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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,016 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.

2005 Kia Sportage brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 072012

Sportage 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


I was driving and the vehicle would not brake, and steered right while driving 40-50 mph, hitting the curb and almost collided with another vehicle. Definite defect in the steering/fuel/brakes/electronicstabilitycontrol, and other minor mechanical malfunctions.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 262010


  • 92,047 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sportage. While driving at approximately 45 mph, the electronic stability program indicator would illuminate intermittently which she noticed since January 2010. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were 92,047.

- Terrell, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 072009


  • 41,000 miles
During all of the 5 incidents in 2009 the engine misfired violently. At times 35mph was max speed. Cronin Kia had my vehicle over 30 days in 5 visits in 2009. They have replaced; two cat. Converters, the ignition coil pack and spark plugs, a leaking fuel injector and associated wiring. Please note the error codes for visits 1 and 5 (3/17/09 and 7/14/09); P0300-P0303-P0305-P0273. Visit number1 also had codes; P0420-P0430 and P0170. The duplicate codes indicate the problem affects "bank 1 only. Code P0170 spells out the problem; "fuel trim malfunction-bank 1".the destroyed catalytic converters were the result of the fuel trim problem. The same for the leaking fuel injector. I believe it is only a matter of time before the other bank 1 injectors fail. The fuel trim must be a function of the vehicle's computer. I believe the "bank 1 fuel trim malfunction" and/or the electronic stabilization program (esp) and/or the vehicle's computer are the source of this dangerous problem. There is a recall on the esp; SC-044 - March, 2005. "the esp system may cause the engine to reduce power and may cause a braking action at one of the wheels". "brake application caused by inadvertent esp activation may result in loss of control and a crash".the front brake pads on my vehicle were worn out at 41,000 miles. I asked Kia customer service in an initial letter if this was premature. Of course, I received no answer. After the number 5 incident(July, 2009) the engine would stall even after a leaking fuel injector and associated wiring were replaced. It stalled less than a mile from cronin and three times the next day. During the number 5 incident the esp shut itself off; "esp off" appeared in the instrument panel. I passed this information to jeff wyler Kia service department. This was ignored. The final (number 6) attempt to repair the problem consisted of a joy ride after which they declared; "all operations are normal" they consider this problem amusing. They refused to contact Kia!

- Harrison, OH, USA

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