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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
200,000 miles

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2005 Kia Sportage body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 242013


  • 200,000 miles


Purchased 2005 (new) right from the showroom. Eight years later find out that the rear subframe is completely rotted out. And that's putting it mildly. Brought it to Kia dealership to have them look at it. Said they never seen anything like it before. Told me it was unsafe to drive, that if the frame broke in half the back tires would fall off. Only thing holding it on is the trailing arms. Claim was filed but Kia wont do anything because of the miles on the vehicle and said that it was from the salt on the road in the winter. Only problem is that's the only part under the vehicle that's rotted and everything else is solid without rust. Hmmmm!!!! I hope that an investigation is opened because this is a serious matter and Kia doesn't want to take responsibility for it. Ive taken pictures and everyone that I've shown cant believe there eyes, saying there's no way a vehicle of this year should the subframe look like that. Kia said they've had a lot of complaints about rust but this can't even be considered rust the holes are so...oooo big I could put my fist through it. Please investigate this matter before someone gets seriously hurt or killed. This is no laughing matter!!!!!

- Central Bridge, NY, USA

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