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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,970 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Kia Sportage electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 202007

Sportage 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 58,909 miles


2002 Kia Sportage, in February '07 while driving the radio went out, & with the dash board lights failing. Pulled over, turned car off. Attempted V to restart, the car did not start. Had car towed & manually checked battery thinking that was the problem. Next day car started up immediately, and taken to dealership for further check-up. The dealership charged me $248 for the diagnostic test & then placement of a new battery, which was said to be the cause. Weeks later on March 31 car did the same with the radio and the dashboard lights. The car jerked about 30 miles. When I would pull over to the side of the road it seemed to regain its strength, but once I continued to drive, it started to jerk again, with the oil odometer went up/down! took car to dealership, it jerked in there. When the service workers went to the car, I was told, no problems driving the car, & the diagnostic test showed nothing was wrong. The car stayed at the dealership Saturday-Thursday, with no problems. The service manager asked if she could drive it home. She said the car drove fine and put 40 miles on car. It was fine on Thursday when I picked it up. Drove Saturday and car had same problems. Headlights & dashboard lights went out. At 5 am this was scary & unsafe, some cars didn't see me, even with the hazards on. With radio out & car jerking all the way home. On Monday, went to leave and car did not start. Towed to Kia for the 3rd time in a month. Car started, but some 2001 & 2002 Sportage models had a main engine wiring tear and "the whole harnessed had to be ordered. It will take about 6 hours to install. It would be in on Wednesday April 11, 2007. This was the 3rd time in a month the car had been in the shop, I paid for a battery & the problem persisted. I it was a cop-out for the actual problem. Was inconvenienced without a car & a hard time getting a loaner. Did not have a car for over 7 days. I want fair treatment on a car that I' was paying ample amount of money.

- Philadelphia , PA, USA

problem #2

May 062005

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2002 Kia Sportage. This vehicle was purchased new. I have had numerous problems with this vehicle, too numerous to list. You are welcomed and encouraged to contact williamsburg crysler Jeep Kia for all of the vehicles information. The problems with this vehicle started within a week of purchase and continue to today. At this writing this vehicle is currently in the shop having to have been towed in on Friday 05/06/ 05. I just got the vehicle back on tueday 05/02/05. I have approximately 10 pages on the dates and the work that has been done since the vehicle was purchased. I have been in touch with the complaint department with Kia and I was told nothing could be done to help me but to continue to send it to the dealership to have it fixed. My warranty expires on this vehicle in approximately 6000 more miles. With the amount of problems that I am currently having and the problems in the past I am worried what will happen when the warranty expires. Thank you for your time in this matter. Please feel free to contact the dealership and/or me.

- Saluda, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 272004

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
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

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