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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,150 miles

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2012 Kia Sportage drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2012 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 132016


  • 38,800 miles


Driving approximately 70 mph on the interstate, a loud squeak sound occurred and all of the lights on the dashboard lit up and the engine promptly shut off and has since then been unable to start again. The Kia dealership has informed me that the vehicle has internal engine failure. My concern is driving a vehicle at that speed and having it instantly shut off is a huge safety risk and liability, especially after hearing ir has happened to others with identical vehicles.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #1

Feb 242012


  • 3,500 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that the vehicle proceeded to move forward with the gear placed in park. The contact attempted to stop the vehicle by utilizing the emergency brake. He also opened the driver side door in the event that he would have to jump from the vehicle. The vehicle crashed into two parked vehicles, trapping the contact between the vehicles. The contact received injuries the arms, shoulders and ribs. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic but was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was 3,500.

- Allantown , PA, USA

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