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7.5

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,679 miles

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2001 Kia Sportage transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #9

Jul 112004

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

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

I bought mt 2001 Kia Sportage in 2003. It was a 2 door automatic soft top. The problems with the car started within months. First the "hold" light would come on and then while driving the care would stick in one gear. I could not slow down with out it stalling once the gears got stuck. I took it to the dealer, and the replaced the transmission. This did not fix the problem B/C it still happens even to this day and every place I take it to says that there is no problem. In 2005 everything started going downhill. The power windows dont work the cd player eats you cds and I get no reseption on the radio. Not to mention the seat belt light comes on all the time and continues to flash and beep even with your seat belt is on. The pasenger seatbelt does not stay clasped. The car will shut off while driving if I turn on the air. The air only blows on your feet. My car shakes violently it I go about 50 mph. The car makes a wierd chattering noise while driving. And the brakes have locked up for no reason. All of these things I have stated are true and I have taken my car to the dealership numerous of times and seem to get it "fixed" but something else happens before the month ends. I have had my car in the shop for more than 3 months total, and it still doesnt run properly. So far I have had the tramission replaced, the electrical harness, the master and rear cylinder(2X), wheel barring, alternater, started, batteries(4X),air vents, ad many other thing but I cant keep track of everything that goes wrong with this car. Im a college student that has a very limited income, and I cant wasted any more time and money dealing with this car that should last longer than I is. My first car was better tha this one and it was made in the 80's.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #8

Jan 232006

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,111 miles
: the contact stated the check engine light has been illuminating and the transmission has had failures in shifting gears since the vehicle was purchased. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop. The ect connector has been replaced and the sensor has been reprogrammed multiple times. The problem persists despite the repairs. The thermostat was replaced. Updated 02/13/06.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #7

Apr 202004

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle shimmied and vibrated uncontrollably. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that transmission needed to be replaced.

- Cadyville, NY, USA

problem #6

Dec 182003

(reported on)

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving check engine light illuminated, shortly after the transmission failed.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #5

Jul 302003

Sportage

  • miles
Transmission light appeared on the dashboard, also engine check light.

- Mexico, ME, USA

problem #4

Jan 072002

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Left rear window stopped functioning within 2 months of purchasing car (november2001). Dealer replaced regulator/motor. Right window functions most of the time, but when I get ready to take to dealer it functions correctly. Both rear windows stopped functioning summer of 2003. Took to dealer & both regulators/motors were replaced. Gear shift is slipping between gear by itself. Took to dealer and was adjusted June 2003.

- Hague, VA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012001

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Transmission surges and stops without prior warning. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 072001

Sportage

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, gear shift automatically pops into another gear. Had taken to dealer. Consumer states there is wind noise coming from all four doors.

- Seymour, IN, USA

problem #1

May 042001

(reported on)

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A fuse keeps blowing out which controls engine control unit, causing failure of odometer/ speedometer and tachometer, and vehicle does not shift properly.

- Rockland, MA, USA

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