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2.4

hardy worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,275 miles

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2000 Kia Sportage fuel system problems

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2000 Kia Sportage Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Apr 012013

Sportage

  • miles

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

The gas tank shield is rusting to pieces. Noticed a piece hanging down and checked under the car. It is on the right side.

- Hanover, PA, USA

problem #34

Oct 242011

Sportage

  • 74,680 miles
Some of the major problems include the following;fuel tank leak, heavy rust, frame rusted out. Took it to a Kia dealership & was told I needed to have the fuel pump, tank&sensor replaced. Per the advisor at the Kia dealership, my car did pass inspection in regards to the"extended warranty"on the fuel tank.I was charged approx.$800 for the repairs due to it being only 1 yr past the time for Kia to cover the repair.I am under the mileage.the Kia dealership gave me a list of additional repairs needed. One of them being"frame rusted out in rear requires immediate attention"they did no explain any of this to me! my car started to jerk&shake while slowly stepping on the brakes as I prepared to stop at a red light, it was difficult to bring the car to a complete stop:'( it made a loud noise as if something had fallen of my car. Per the mechanic that I had to get my car towed to, I need to find a good welder to repair all of this rust asap. He stated that this is very unsafe and this causes me to have no control of my car. The Kia dealership sold me $800 worth of work while knowing/not telling me that my car was unsafe to drive:( who does that"! I have had so many problems with this car:( I didn't list all of them. From little things to major. I feel so unsafe driving it. I only wish that people truly cared & tried to picture how they would feel if this had happened to them or their family/friends. I am currently laid off and searching for work. I have been laid off 2X within the past 2 yrs, first time was right after I purchased my condo. I'm trying to tell myself to just breathe and keep the faith. It is going to be a much more difficult road to face now without a car:'( I tried to explain my situation, safety/concern issues and hardship to Kia customer care, but they will not help with anything nor will the dealership. Toyota stepped up, what will it take for Kia to?"

- Harrison Township, MI, USA

problem #33

Jul 112011

Sportage 4-cyl

  • miles
I own a 2000 Kia Sportage and I have been smelling gas over the last couple of months. The dealership is telling me that my car is not on the recall list, do you have any suggestions?

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #32

Jul 012011

Sportage

  • 114,000 miles

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

Brakes not working properly.,when you step on brake you can feel the brake or tire spending and your car is still rolling when your are stepping on the brake. Engine, turning the car engine on and off. When you start the engine the engines clicks but does not start. Its not the transmission. I have replaced the battery several times but still the same problem.

- Maplewood , MN, USA

problem #31

Jul 122011

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Kia Sportage. The contact smelled a gasoline odor and the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic advised her that there were holes in her fuel tank and that it needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was approximately 130,000. Updated 10/19/11 the consumer stated the fuel pump is leaking gas. The consumer found a recall for the exact problem. However, after having the vehicle for several hours, the dealer informed the consumer he was over the mileage or warranty for a free repair. Updated 11/04/11.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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problem #30

Apr 012011

Sportage

  • 108,000 miles
Gas tank leaking gas

- Seymour, IN, USA

problem #29

Apr 012011

Sportage

  • 108,000 miles

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

Gas tank leaking gas

- Seymour, IN, USA

problem #28

Apr 012011

Sportage

  • 108,000 miles
Gas tank leaking gas

- Seymour, IN, USA

problem #27

Dec 252010

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 85,520 miles
2000 Kia Sportage notice gas fumes, gas leaking and under seat the top plate is letting out raw gas fumes to make you sick. I did research an seen a recall SC059 my care is doing the same thing called Kia customer service she gave me a case number gave me the phone number to the Kia dealer she said couldn't drive car have it towed, have jake sweeny to diagnose if this is doing the same problems the old recall did for them to call her and she would ask her dist mgr to let this car be fix. My brother is handicapped and he called the dealer and he ask for the VIN number and said there was no recall. We know there is not one at this moment but for him to look at this car because of it causing a life threatening problem. I have case number from Kia just need to get the dealer to look at the car the fumes are making him sick and now the chance of the care blowing up. Please help asap. Mileage on car 85,520 I think Kia needs to fix all these cars I have looked on the web and there are other people having the same problem I believe there are more VIN numbers out there with this same problem that Kia is overlooking until someone gets hurt. Thank you please investigate and issue a new recall or reopen the old one. Thank you

- Newport, KY, USA

problem #26

Aug 012010

Sportage

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Kia Sportage. The contact smelled strong fumes from the gasoline tank. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The current mileage was 85,520. The failure mileage was approximately 82,000.

