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1998 Kia Sportage wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 031999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles


Hubs recall by manufacture- done.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 011999

Sportage 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The hubs were cracked and wheel bearing was gone, causing a total loss of brakes which resulted in an accident. Kia has done nothing to help.

- Plainfield, CT, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle is sold as sutomatic four wheel drive, encouraging drivers to drive in hazardous conditions. When I realized that indeed I did not have automatice four wheel, (resulting from going off the road and getting stuck in snow bank) the dealer stated that the manufacturer knows that this problem exists with this vehicle. I was given manual hubs as a "fix". my problem is that 1) this is not what I bought. 2) the safety implications of the manufacturer not notifying owners of the problem. 3) safety issues with having to dismount vehicle in bad weather to change hubs.

- Lincoln, ME, USA

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