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4.9

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,779 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 #9

Sep 282011

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles

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

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

problem #8

Dec 282004

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Kia Sportage. Consumer states repeated problems with brakes the consumer stated brake work has been performed on the vehicle 12 times for the same problem. The dealer told the consumer, the problem was due to the weather and salt and also not driving the vehicle and allowing it to sit for weeks at a time. The rotors, calipers, pads and drums have all been replaced.

- Newbury, OH, USA

problem #7

Sep 132006

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 75,479 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Kia Sportage. On November 21, 2006, while driving 55 mph, the vehicle began to smoke. The contact noticed the smoke entering through the air vents on the passenger side of the vehicle. She pulled to the side of the road and called her local Kia dealer to inquire if she could bring her vehicle in for service. The dealer advised her to bring it in the following day. The dealer replaced the blower motor, but the failure continued for the next three years. The contact also had the brake pads replaced, but the dealer has been unable to remedy the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 05/13/08 the check engine light illuminated. Updated

- Tell City, IN, USA

problem #6

Mar 012005

Sportage 4WD

  • 768 miles

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

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 #5

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 #4

Sep 012001

Sportage

  • 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 #3

Jul 222004

Sportage

  • 768 miles

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

Vehicle's engine and A/C failed. The consumer had to replace two engines within a 40000 mile usage. The vehicle stopped dead on a very busy us route 1 hwy. The sudden stop caused a traffic tie up and the vehicle was nearly rear ended by a air conditioning, the vehicle needed a complete engine replacement, valve cover gasket, front wheel bearings, drive belts out of tension, cruise control, V belts replaced, brakes and rotors, exhaust system.

- Wellesley, MA, USA

problem #2

Dec 042003

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
Brake rotors and pads replaced every 12,000 miles. The last time vehicle was repaired, the rotors, pads and calipers were replaced. Consumer stated brakes were replaced three times. Dealer claimed it was nothing wrong with the vehicle.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 312001

Sportage

  • miles
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

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