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6.5

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,000 miles

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2006 Kia Sportage lights problems

lights problem

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2006 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 082007

Sportage

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that the brake lights failed to illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and a dealer on numerous occasions where the brake lights were replaced, but the failure recurred after each repair. The contact also stated that the ESC warning light continuously illuminated. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09V130000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Corpus Cristi, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 012014

Sportage 4-cyl

  • miles
I believe this topic has never been addressed and this issue has caused many accidents in the past because of visibility. This is in reference to all vehicles with plastic headlight covers. They become very cloudy and diminish the brightness to the point where visibility is greatly impaired. In the past they were made of glass and were always bright and clear. I believe they should be bright and clear for the life of the car. There are after market cleaners and polishes that don't really work. They need to be made of glass or plastic that doesn't get cloudy.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 022010

Sportage 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
2006 Kia Sportage ex with V-6 has a habit of completely shutting down electrically, killing the engine and thus all lights, power assist to steering/brakes, etc. Previously this occurred only when taking off from a stop (previously reported). This time our daughter was driving at highway speeds at night in the middle of Utah when this occurred again. She was able to get it off the highway safely without incident in complete darkness and no power assists. Car was running on cruise control so no driver function could have caused the incident. No warning such as engine stumble, flickering lights, etc, , it just shut off!!! once safely stopped, our daughter was able to restart the car and get to the destination without incident. Dealer is aware of this problem but is unable to fix it. Only has been taken to dealer for repairs.

- Littleton, CO, USA

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