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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,078 miles

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2012 Kia Sportage steering problems

steering problem

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2012 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 202014

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 6,955 miles


At approximately 5:30am, I was driving down the freeway. My Kia Sportage suddenly made a loud bang, and the engine stalled. It also shut off the headlights, and disabled the power steering, while on a curve, going 70mph. The power assisted brakes were also not working, because the engine shut down. I managed to pull the vehicle over without incident, but was almost hit by several vehicles that could no longer see me, because my lights were off. The engine would not start up again, and I had to have the vehicle towed home. This is the 3rd time this vehicle has done this, and Kia refuses to repair the vehicle.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 312011


  • 1,200 miles
While traveling at highway speeds, or any speed above 30mph on a straight road vehicle requires constant correction to track vehicle in a straight line. Without constant correction, the vehicle would leave the road surface. The resistance to steering pressure in correlation to speed does not seem properly programmed for vehicle. The best way to describe this is to drive a car that would otherwise track down the road correctly, now throw control arms with worn out bushings and ball joints. It acts exactly like that, except a car with worn out control arm bushings and ball joints would in no way shape or form pass a safety inspection in any state. This problem, on trips over 45 minutes excessively fatigues the driver. (I thought I was going crazy on a 4.5 hour trip mostly expressway speeds) over 80mph this problem seems to be eliminated...but not worth the endangerment of others using the roadway.

- Farmington, NH, USA

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