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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,614 miles

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2009 Kia Sportage miscellaneous problems

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2009 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 212016


  • 90,000 miles


While driving down a highway at 60 mph on a sunny, windy day the hood flew open and smashed against the front of the car's roof. That shattered the plastic eyeglass holder on the roof interior and dented/mangled the hood. The hood latch is supposed to be a failsafe redundant mechanism that should never, under any condition, allow this to happen. There is a recall on the sorento's related to the malfunction of a defective hood latch design due to binding from corrosion in states that use winter road salt such as pa. This is a pa vehicle. Fortunately, no other vehicle was struck and the driver maintained sufficient control to safely stop.

- Mcmurray, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 262010


  • 9,228 miles
I bought a new Kia Sportage & it has been in the shop 25 days in March, 22 days in April of 2010. The car dies as you are driving & when it begins to go it hops & does not want to go. I have has this car in the shop 6 times since the end of Feb. 2010.

- Winchester, VA, USA

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