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

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1998 Kia Sportage engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 252003


  • miles


While driving vehicle idled roughly and then stall out.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #3

Feb 212003

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
First of all, my 1998 Kia Sportage has has several (like 4) recalls. When the recall came about the hubs on the 4X4, I took the vehicle in to have the work done. The next winter however, the 4X4 did not work. Thankfully the car was still under warranty and it was fixed under the warranty. Since that time, I have had to have no bearings put into the brakes, new rotators and brake pads twice. In Dec., 2002, I had $500 worth of work done to replace the water pump, the timing belt and other belts that were squeaking. Just today (after just one month ago having $500 worth of work done to the car), my car is now getting hot when it sits and idles. Mind you, I have had this vehicle for 4-1/2 years and the car only has 60,000 miles on it. This car has been a headache from day one and because the car has lost so much value I cannot even trade it off, because I owe more on the car than what it is worth (like $7,000 in the hole).

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 212003


  • miles
Consumer called complaining about having problem with the vehicle stalling while driving. On June 2002, dealer replaced the engine, seven months later problem is recurring.

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #1

Feb 122001

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Dead battery neededs jumped twice -replaced on prorated warranty: Temperature guage would go to cold - shop found nothing wrong.

- Erie, PA, USA

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