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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
29,196 miles

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2002 Kia Sportage fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 302009


  • 87,589 miles


2002 Kia Sportage shoots gas back out of tank while fueling. After fueling (tank is empty)for a few seconds pump shuts off and fuel shoots back out of tank. Gas shoots out at a rate that causes it to spill over to the ground. Can not fill ore than $5 dollars worth of gas without an overflow.

- Gary, IN, USA

problem #2

Mar 272009


  • miles
I read a forum about defective 2002 Kia Sportage fuel tanks, ,, and I wanted to add my name to the list of defective tanks.....

- North Bay, 00, USA

problem #1

Nov 072002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer called complaining about having problems with the gas tank also states that everytime he is filling the tank on the vehicle gas spills right over it with out the gas tank being full. Dealer was contacted and stated that a new gas tank was suppose to be put in but consumer states that the problem is still there.

- Livingston, TX, USA

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