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7.5

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Kia Sportage electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 112004

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

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

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

problem #2

May 242004

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
While starting up the vehicle it failed to turn on. Consumer tried numerous times but vehicle was inoperative. Consumer contacted Kia road side assistant, and technician disconnected a wire from the electrical kylas remote control system. This caused the kylas remote control system to deactivate. Then, consumer was able to start the vehicle. Since then consumer had no problem with the vehicle. Consumer contacted the dealer, and was advised to keep the kylas remote control system in the vehicle.

- Perris, CA, 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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