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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,338 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.

2007 Kia Sportage engine problems

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2007 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 192011

Sportage 6-cyl

  • miles


Drivine on road approx speed 35 miles per hour and experienced burning smell. The temperature gauge immediately went from the middle of the gauge to hot. I pulled out of the road as soon as this happened and the steering wheel locked up. I exited the vehicle immediately as there were large billows of smoke coming from the engine. There was fire under the right front side of the vehicle. I called 911 who sent the local fire department. The car was completely in flames within 2 minutes and it took the fire department approximately 10 minutes to arrive and put out the flames. The flames were present to the back seat and the only portion of the vehicle intact was the rear of the vehicle.

- La Grange, KY, USA

problem #1

Jul 012011

Sportage 6-cyl

  • 54,675 miles
I drove from avondale, Arizona to Chicago, Illinois for a summer stay exactly 6 weeks ago, my 2007 Kia Sportage continues to stall and turn off while idling or in traffic after 1 month and 3 attempts to have Kia repair it. I decided to do a search online tonight and see if anyone else was having the same problem and eureka!  this apparently is an ongoing problem with Kia based on the number of owners complaining about their cars stalling while driving and being unable to be repaired!  it's back at a Kia dealership for the 4th time in a month since yesterday 7/1/11!  somebody is going to get killed if there haven¿T been deaths already! my car is a 4 wheel drive with a 6L engine that I purchased in October 2007with 3,040 miles on it is still under Kia's advertised warrenty (the very reason I bought the car in the first place), I have had no problems with it until now and have had regular maintenance.   I drove from phoenix, Arizona to Chicago, Illinois over the course of 3 days from May 9th to May 12th.  2 weeks later,   (May 21st) without any other indications,   it began to stall and shut off while in traffic,   the initial engine  shut off was while stopped for a traffic light coming home from lunch out with a friend no engine lights no warning, it stalled again when pulling in to park at her house that same evening.   I could just turn the ignition off and back on and the engine restarted both times but I ended the outing and went home worried because I didn¿T want to be caught out at dusk in Chicago with a stalled car.  I called evergreen Kia the next morning May 23th and spoke with brian bozer explained  the problem  it was presenting and was advised to bring the car in.  at my brother's suggestion I then took it to the auto zone down the street  at 76th and stoney island and the technician there used a handheld diagnostic meter and received a code of PO711,   I took the receipt with the code from the auto zone and the car in at 8am on May 23th, it stalled once.

- Avondale, AZ, USA

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