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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,333 miles

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2002 Kia Sportage lights problems

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2002 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 182013


  • 150,000 miles


Both of my headlights stopped working during a heavy rain and at night but the parking lights were still working. We assumed it was because the light bulbs needed changed. When we changed the bulbs, the headlight plug on the driver side was melted from a possible short in the wiring and corroded, the passenger side is dry rotted. We changed the bulbs thinking that was the only problem, but nothing was wrong with the bulbs we took out. The passenger light never fully works, it always has a dim ready to go out look. Then on June 10 the headlights stopped working again during a rainstorm. Today is June 24 and the headlights are still not working and the headlight bulb is still good. It must be the wiring. We took the bulb out again today the bulb is still good, we plugged them back into the socket. They are temporarily working. However this is what happened before.

- Sharonville , OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 012011


  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that while attempting to add fuel to her vehicle, the gasoline would spill out. The headlights were also dim, making it impossible to see at night. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified and the vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was approximately 123,000 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Manchester, NH, 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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