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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,572 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.

2013 Kia Sportage engine problems

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2013 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 062016


  • 57,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Kia Sportage. While driving approximately 40 mph and approaching a ramp, the vehicle shut down without warning. The vehicle was coasted over to the side of the road and restarted. The check engine and oil indicators illuminated. The vehicle was driven to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine had blown and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 57,000.

- Imperial, MO, USA

problem #4

Mar 162016


  • miles
The contact owned a 2013 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the brakes were making an abnormal noise and were rusting. In addition, the vehicle was leaking fluid from the radiator. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that brake fluid was needed and the brakes needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 012014


  • 14,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Kia Sportage. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost power and would not accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the turbo voltage regulator needed to be adjusted. The turbo voltage regulator was adjusted but the failure later recurred. The contact indicated that the failure had occurred on multiple occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 14,000.

- Malden, MA, USA

problem #2

Jul 022015


  • 19,932 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Kia Sportage. While performing maintenance on the vehicle, the independent mechanic noticed that the upper and lower engine oil pan and seal were leaking oil. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 19,932.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 272015


  • 16,928 miles
When you climb hills like the one on interstate 20 or a small incline in our driveway the car want go the gas is mashed to the floor and instead of the car speeding up it slows down. Doing 80 I-20 start up hill slows down to below 60mph. When you to start out of the drive way or from a stop sign you just barley mash the gas the car takes off likes its going to the fire. Drive the car 2 1/2 miles and it will use 3/4 tank of gas. Brakes grab when roads are not wet they are dry as the desert. 01-28-2015 jt's Kia, the place we bought it from, said, "they found nothing wrong with the car and they did not do any work to the car 01-28-2015 got the car back from jt's they did do something about the brakes and the gas because the brakes are tighter than they were before we took it to them and the gas hand doesn't move like it did. It still loses power going up hills on I-20 but not as bad as it did of course they weren't any as step as the one around exit 11 the grainteville exit. The car has a problem please help us I don't want my mother or my 14 yr old daughter hurt or killed because this is the only transportation we have and my 84 yr old mother whom bought this car and is scared to drive it because she is afraid that she & or my 14 yr daughter is going to be hurt real bad or maybe even killed in this car. Please help us. Place of purchase jt's Kia 230 killian commons parkway columbia, SC 29203 (803) 509-5555 the owner [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Batesburg, SC, USA

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