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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Exhaust System: Emission Control: Catalytic Convertor Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,310 miles

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2001 Kia Sportage exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

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

Jul 202001

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,930 miles
For a period of 30-45 minutes after starting the vehicle gasoline and exhaust fumes entered the passenger's cabin. A company named green circle tested the vehicle, which tested positive for carbon monoxide. Passengers complained of headaches while in the vehicle, and driver sometimes became dizzy. Dealer replaced the catalytic converter twice, intake manifold once, and fuel injectors once. These repairs did not remedy the problem.

- Hackensack, NJ, USA

problem #1

Aug 082002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have had problems with the car since I brought it. The windshield washer doesn't work, the mirrors don't work, 2 blowouts, the chambers that hold the spark plugs needed to be replaced, it needs a complete brake job, I have trouble when I put the car in drive. How can I complain to the dealer I think I brought the lemon of the bunch?

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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