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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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1998 Kia Sportage transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #16

Jan 272002

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Transmission jumps out of gear. The shifter jumps from drive to neutral when vehicle accelerates. Dealer has been notified.

- Newburg, PA, USA

problem #15

Aug 292000

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failures and replacements from 11/26/99 at 19,790 miles/ 12/28/99 at 21,156 miles, to present. All repairs and replacements were done by a dealer. But, problem still appears to be reoccurring. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Mmiami, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 082001

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states while traveling between 20 and 30 mph, another vehicle was cut off by a another driver. Consumer states this caused consumer to hit the back of a bus. Consumer states when pressing on the brakes vehicle would not stop. Consumer hit the back of a bus before vehicle would stop.

- Gary, IN, USA

problem #13

Aug 082001

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer states while traveling between 20 and 30 mph, another vehicle was cut off by a another driver. Consumer states this caused consumer to hit the back of a bus. Consumer states when pressing on the brakes vehicle would not stop. Consumer hit the back of a bus before vehicle would stop.

- Gary, IN, USA

problem #12

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 #11

Nov 081999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
The transmission has been slipping and the dealer failed to fix it before the warranty expiration.

- Hawley, PA, USA

problem #10

Mar 302000

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

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 #9

Apr 221999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
The trnamission fail twice once after the car was checked before we left on vacation, the deeler will not help my and we have ended up having a restraining order draw up because of the threats from his staff. Kia it's self has been notified and hav offered a rediculus traid in of $7000. The car was over $18000. The hubs have nearly cost me my life I went off the interstate hitting ice I was not in 4 wheel drive at the time but I went in to a ditch, when I tried to put it in to 4 wheel I would not go I had to travel in a ditch on a busy interstate for 5 mile till I could reach the exit. The washer motor failed on the interstate in smowing conditions, I had to empty water on the window as I was driving to see. This the worst car ever and the dealer and Kia will not help with any of these matters. The dates of these incidents might not be the correct date my attorney has all the paper work from the dealer.

- Cheyenne, WY, USA

problem #8

Sep 091999

(reported on)

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When traveling at 25 mph and upon attempting to accelerate there is hesitation upon acceleration, vehicle does not increase speed.

- Ingleside, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 141999

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 55 mph to 70 mph engine check light came on. Vehicle shut down, causing loss of power. Also, when putting vehicle into reverse, vehicle shut down. Consumer almost hit another vehicle due to brakes failing. Consumer had to use the emergency brake to stop vehicle.

- Atlantic, GA, USA

problem #6

May 211999

(reported on)

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Transmission will abruptley shift into to a low gear on its own at 65 mph. Manufaturer has ben contacted.

- West Allis, WI, USA

problem #5

Nov 021998

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
There are many of problems with this vehicle as of today ther are only 1700 mile on the vehicleas where mor than 1/2 those miles are from going back and forth to the service dept as it is an 80 mile trip to the service dept. As for Kia they are totally ignorant as they do not ever return any of my phone calls. This suvis a lemon if I ever saw one. You would thin. No safet defect (s) listed in the summary.

- Brunswick, ME, USA

problem #4

Apr 061999

(reported on)

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Shift-0N-the-fly is hard to shift. Takes all 150 pounds of me at times to pull it back. Dealer says it is normal. "on snow covered road it goes better in 2wd. Upon shifting into 4hi or 4low rear end comes out with any gas. I have had nothing but problems with my Kia. Kia needs to get on the ball and take a note of what they are producing.

- South Portland, ME, USA

problem #3

Aug 211998

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer is not able to get the vehicle out of park. The dealer told him to put a screw driver in the gear lever to get vehicle out of park. The dealer has wires at the shift lock.

- Parckville, MD, USA

problem #2

Jan 151999

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was told able to shift into 4-D up to speeds of 50mph. Have not been able to do so/ indicator light stays on long after shifted out of 4-wd.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 191999

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission could switch to reverse by itself on low temperture or cold weather and the tires move side by side.

- Waukesfh, WI, USA

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