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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,651 miles

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2001 Kia Sportage fuel system problems

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 302010


  • 114,000 miles


When pumping fuel it splashes out, you have to pump the gas very slow and constantly start and stop causing triple the time to pump gas then normal.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 172008


  • 80,000 miles
Defective fuel tank. Fuel tank leaks and it is a known problem with vehicle and yet Kia corporation and the dealership in canton Michigan where I purchased vehicle will not take responsibility for this issue. This is dangerous. I have taken outstanding care of my 2001 Kia Sportage-it was always garaged and away from the elements. I even have covered parking at work. I want Kia to compensate me by 1) replacing the fuel tank free of charge; 2) giving me my $ back $11K--that I spent on purchasing this care; or 3)giving me $ to purchase a tank and cover labor. Do you know that it is impossible to find a new or used 2001 Kia Sportage fuel tank. This is terrible and an incredible safety violation. I have been trying for years to get an answer and I just get the run around. I am writing Kia, the dealership, my Michigan attorney general and president obama. I am extremely frustrated that a company can produce this type of vehicle with a known defect and not be held liable.

- Southgate, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 302007

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,954 miles
When I turned the exhaust on in the car there was a very strong gasoline smell to the point I had to turn it off and open the windows. There has been several complaints filed on the internet concerning this same problem. I feel since this could be a fire problem with the car it needs to be addressed with the manufacturers of the auto and a recall given. Also there has been several complaints written concerning leaks early on with the gas tank its self.

- Columbus, OH, USA

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