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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,255 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 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 202007

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • miles


Fuel tanks rust out quick. I noticed smell of gas, and replaced tank immediately. No damage was done, just concern for others. Poor design captures moisture between fuel tank and skid plate. This has cost me $250 for the tank, a half day of labor, and I'm concerned with putting skid plate back on. I looked on the internet to see if there were similar problems. There were several exact and others found with the fuel tanks. No cars have caught fire yet.

- Smithfield , VA, USA

problem #4

May 012005

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,230 miles
2001 Kia Sportage temperature gauge never registered that the engine was running hot. The consumer had to have the engine replaced. The coolant sensor malfunctioned, the rear hatch panel inside fell off, new clips were installed. Replaced manual transmission clutch, timing belt was replaced, wind noise from front passenger side door area.

- Washington, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 012001


  • miles
Continual problems with 2001 Kia Sportage convertible. Replacement of brakes 5 times, replacement of belts 6 times and 14 other problems. The cup holder, convertible top, and belts were replaced. The alarm wires were re-adjusted, the ac compressor, ignition coil pack, cd player right rear axle, right front strut, catalytic converter, center console, rear window fuse, spark plug and engine harness were all replaced numerous times.

- Arnold, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 182003

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,047 miles
Several: Loose bolts at heat shield, loose muffler bolts, problem with fan pulley, master brake cylinder defective, T-stat, engine light, dealership could not identify most recent problem, said they put a new computer in. Reflected last date below........

- Little River, SC, USA

problem #1

Jun 022003


  • miles
Car seems to not want to start when it rains, moisture causes Sportage to stall numerous times until I drive a few miles.

- Springville, NY, USA

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