- Wrilder, KY, USA

problem #25

Jul 152010

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 120 miles

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

2000 Kia Sportage, fuel tank and fuel tank shield rusted and falling off. Updated IVOQ 12/16/20

- Shady Side, MD, USA

problem #24

Feb 062010

Sportage

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that she noticed that fuel was leaking from the fuel tank. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified. The current mileage was 85,585. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000.

- Hayward, WI, USA

problem #23

Sep 052010

Sportage 4-cyl

  • miles
2000 Kia Sportage, gas tank is corrosive and gas is leaking from tank. There was a slight hole that the previous owner tried to repair with some type of sealant.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #22

Jun 012010

Sportage

  • 140,000 miles
Gas tank leaking on 2000 Kia Sportage.

- Jonesborough, TN, USA

problem #21

Nov 142009

Sportage

  • 187,000 miles
2000 Kia Sportage 4 wheel drive- bought car, contacted Kia regarding recalls told there was one on fuel tank. Took car to Kia, was told too many miles on car- but leaky fuel tank still exists. Today went to get fill up car, first time, the fire department had to come to service station because car was pouring out fuel from tank. Fireman told me to contact Kia, told him already did but Kia refused to do anything about this. Car needed towed, shut down service station for about an hour or more until fuel could be cleaned up. This is Kia's fault, knew of defect, refused to do anything about it, look at internet how many complaints there are for these cars. Tank made from poor material with Kia's knowledge so they should have a recall which there is one, but they don't want to honor it.

- Conneaut Lake, PA, USA

problem #20

Nov 012009

Sportage

  • miles
About the beginning of November I begin smelling a slight gas odor when I get out the car. About the 9th of November the smell was extremely loud, I Transport my grandchild and I'm afraid -- I had the car checked out and was told that the tank was rusted out and the gas was leaking out. The mechanic informed me that I need to replace the tank and the assembly - and this is not an inexpensive job. Where is the recall - I see this is a real problem with Kia Sportages.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #19

May 012008

Sportage

  • 52,220 miles
Gas tank leaks. Leaks fast when there is 7 to 8 gallons of gas in the tank. Strong odor, always.never stops leaking. Replace the washer. Did not work. Used epoxy did not work. Welding did not after a few days. Buffed the rust off, but it still leaks. Holes every where.

- White Hall, AR, USA

problem #18

Nov 112008

Sportage

  • miles
My 2000 Kia Sportage has been leaking gas. Repairs, as I can't afford. The repair shop said the gas tank is coming a loose at the seam. Fumes is very strong in the car. I can't fill the tank up with gas because of the problem. I called the dealer and because there is no recall I have to repair it myself. I only have 70,000 miles on the vehicle and this should not be happening. The fumes are so strong I can't ride my grandchildren in the back seat of the vehicle. Fumes from the gas tank is dangerous if you light a match or use a lighter etc... please help do something about this problem before someone is injured. Must there be injuries before something is done. Please help.

- Indiana, PA, USA

problem #17

Oct 242008

Sportage

  • 80,000 miles
My 2000 Kia Sportage has been leaking gas. We haven't had it repaired, as we cant afford it. Someone suggested looking for recalls, that's when I found this site. The "heat shield" (?) has always rattled badly. In addition to the rattling and bad gas leak, the motor blower fan is not working, my 4wheel drive isn't working. Underneath it is a rust bucket! the back doors wont lock/unlock. Something really needs to be done!!! please, someone stand up for the little guy and make Kia fix these problems!!!

- Wooster, OH, USA

problem #16

Dec 282008

Sportage

  • 96,950 miles
Dangerous fuel leak close to exhaust pipe and harmful fumes being leaked into passenger cabin via fuel pump door under rear seat. Extensive external fuel tank corrosion. Corrosion unwarranted, dangerous, and costly to repair. Major highway and urban danger if not fixed properly. Fuel tank, fuel pump, and fuel lines in need of investigation and prompt recall.

- Farragut , TN, USA

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