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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
120,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2000 Kia Sportage transmission problems

transmission problem

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2000 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 172015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles


After sinking more than 2K into it before a 150 mile move it started have major issues within a month. To keep it running at stops would have to keep one foot on gas and one on brake. I was constantly dying on me at lights and when making turns. I drove in areas that had a lot of tractor trailer traffic and was scared to death that I was going to be run over due to stalling problems. It got to where I was afraid to drive it. I am a single mom and don't have the money to fix it and since it had some water from super storm sandy figured too it was not worth sinking any more money into.

- , Lutherville, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 152007

(reported on)

Sportage XE V4

  • Manual transmission
  • 95,000 miles

I bought a Kia Sportage from a used car dealer. Two weeks later the transfer case quit working. The dash indicator turns on for 4x4, but the transfer case is not engaged.

- , Moses Lake, WA, USA

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