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7.3

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,289 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 #9

Oct 272004

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles

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

The left front rotors were defective. This was discovered during vehicle inspection. The vehicle was serviced at least twenty times for other defects. No service for the brakes. There was a short in the wiring in the shock arms, a problem with the catalytic converter, rattling in the exhaust system, license plate lights were inoperative due to rotted sockets, wheel bearings were extremely loose, pulling to the right, the right rear power window was inoperative, check engine light had come on possibly due to a small leak or a loose gas cap, transmission hang up when cold, bad front brakes, crack in dash, cup holder was broken, tailpipe rusted and fell off, when the heater and defrost was on the A/C would come on, the consumer would get shock when exiting the vehicle, intermittently both rear window would not go up or down, and the left rear window was totally inoperative. (there was no power when going up hill)

- Millport, NY, USA

problem #8

Aug 172004

Sportage 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,000 miles
Brake rotors were replaced four times due to warping. Consumer has to have them replaced every three months.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #7

Dec 212002

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Several months after the purchase of my 2002 Kia Sportage my brakes started to pulsate, I took it to the dealer they said my brakes were warped and needed replacing. Rotors and pads in front have been replaced now 4 times in 16 months!

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #6

Oct 142003

(reported on)

Sportage 4-cyl

  • miles

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

Front end of vehicle shakes when brakes are applied. The front rotors continued to warp. There have been three repair attempts.

- Lake Park, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 232003

(reported on)

Sportage

  • 900 miles
Brakes warped since consumer owned vehicle. After repair the brakes would warp again. This pattern continued until the dealership decided to keep the truck for further repairs.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #4

Sep 122003

(reported on)

Sportage

  • 3,000 miles
When the brake pedal is depressed, they fail to stop the vehicle due to the rotors warping. This results in extended stopping distance. Also, the 5 speed standard transmission would not go into second gear and needed replacement. The rear end also makes a popping/clucking noise and the vehicle will jerk forward hard when the noise occurs. The cause of the failures is undetermined.

- Lincoln, IL, USA

problem #3

Apr 172003

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,699 miles

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

Consumer states that since buying the vehicle in January of 2003 rotors have been replaced twice in that time. The faulty rotors caused vibration while braking. The rotors were replaced once at 5699 miles and again at 8694 miles. When the engine was started all the doors locked, but when it was damp outside the locks worked intermittently. The driver's side wiper washer was not working as well as the passenger side. The dealer readjusted it. There was a rattling in the dash on the drivers side below the air vent.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #2

Mar 172003

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I bought a Kia Sportage in April 2002. Since then, the car has been brought back to the Kia service center on four separate occasions for the same problem. The engine will sputter, the car shakes, the rpms go to 0 and the header pipe glows red hot (literally), and all of a sudden the car will lose 75% of its power. This is dangerous. This car has maybe 10,000 miles on it and it was bought brand new. This is ridiculous and not acceptable. The service center has replaced the rotors (keep in mind this is on 10,000 miles), the catalytic converter, head pipe, muffler and the rest of the entire exhaust system, and spark plugs. Up to this date, they have not found the problem and even as I type this, the car is sitting in the service center the fourth time. I was given a rental vehicle the third time. But this time, they have not given me a rental or replacement vehicle because two are out of commission due to accidents and one is currently being used. They say that they have to hook the car up to a computer and drive it numerous mile to record data. I just want a car that works.

- Lancaster , PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012002

Sportage

  • miles
Brake rotors were warped excessively and had to be replaced at 5000 miles.

- Lebanon, IN, USA

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