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6.1

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,628 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Kia Sportage AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 012009

Sportage

  • 75,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Kia Sportage purchased on August 25, 2009. There was a noise under the hood. An independent mechanic stated that the catalytic converter was removed and replaced by a pipe that should not have been on the vehicle. She also stated the air conditioning unit continued to leak water from the vents and onto the floor board. The mechanic stated that there was allergy in the air conditioning unit. The failure and current mileages were 75,200.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 012005

Sportage 4WD

  • 768 miles
2001 Kia Sportage suffered two complete engine failures. Along with the engine failures, there were problems with the radio, battery and the terminals, front brakes, a sensor knock, exhaust system, air condition, valve cover gasket, front wheel bearings, front pads and rotors, cruise control, and a defective idler arm.

- Wellesley, MA, USA

problem #4

Mar 012005

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
2001 Kia Sportage, stopped dead in the middle of a major highway. The consumer was unable to get a full alignment because the idler was defective, on 2 occasions the vehicle would not start and it had to be jump started, which was due to defective battery terminals, the radio, font brakes exhaust system, air condition valve cover gasket, front wheel bearing, cruise control were all inoperative, the vehicle has had 2 engine replacements, and the drive belts were out of tension.

- Wellesley, MA, USA

problem #3

Oct 312001

Sportage

  • miles

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

The air condition was not cooling the vehicle, the engine light illuminated and it was determined the gas cap was loose, there was an electrical short in the windows which caused them not to work, the purge valve leaked, the hold light flashed at times, the left rear door did not open from the inside, it was discovered the door lock was out of adjustment, the cup holder was coming apart, the brakes were noisy and the master cylinder was leaking.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 082002

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
The air conditioner malfunctioned.

- Wellesley, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 302001

Sportage

  • miles
Took vehicle in for water dripping on to passenger side floor from air conditioner under dash. First time dealer cleaned out drip pan and second time, replaced drip pan.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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