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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,410 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.

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2008 Kia Sportage transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #2

May 162010

Sportage 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


Transmission "slams" when shifting from 2nd to 3rd after it has a chance to warm up. This occurs from either a stand-still or when it has been rolling and shifts to a higher gear. I have taken it to the dealership and they are not aware of any other issues of this type, but I had another Kia in the past and the same thing occurred. The dealer is currently looking into what may be causing this issue and are trying to determine if I need a new transmission or not.

- Walkersville, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 152010


  • 30,819 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Kia Sportage. While accelerating from a traffic stop at speeds of 25 mph, the vehicle surged froward as the transmission struggled to change gears. The dealer advised they were aware of the failure however, the manufacture had not yet offered a remedy to correct the issue. The contact stated the vehicle had been serviced by the dealer a total of three times. The dealer reset the vehicle on each occasion. The failure continued to recur intermittently. The failure mileage was 30,819 and the current mileage was 34,000.

- Brewerton, NY, USA

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