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

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1998 Kia Sportage fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 122011

Sportage 4-cyl

  • miles


Fuel tank is leaking, widespread problem, Kia will only replace tank if the leak is on the very bottom of tank. They are saying mine is leaking at the seam. I very dangerous problem no matter where the tank is leaking. I only hope noone has a fire because of it. I have to pay the extremely expensive bill. I was told not only do I need the tank I will need the fuel pump assembly also and possibly more parts. The total approximately $1000 to have installed. This is bs an outrage. Had I known the problem with the Kia's I would never have purchased it.

- Berlin, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 282006

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I noticed a smell gas near the passenger door at the rear of the car. I look underneath and there was a leak of gas underneath. My mechanic has replaced something under it 2 X and it is leaking again.

- Goodview, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 021998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Damper failed.

- Encino, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 121998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When consumer is at a stop sign and then accelerates, the vehicle does not move at all like there is no gas in the vehicle while the engine is still running. Dealer and manufacturer were contacted. Vehicle idled low, when first started in the am vehicle had no power and stumbled until it warmed up, dealer stated the iac would not open, check engine light illuminated due to the tps sensor being out of specifications. Tail light lens cracked and the dash light dimmer switch fell in the dash. Vehicle stalled due to ignition coil and spark plugs, vehicle backfired and hesitated, dealer rerouted the wiring harness and repaired the pin connectors. Vehicle overheated due to a crack in the cylinder head. Passenger side front door rattled when closing and the window was down, dealer stated this was normal. Carpet on the passenger side floor would not lie flat. Rear hatch would not pop after being unlocked, there was an internal leak from the seal. On two separate occasions, the A/C leaked on the passenger floorboard, dealer replaced the evaporator.

- Delrey Beach, FL, USA

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