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5.4

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,892 miles

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2001 Kia Sportage exhaust system problems

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 012009

Sportage

  • 75,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Kia Sportage purchased on August 25, 2009. There was a noise under the hood. An independent mechanic stated that the catalytic converter was removed and replaced by a pipe that should not have been on the vehicle. She also stated the air conditioning unit continued to leak water from the vents and onto the floor board. The mechanic stated that there was allergy in the air conditioning unit. The failure and current mileages were 75,200.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #8

Feb 282005

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact stated engine light illuminated intermittently and the RPM gauge was reading incorrectly, either very high or not reading at all when the same amount of pressure was applied to the accelerator pedal. Also, the exhaust was glowing red underneath the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealership eight times, and they have been unable to diagnosis the problem.

- Byesville, OH, USA

problem #7

Mar 012005

Sportage 4WD

  • 768 miles
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 #6

Mar 012005

Sportage 4WD

  • miles

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

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 #5

Jul 222004

Sportage

  • 768 miles
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

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problem #4

Oct 152002

Sportage

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,488 miles
We had the transmission replaced in April of 2003 and the clutch replaced in April 2003. The clutch was not covered under warranty. We paid total cost $366.76. The transmission has now gone out again. The transmission is only 2 months old. This will be the 6th problem we have had with this car since October of 2002: (1) clutch switch Oct 2002 (2) exhaust manifold cracked Apr 2003 (3) passenger side front window would not go up Apr 2003 (4) transmission failure April 2003 (5) clutch failure April 2003 (6) transmission failure June 2003

- Eddy, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 152001

(reported on)

Sportage 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle continues to emit sulphur deoxide from exhaust which fells passenger compartment.

- Brookfield, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 152001

(reported on)

Sportage 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle continues to emit sulphur deoxide from exhaust which fells passenger compartment.

- Brookfield, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 282001

Sportage

  • miles
Consumer had air conditioner and window rolled half way up, and he fell a sleep. He was smelling an odor inside of vehicle.

- Durham, NC, USA

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