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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,000 miles

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2002 Kia Sportage drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #1

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

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