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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,667 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.

2006 Kia Sportage steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 292015


  • 119,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sportage. While driving at 30 mph, the power steering failed and the alternator light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the engine crank shaft pulley detached and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 119,000.

- West Minister, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 122014

Sportage 4-cyl

  • miles
Riding down chadds Ford pa route one 6/12/14 ( Thursday) when my car started to shake out of control had pulled over in the middle of afternoon traffic. Only to find out that the passenger side back tie rod came apart.. the outer threads were stripped. I have a picture.

- Wilmington , DE, 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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