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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,137 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Kia Sportage fuel system problems

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 062008

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


My 2001 Kia Sportage is garage parked, and I noticed the smell of gas in my garage one day last week. I parked in my driveway that night and noticed a large gas stain the next morning. I took my car to my mechanic who called a parts dealer to find out the cost of a used one. He was notified that Kia had a recall on these gas tanks. He then called Kia and scheduled an appointment for me to take it in to them that afternoon. After Kia's inspection, they said I had the same problem as many others were having with these gas tanks. The service tech ran my VIN number and was told that my vehicle was "two months out of the recall date." He said he felt that since it was that close to the date, that Kia should cover it. He called Kia and spoke to a couple of "higher ups" there and was told the same thing. I have recently learned that there are many people in my area, as well as columbus and cincinnati, are having the same problem I am having...that the VIN numbers are 2 months newer than the recall that Kia has issued, and therefore are being denied. I had to pay $443.92 to get this fixed at the Kia dealer and feel that Kia should reimburse me for the problem with this gas tank.

- Milton, WV, USA

problem #6

Feb 092008

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 82,000 miles
2001 Kia Sportage gas tank is leaking from seam in gas tank.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #5

Nov 152007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Kia Sportage. The contact smelled gas while the vehicle was parked or being driven at various speeds. The gas cap was replaced, but the odor remained. He had to fill up the tank with gas each day. The vehicle was taken to the shop and a gas leak, holes, and corrosion were found. The tank was replaced. The VIN, engine size, number of cylinders, and dealer information were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 90,000.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #4

Oct 152007

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,100 miles


My 2001 Kia Sportage had a strong gas odor for a couple of weeks. I was told by the dealer to get a new gas cap. The odor became stronger and I took the car in for repair at an independent service station. I was told I needed a new gas tank. The tank was corroded and leaking. I had the gas tank installed in October, 2007. The car had 61,000 miles.

- Sylvania, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 112005

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 71,057 miles
The fuel tank on my 2001 Kia Sportage developed a fuel leak on the bottom of the tank caused by corrosion. This leak happened about a year ago and I made a temporary repair.

- Edmond, OK, USA

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problem #2

Jun 062007

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 52,800 miles
I own a 2001 Kia Sportage ex, it is leaking gas from the gas tank area. Updated 12-12-07. The consumer stated the vehicle is at the dealer for a replacement gas tank. Updated

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 302007


  • miles
Gasoline leak; fuel containment

- Grandview, MO, USA

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