really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Kia Sportage electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 062002


  • miles


Ditto on all the other electrical problems listed at this site. Engine stalling while in motion, sluggishness, either revved up so high you think its gonna blow to not idling at all and cutting off. My left turn signal chassis even flew off while on the interstate please lets take action. We do not need a death to make Kia hear us. We could all send a certified letter to Mr. Peter butterfield, Kia motors America, 9801 muirlands blvd, irvine ca 92618. We could reference in response to his interview to automotivenews.com about Kia wants to grow up. It is written in this article how he wants Kia to be known for quality and safety. I want him to know that we can't drive our Kia's for fear of our lives and no one at Kia is responding to our complaints. Here is a sampling of referenced article: Peter butterfield wants Kia motors America Inc. To achieve Toyota-level quality scores in five years. He also wants to evolve from being a used-vehicle alternative to a purchase linked in the consumers' mind to value, safety and quality. (end of sample) if he really wants this to happen, he will take our problems seriously and do something about them. Let's make some noise! thank you.

- Mableton, GA, USA

problem #2

Nov 142000

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
The car has on going problems. I have been telling Kia's mechanics that I have been experiencing the same problems over and over. 1) electrical-power surges, loss of power while driving, fuses blowing! Kia replaced the battery and said it should be fine now but it started doing it again! went in for a recall on mcc and ended up doing other recalls that I never received! now, the problem is worse! fuses are blowing! I have been told they cant find the problem to there is nothing wrong with the car! basically, I am under the assumption they cant find it until something really goes wrong. Well, it has! the loss of power is ten times worse! I fear for any life while the vehicle is in operation! this is my first car and I am a young female! so, I feel like I am being blown off and such when dealing with the mechanics. 2) braking has been wierd also! feels like it takes along time to come to complete stop! I am afraid that when Kia fixes the problem it isn't really fixed because I keep having problems with the car and they seem to be the same ones. I feel like I have no recourse! I need the assistance of someone to help me! I have talk ed to many Kia owners and they experience the same problems! they also have gotten no satisfaction! all that we can say as consumers is that we will never buy a Kia again! help us!

- Keene, NH, USA

problem #1

May 011999


  • miles
Fuse box will not close. Nlm

- Mount Vern, NY, USA

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