 112003

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Consumer had recall for the rear axle and bearings remedied in 08/99. According to dealer's diagnostic, the components have failed again, and could cause wheels to become detached from vehicle while driving.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #5

Nov 082002

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 83,358 miles
While driving the right front bearing seized to the hub. The consumer contacted Kia who informed the consumer that there were no recalls for wheel bearings and/or spindle.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #4

Nov 112001

(reported on)

Sportage 4WD

  • miles

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

While driving at 75 mph brakes completely failed, consumer was informed it was due to wheel bearings had worn.

- Grand Forks, ND, USA

problem #3

Jan 011999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Had SUV into shop about 7 times for wheel bearing. Once on a recall for bearing also had brakes fixed because of bearing. Failed two state inspections due to bearing.had a recall for exaust.

- Brockton, MA, USA

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problem #2

Jan 011999

Sportage

  • miles
Wheel bearings loose rusted which caused brake dust to gather. Dealer replaced bearing rotor and pads in front, front wheel bearings, and front wheel brake pads. Nlm

- Mount Vern, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 121999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Failure due to faulty seals(leak)rusted out bearings, unsafe to drive

- Elko, NV, USA

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