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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,650 miles

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2005 Kia Sportage body / paint problems

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2005 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 222016


  • 117,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that the entire subframe under the vehicle was corroded. In addition, there was a hole in the fuel tank line and the catalytic converter brake line. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the vehicle was badly corroded. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 117,000.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 252015


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sportage. While getting the vehicle inspected, the inspector notified the contact that the cross member was beginning to rust. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 119,000.

- Pottsville, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 302013


  • 78,600 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that when accessing the rear liftgate, one of the two hinges fractured, causing it to release abruptly onto his left arm. The contact suffered from lacerations and bruising to the left arm. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where both liftgate hinges were replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 78,600.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 292006

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I was involved in 2 low impact crashes with this Kia Sportage 2005 model. One was a rear end collision at 20 mph and the other I was hit from the side in a parking lot. Both times the other driver drove away without damage. I suffered 3500 dollars worth of damage from the first incident and 7500 from the second. The vehicle was not drivable both times. Airbags never deployed. I am very concerned as are other individuals who witnessed the incidents that if the speed had been any greater the personal injury would have been great. I have never had a vehicle sustain so much damage from what should have been fender benders.

- League City , TX, USA

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