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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,715 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.

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2001 Kia Sportage body / paint problems

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 192015


  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Kia Sportage. While driving at approximately 20 mph, the vehicle begin to shake, the brake warning indicator illuminated, and the brakes failed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the frame was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 01/12/16

- Jasper, IN, USA

problem #6

Mar 192014

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
I just tried to get my Kia Sportage inspected and was told by two different places the frame is rusted right out and I shouldn't even be driving it. I just looked online about the problem and there are alot of complaints and feel there should be a recall to fix the problem. The car is fine otherwise. If there is no recall I am going to be without a vehicle now because I cant afford another one.

- Wynantskill, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 012013


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that the frame of the vehicle was severely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure mileage was 36,000.

- Gallitzin, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012011

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 100,004 miles


As my wife was driving home from work she noticed the rear of the SUV was swaying upon further inspection of myself and an auto mechanic we found a crack in the rt rear frame the mechanic told us to park it and contact Kia. Told by Kia as this car was now over 100,000 miles that it was no longer covered and there was nothing that could be done or it. Well we welded on a few pieces of steel and it lasted only another 3 months and it started again this time we checked and found that the frame was rotted from the passenger door to the back end of the vehicle you could put your finger thru it car is now parked and wont be driven again. Kia will do nothing about this. I went to the bone yard to see if they had a frame and the 7 Kia that I checked all had the same problem if I were you and I owned a Kia I would check this out before I drove another mile.

- Brockton , MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 022012


  • 84,000 miles
I have a 2001 Kia Sportage with approximately 84,000 miles and the frame is completely rotted and I was told it was unsafe to drive on public roads.

- Greenland, NH, USA

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problem #2

Feb 282012


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that while having regular maintenance, the mechanic notified her that the frame was severely corroded. The mechanic stated that the vehicle was not able to be repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 150,000.

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 222001

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Over the span of the last 1 1/2 years I have had the following problems *rear seat belts locked up wouldn't loosen far enough to get my child out of the car. *front seat belts (both) would come open while the vehicle was in motion. *drivers side door wouldn't latch when trying to close it, had to jiggle the inside handle *spare tire arm wouldn't stay in the locked position when open. Still won't *four wheel drive wouldn't engage *lifter noise--collapsed lifter *head warped *check engine light had come on a few times holders (front and rear) fell apart *outside trim was fallling off.

- Ritzville, WA, USA

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