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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
142,000 miles

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2001 Kia Sportage body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 222013

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 193,000 miles

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

I was hearing a clunk every time I started going forward and backwards and got underneath the car to notice the frame crossmember was totally separated from the frame. It is the frame crossbar that holds the rear axle support to the frame. The affected frame cross member goes underneath the gas tank and would require 2 days labor to fix at my local repair shop. To remove the gas tank is one project and to have a new welded support bar is another project and will cost alot to fix. I called Kia for possible recalls and they said "oh its out of warranty" goodluck with that!!! this car is unsafe and could have caused serious damage.

- Westport, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 282011

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Stabilizer connected to the chasis rotted from the frame and the brakes stopped working because where the brake line was connected to the frame was rotted. Brought the car to an independent mechanic to find this out. Cannot drive the vehicle in current condition as it is extremely unsafe. I was lucky I wasn't going fast and was able to get the car off the road. People should be notified to have this checked immediately, it could save someone's life.

- East Bridgewater, MA, USA

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