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8.2

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,429 miles

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2002 Kia Sportage exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2002 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 152002

Sportage

  • Manual transmission
  • 16,000 miles

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

Been having air condition issues since 12/02 the problem is still not corrected. The ac problem has been long and on going. There is like a fog coming out of it once it has been on and then you hit the ac button off and some white flakes come out of it. The blower motor has been replaced in it. It was making moisture under my dashbroad on the passenger side. Still waiting for that to be done. Apparently they put the car up on racks uped the rpms and say that where the pressure should be at is not. It exceeds where it should be. Waiting for those parts to come in. Had issues with exhaust had entire new exhaust put on the car through out the month of August 03. Was done in pieces because instead of checking the entire system they saw one problem fixed that and told me it was complete. Well the noise continued took it back and under the heat manafold there was another probelm. Needless to say once a week for the month of August expect for the week I was on vacation. Have had power window issues with two windows not rolling down, was unable to duplicate the first time so sent me on my way and had to bring it back when they could witness the problem. Cup holder has broken, dome light, latch on back seat replaced. Fan cracked in 3 spots. Belts have had to be replaced after a 30000 mile checkup and power flush turn on the car and loud noise coming from engine. Was told that belts were loose. They should have been checked twice one wiht each service that was done. $600 service. They took it back and tightened them so they said. Next day noise again from them. Took it back into the dealer they had to be completely replaced.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 152003

Sportage

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,716 miles
Rattle/vibratin coming from under car. Convertor replaced with no results. Told convertors are defective. The rattle /vibration happens every time I shift from low gear to high gear or visa-versa. They will not do transmission diagnostics. I was told that it was the resonance(sp?) in the exhaust system, this noise is normal.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Sep 182002

(reported on)

Sportage

  • miles
While traveling and without any indication engine indicator light flashed.dealer has been contacted. Technician stated that when light flashed on it indicated emission problem.

- Danver, MA, USA

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