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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,000 miles

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2001 Kia Sportage electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 282007

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My 2001 Kia Sportage's engine will shut off without warning. There is no logic to the incidents: Waiting at a traffic signal, driving in city traffic, driving at freeway speeds. Moving the gear shift selector to neutral and turning the ignition switch will usually restart the engine in one try, but not always. I have replaced two emission control solenoid valves, the fuel tank and the crank position sensor on the recommendation of the Kia dealer and on-line chatters having similar problems quite a few of them. A recent visit to the Kia dealer found O codes stored in the on-board diagnostic system. The dealership will not acknowledge the problem. The date listed below was an incident witnessed by my parents, actually the fourth such occurrence in as many days.

- Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 112004

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
I bought mt 2001 Kia Sportage in 2003. It was a 2 door automatic soft top. The problems with the car started within months. First the "hold" light would come on and then while driving the care would stick in one gear. I could not slow down with out it stalling once the gears got stuck. I took it to the dealer, and the replaced the transmission. This did not fix the problem B/C it still happens even to this day and every place I take it to says that there is no problem. In 2005 everything started going downhill. The power windows dont work the cd player eats you cds and I get no reseption on the radio. Not to mention the seat belt light comes on all the time and continues to flash and beep even with your seat belt is on. The pasenger seatbelt does not stay clasped. The car will shut off while driving if I turn on the air. The air only blows on your feet. My car shakes violently it I go about 50 mph. The car makes a wierd chattering noise while driving. And the brakes have locked up for no reason. All of these things I have stated are true and I have taken my car to the dealership numerous of times and seem to get it "fixed" but something else happens before the month ends. I have had my car in the shop for more than 3 months total, and it still doesnt run properly. So far I have had the tramission replaced, the electrical harness, the master and rear cylinder(2X), wheel barring, alternater, started, batteries(4X),air vents, ad many other thing but I cant keep track of everything that goes wrong with this car. Im a college student that has a very limited income, and I cant wasted any more time and money dealing with this car that should last longer than I is. My first car was better tha this one and it was made in the 80's.

- Sanford, FL, USA

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