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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,137 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2002 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 042004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,377 miles


While rolling up the front driver side power window, the window fell back down with great force without warning. As a result the window was inoperative.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #7

Dec 152002


  • Manual transmission
  • 16,000 miles
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 #6

Mar 152003


  • 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 #5

Apr 252002

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Have had brakes worked on 5 times in past year, air conditioner smells musty every time you turn it on, gas warning light doesn't work, right rear window didn't work for over a year.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 242003

(reported on)

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Problems with air bag light, and windows on Kia Sportage. Also problem with a cracked motor head.

- Stephens City, VA, USA

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problem #3

Sep 012002


  • miles
Driver's rear power window motor failed.

- Lebanon, IN, USA

problem #2

Apr 202002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear passenger's side power window has stopped working. Window has been repaired 3 times.

- Palmbay, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 032002


  • miles
Back power widows will not go down when botton is pushed.

- Green Wood, SC, USA

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