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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,667 miles

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2002 Kia Sportage body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 032003

(reported on)

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles


The door structure allowed water to get into the edges. This resulted in the doors being frozen shut when this occurred in cold weather. The dealership/manufacturer are aware of the problem but have not provided a fix for it. The Kia dealer informed the consumer that the weren't going to do anything about the problem due to snow and slush were normal weather conditions that would get into the doors.

- Madawaska, ME, USA

problem #2

Feb 272002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver's side door stays ajar. Took vehicle to dealer, and was told that door was not off line, yet door will not close properly.

- Beloit, WI, USA

problem #1

Feb 272002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Door stays ajar. Mechanic told consumer that door is not off line, yet door does not close properly. Now horn has failed, security alarm system acts erraticly, the right side hood if offline and is bent causing the hood to intrude outward towards the front fender, and the driver side back window will not move up or down.

- Beloit, WI, USA

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