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

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1998 Kia Sportage windows / windshield problems

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1998 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 272001

Sportage 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Oxygen sensor has been replaced three times after routine service was performed. Consumer also stated the wipers were not clearing windshield, windows go up slowly, 4-wheel drive was inoperative, vehicle was loosing power steering, dealer replaced the fan belt, air condition was inoperative, wheel bearing were loose, weatherstrip was replaced, the engine boggs down while driving, front brakes were noisy.

- Berkley, MA, USA

problem #4

May 091999


  • miles
Vehicle has air leakage through windshield and when on highway speed in rocks. Defrost does not work properly a fan is always running with either hot/cold. The seat belt locks on you at any time. The breaks make a grinding noise.

- Floresville, TX, USA

problem #3

May 232000

(reported on)


  • miles
The window seals on the door failure caused the air kept coming in.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 251999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
Front windshield has air leaks & at high speeds the wind is annoying. The front passenger seat belt locks into place as soon as the passenger clamps into place. One doesn't have to press brake peddle for it to tighten around person. When driving and particularly engaging the clutch to down shift the gear linkage disengages and the gears can't be located especially in second, third or fourth gears and because of such has almost caused three crashes. We had this checked by the dealer and they said they found nothing wrong with the gear shifting mechanism. I beg to differ because I drive that car every day and I've driven many manual shift transmissions cars and I believe that after driving for sometime (I.e., one to two hours) the transmission heats up and causes problems with gear selection.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #1

Mar 031999

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
We have an antifreeze problem still to this day; our brakes still are squealing now; it didn't start twice; ice builds up where the door and the car come together-damaging door; has iced over inside the car; windows would never clear off-couldn't see anything while driving; didn't idle properly-and still doesn't

- Malone, NY, USA

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