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6.4

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,429 miles

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1998 Kia Sportage wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 022006

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

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

: the contact stated while driving on the freeway at 65 mph. The passenger rear tire blew out. The tire dealership determined the tire failed due to tread separation. The tire manufacturer is kumho. The size of the tire is: 20575R15. Updated 05/03/06

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #6

Nov 092002

Sportage

  • miles
Tire had less than 40% wear and are blowing out at 70 mph. 3 out of 4 have blown out.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #5

Jan 282002

Sportage

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
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 #4

Dec 111999

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Two wheels out of balance, dealer also noticed wear pattern on tires, possibly related to wheels being out of balance, no tire information given.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 111999

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Two wheels out of balance, dealer also noticed wear pattern on tires, possibly related to wheels being out of balance, no tire information given.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

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problem #2

Jun 012001

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
All four windows get stuck, doors lock and unlock by themselves, vehicle is trying to shift into 4X4 while vehicle is in motion, air conditioner works 1 out of 4 times, latch opens on back of vehicle while in motion. Black tarry dust on front tires.

- North Hampton, NH, USA

problem #1

Apr 132001

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Tires are wearing low- was told to replace at 22,000 miles will need to replace- warranty will not cover then for they are not worn down enough. (dot number: 5mul tiresize: P205/75R15)

- Erie, PA, USA

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