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4.8

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,270 miles

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2002 Kia Sportage exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2002 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #2

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 #1

Apr 102003

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 8,540 miles
Rattle/vibration from under vehicle when shifting from high gear to low and visa versa. Car has been in shop 4 times. A new converter was put on with no results. Another converter was ordered (so I was told) never happened. The straw that broke the camels back was when I was told that there was nothing wrong with my car. The noise that I hear is the exhaust gases flowing through the exhaust system!! I was told that every car makes a distinctive and unique sound depending upon the maker ie: Asian, european and american!"!?!" a complaint has been filed with BBB. This is a 2002 Sportage bought in November 2001. The car has only 10,000 miles on it.8ak

- Albany, NY, USA

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