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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,500 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 #2

Feb 142005

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 55,000 miles


: the contact stated while traveling 35 mph uphill on icy road conditions with the 4WD engaged, the vehicle began to slide. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who determined that the brake booster cable, vacuum hose, wheel bearings had failed. Each component was replaced on separate occasions. The 4WD was replaced 3 times, but the problem persisted. The service dealer expressed to the contact that there were many vehicles of the same make and model with 4WD problems.

- Winthrop, WA, USA

problem #1

Aug 022002

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
I was wondering if you would know where I can get my vehicle tested for health issues. I purchased a 2002 Kia Sportage at the end of January 2002. I have a complaint about my vehicle that the dealership does not seem to be able to fix. It has a very strong odor that is coming into the vehicle through the air vents. The dealership has replaced the catalytic converter but it has not helped at all. The dealership does not know what the problem is. I finally got them to go for a test drive with me and had them smell the odor just last week. I had been trying to get them to go for a test drive with me since May 2002. My vehicle has 15000 miles on it so it is to late for me to get the manufacturer to purchase the vehicle back under the Oregon lemon law. I tried to go through the arbitration process before I hit 12,000 miles but the person I spoke to said I did not have a case because I only had service orders for 2 of the 4 times I took the vehicle in for the odor. The dealership did not write up a service order for the smell until the 3rd time I took the car to them. I am hoping that you or someone you know might be able to help me with this problem. I do not think that the smell is very safe for my children and myself to be smelling. It happens every time I drive my vehicle. The brakes build up a black dust that is very excessive around the rim of my front tires within 6 months they were 30 percent warn.

- Sheridan, OR, USA

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