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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,775 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.

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2002 Kia Sportage brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 182015


  • miles


My car has rusted significantly underneath the vehicle.. to the point where it appears that it rusted the frame and shock absorbers. My car was made in Korea... wonder if these imports have to adhere to the same standards as american made cars with underbody treatment? also the fuel backs-up out of the gas tank... when in try to get the replacement part... I have been give numerous parts which do not fit from the dealer. Also brakes have been replaced and rooters ground down but they keep having problems.

- Hamden, CT, USA

problem #3

Jul 162015


  • 120,600 miles
I was driving home from work and started braking for a red light, my brakes were completely gone, luckily I was far enough from light & nobody was in front of me light turned green, I went slow 20 mph to the nearest Firestone & coasted in.I thought I just needed new brakes, the mechanics put it on lift & showed me the frame! it was so severely rusted that the brakeline had snapped away from frame.they called 3 different shops & nobody will touch it due to liability issues.I'm besides myself, I could have been killed or killed someone else.I'm original owner & car has been in garage everyday for 12 yrs, how can the frame be beyond repair at 120,000 miles.also I've read the other complaint's about the strong gas odors & I have had same problem for years, alway's in the winter.I love my car & need it repaired, Kia should fix the frame & recall the model, someone could be killed if it happens to I have to rent a car to go to work & try to get it fixed, but Firestone said whole frame is rusted, cheap metal used!something needs to be done!asap

- Frankfort, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 022014


  • 117,500 miles
There is a very strong raw gas smell that fills the cabin and outside the vehicle. It is very noticeable upon starting and when the vehicle is at rest and running. Fuel tank leaking. Seam areas and fuel pump/sending unit area due to corrosion and vehicle. The vehicle was parked, and I had a hard time starting it. Then when I tried to drive it, all I could do is smell raw gas.------------------------ I have replaced the fuel tank, fuel pump assembly, any and all parts attached to fuel tank. (very expensive). On researching the problem, I have found that there are many other owners complaining of this problem. I have owned this vehicle since February 2011, I have not been in any accidents since buying this vehicle. In fact, upon learning of mechanical issues I try to have them fixed as soon as possible. (however, I was given an orange title. Which at the time, I did not fully understand what it meant.) yet, the vehicle drove with just minor problems, such as: Brakes, timing belt, fuel filter, oil changes, etc). This has been the most expensive and most damaging problem with the vehicle.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 182013

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
Have a 2002 Kia Sportage. Brake line was leaking, went to mechanic and was informed that the whole frame was rotted away and was not repairable and was unsafe to drive as the brake lines were also rotted and whole car could buckle if in an accident or hit anything. Called Kia and was told nothing they can do. Have a 2000 Chrysler with more miles and not a spot rust. Now I need to find a new vehicle asap, an expense I can't afford but need to get to work. Kia will not help at all, guess they have our money so we're on our own. This is unacceptable, Kia knows about the problem and will do nothing. Have done research online and there are thousands of people who have the same problem. These cars are death traps, if your unaware your brakes can go or if in an accident seriously injured or even death. The NHTSA should force Kia to recall these vehicles before someone gets killed or kills someone else. I have seen numerous complaints filed with the NHTSA and domt know why they allow Kia to ignore this serious issue. Their are recalls issued for less serious problems, this one peoples lives are at stake. Please do something about this before its too late.

- Highland Lakes, NJ, USA

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