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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,274 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 012004

Sportage

  • 29,000 miles

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

While driving the vehicle's brakes failed without warning. The dealer stated that the master cylinder was the cause of the failure.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

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 #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

Mar 012002

Sportage

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The consumer rear ended another vehicle in March 2002, the consumer applied the brakes, but the vehicle failed to stop. In September 2002 the brake light illuminated on the dashboard and the vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was discovered the master cylinder had a major leak. A month later the consumer was involved in another accident, this time the consumer the dealer called it intermediate pedal drop where at times the master cylinder failed to transfer the fluid between the cylinders to provide braking to the system, the dealer denied anything was wrong.

- Wynona, OK, USA

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