definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,000 miles

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1998 Kia Sportage fuel system problems

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012005

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


The contact stated the check engine light illuminated. A diagnostic test indicated it was the maximum airflow unit. The vehicle hesitated while driving at any speed. The vehicle has not been inspected by a dealer to determine the exact problem with the vehicle. Updated 12/7/2005.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 012003

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 64,000 miles
Engine connectors C144 (throttle position sensor), C129 (mass air flow sensor) and C146 (idle speed actuator) lose circuit continuity with movement of the engine causing engine hesitation, loss of power and false "check engine light " indication on the instrument panel. Wiggling the appropriate connector restores continuity temporarily but it will recur again shortly within a day or two of operating the vehicle.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Dec 132001

(reported on)

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
I can send you a email I sent to channel 7 out here in denver colo. No safety defect stated in summary.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #1

Nov 111999

Sportage 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While accelerating in reverse vehicle cuts off. Vehicle has been brought to the dealership 3 times for this problem. Fuel injection system was changed twice. Also, the moulding around the sparks plugs broke loose, and it was replaced. Consumer is still experiencing stalling problems. Shield over the catalytic converter replaced. The rear latch for the spare cable rusted and came out upon pulling, the mounting for the rear wheel has released itself while vehicle is in motion.

- Markham, IL, USA

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