really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,667 miles

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 222001

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,000 miles


Over the span of the last 1 1/2 years I have had the following problems *rear seat belts locked up wouldn't loosen far enough to get my child out of the car. *front seat belts (both) would come open while the vehicle was in motion. *drivers side door wouldn't latch when trying to close it, had to jiggle the inside handle *spare tire arm wouldn't stay in the locked position when open. Still won't *four wheel drive wouldn't engage *lifter noise--collapsed lifter *head warped *check engine light had come on a few times holders (front and rear) fell apart *outside trim was fallling off.

- Ritzville, WA, USA

problem #2

Oct 312001


  • miles
The air condition was not cooling the vehicle, the engine light illuminated and it was determined the gas cap was loose, there was an electrical short in the windows which caused them not to work, the purge valve leaked, the hold light flashed at times, the left rear door did not open from the inside, it was discovered the door lock was out of adjustment, the cup holder was coming apart, the brakes were noisy and the master cylinder was leaking.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 012001


  • miles
Front passenger door does not latch correctly. When opening door consumer has to pull up on the door. Took vehicle to dealer, and they replaced vehicle with another same make and model. Consumer states new vehicle is duplicating the same problem.

- Mcallen, TX, USA

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