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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,298 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Kia Sportage transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 152008

Sportage 4WD

  • 117,000 miles


Four wheel drive on 2002 Kia Sportage. It locks up and the only way to fix this is to unhook hoses when not in use and to hook the hoses up when needed.

- Sonora, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 072004

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving from 5 to 65 mph on a normal road conditions, all dash lights dimed completely. The horn was also affected by the electrical failure. The engine started to shake up and the steering became difficult until the vehicle completely stalled. There was also a problem with the automatic transmission. The vehicle was taken to the dealership who was apprehensive to accept the vehicle for repairs. Based on the power train warranty, the vehicle was accepted for inspection.

- Mancos, CO, USA

problem #6

Jun 162006

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
In September 04, my 2002 Kia Sportage check engine light illuminated. Replacement parts for coil assembly was installed. Two weeks later same problems. The car would shake violently and stall shortly after acceleration. Still continue to get check engine light, (misfires) I am now having trouble with power of engine, transmission not engaging after shifting. After acceleration car shakes and stalls, won't restart for quite some time.

- Mancos, CO, USA

problem #5

Dec 292004

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


The caller said H transmission shifts gears without warning. It jerked and shook when shifting gears. It happened when decelerating. Brought vehicle dealer 5 times, but they could not find whats wrong with it. The check engine light was on all the time except when he took it to the dealer. The last time he had it to dealer the light went off for about 3 weeks, and yesterday the light was back on. Dealer said they will try to get someone from the manufacturer to look at the vehicle, but no one has come yet. Dealer did a diagnostic, and fixed what it showed, but the light on the dashboard came back on after 30 miles of driving.

- Jennings, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 172005

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
30 seconds after consumer parked and exited the vehicle it rolled approximately 10 feet and collided with another vehicle while it was reversing. The cause of the failure has yet to be determined.

- Paramus, NJ, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Dec 312002


  • 2,380 miles
2002 Kia Sportage. (nar) first oil change, filter replacement, lube, rattling noise under steering wheel, sluggish transmission shifting and excessive brake residue on right front wheel.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When transmission shifts between 1st-2nd and 2nd-3rd gears it makes a loud squealing noise.

- Lebanon, IN, USA

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