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10.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$60.00
Average Mileage:
149,500 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replacement springs (1 reports)
2000 Kia Sportage suspension problems

suspension problem

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2000 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 062012

Sportage 2.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 149,500 miles

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

For a few weeks prior, I was once in a while hearing metal clanking behind the car (as if someone had dropped wrenches from the car. As I was on the highway, I couldn't investigate. One day, I also found a piece of small coil spring under my car. It was smaller than any of my springs and though it must've been from a different car. On the way back from the pizza place, I went over a smooth, but raised railroad track (I live between two sets of tracks) and the back end bucked up (I have bad shocks) and crashed down on the right rear, making a horrible metallic noise. The noise was the spring which had fallen between the axle, the brake line, and pushing into the back of the rim! I limped it the rest of the way home at 5MPH. All the junk yards say they don't have any Spotage coil springs in stock. The one that did said it was a 4dr, not a 2dr (4dr hard tops are heavier with bigger springs). When they removed it, they said the other side was broken (I wanted to replace them both). New MOOG replacement set costs around $60 at O'Reilly Auto parts. Autozone doesn't carry rear springs.

- , Mishawaka, IN, USA

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