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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,888 miles

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2001 Kia Sportage exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 012005

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 13,623 miles


Consumer states that the tire latch on the back of 2001 Kia Sportage I broke. This was latch that held the spare tire carrier, it also has to open in order for the consumer to open truck. The owners mechanic has oiled and fixed the tire carrier for a temporary fix. The owner has taken the vehicle to the dealership for repairs, and they said they could not find anything wrong with the vehicle and couldn't fix the latch until it was broken, and then they could repair it. The owner has not called Kia. The latch has been broken for about 2 months. The owner suggested that the latch could have rotted out. The owner had taken the vehicle last year on June 12, 2004 to have the tail pipe fixed. The Kia dealership body shop that was suppose to fix the tailpipe, did not repair the tailpipe. The car was rattling from the exhaust. The owner's mechanic removed the rotted exhaust system, the Kia dealership was suppose to fix this and did not at this point the vehicle on had 13,623 miles on it at this point. The dealer is no longer with the address or phone number they closed down.

- Bayside, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 012004

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 76,000 miles
2001 Kia Sportage 4X4 with 76K miles. Within the last 3 weeks I have had to have the front brakes totally replaced, alternator and 2 belts replaced, muffler tailpipe rusted thru, and both front bearing hubs need to be replaced (wobbly).

- Baldwinsville, NY, 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

Oct 082002

(reported on)


  • miles
The vehicle was making noises. The muffler and the tailpipe were replaced.

- Wellesley, MA, USA

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