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8.2

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,377 miles

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1998 Kia Sportage windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #13

Mar 032000

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,900 miles

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

Continual failure of battery, replaced 5 times and replaced alternator but contiues to have battery failure also windows and door lcks go on and off by themselves.

- Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

problem #12

Feb 192002

Sportage

  • 51,000 miles
First time I brought the car back was because the engine light went on and I had a oil leakage in the engine. Car started to shake even after it was hot and made a weird noise in the engine. The motor rr window was not working and the brakes were making some weird noise. Brought to the dealer to fix and he sent it to Kia for repair, the Kia crew found the front caliper frozen, but the customer denied to fix it. So I brought it to a specialist to check double check the car. They found the following defects and found the car unsafe (caliper rgt worn, frozen, caliper hardware worn, wheel cyl rgt- new/kit leaky, shoe hardware worn, C.V. boot/joint rfo/rfi/lfo/lfi worn, coil springs front broken rr broken, ball joints/lower L worn). I spoke with the dealer because I still had warranty and told him I didn't want the car it was giving me hard times already and only having it at that time for not even a month. As I would drive I would have to release the gas, because it would start to shake and felt as if it was going to shut off. **dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis****760758

- Chelsea, MA, USA

problem #11

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 #10

Feb 021999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles

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

Driver's side window would stop half way- they lubricated window.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #9

Jan 012000

Sportage

  • miles
Vehicle has a shock problem when getting inside of vehicle. When turning vehicle on consumer gets a shock. Also, driver's side window doesn't go all the way down.

- Altedena, CA, USA

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problem #8

Dec 231999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Im not happy that I bought a new car and it averages going into the shop every 6-8 weeks. I cant afford this. Im to arrange my own transportation while my car is in the shop, its been towed 3 times for the engine lite, when work is done they don't call and tell us what was wrong and it can be picked up, last time the car was in the shop they didnt call for over a week to tell me to come get it, I asked to speak with a manager and left several messages and they still havent called. I wil never buy a Kia again or buy from any rizza. I feel like I bought junk, I want my money back, take the car. There is a class action lawsuit in the process at website 100% I hate Kia. Thank youl

- Midlothian, IL, USA

problem #7

Jan 011999

Sportage

  • miles

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

Windows will not roll down. Nlm

- Mount Vern, NY, USA

problem #6

Mar 162000

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Left rear passenger window is off track due to faulty regulator causing excessive noise when vehicle in motion. Nlm

- Mount Vern, NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 011998

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
The entire car should be recalled. Kia does little to assist with cars that have cronic problems.no safety defect listed within summary.

- Maple Valley, WA, USA

problem #4

Nov 101999

Sportage

  • miles
Power window regulator failed. Mjs

- Knightsen, CA, USA

problem #3

May 271999

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles

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

Power mirrors failed. Mjs

- Sewell, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 251998

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
No summary listed for this vehicle.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 191998

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
Windows stick.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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