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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,760 miles

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2002 Kia Sportage suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 202009


  • 137,280 miles


Vehicle is a 2002 Kia Sportage. Driver noticed slight odd noise coming from car when changing directional gears, or taking off from stops. 2nd from rear crossmember rusted out, but was caught early enough to prevent serious accident. If problem had not been caught early axle could have shifted causing serious accident. Crossmember supports gas tank and keeps rear drive axle in place. Old crossmember will be cut out and new welded back in.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 012005

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The contact stated the rear end of her vehicle was uncontrollable at times. This happened for only a few seconds. It felt as though the vehicle hit a patch of ice. The vehicle has been to the dealership, but they have been unable to diagnose the cause of the problem. This happened at different speeds.

- Scammon, KS, USA

problem #1

Sep 122003

(reported on)


  • 3,000 miles
When the brake pedal is depressed, they fail to stop the vehicle due to the rotors warping. This results in extended stopping distance. Also, the 5 speed standard transmission would not go into second gear and needed replacement. The rear end also makes a popping/clucking noise and the vehicle will jerk forward hard when the noise occurs. The cause of the failures is undetermined.

- Lincoln, IL, USA

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