hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,461 miles

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2001 Kia Sportage body / paint problems

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 232011

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • 105,280 miles


My 2001 Kia Sportage began to swerve and was all over the road. I brought it to a repair shop that told me the frame was rotted were the stabilizer connected to the chassis. Honda has the same problem and recalled the vehicle.

- Johnston, RI, USA

problem #7

Jul 252010


  • 137,000 miles
1 2001 Kia Sportage driving on highway. Dry pavement. Rear of vehicle sways side to side notice clunking sound intermittent 2. chassis is rotted everytime vehicle driven failure occurs. Turning corners, accelerating, or if bags or luggage are loaded in rear of vehicle. Vehicle sways or feels like you are driving on very low tires in the rear of vehicle. 3.nothing can be done to correct the failure. The rear of the chassis is completely rotted on both chassis rails, also the cross member that stabilizes the rear of the chassis is so rotted there is a 5" oval hole through the cross member. Please look into this problem. The vehicle has been maintained looks great from the top but from underneath you can literally poke holes in the chassis with a screwdriver. Mechanic recommendation : unfit/unsafe for travel on public roads. Vehicle is presently sitting in yard undrivable. I have pics of the rot to send to NHTSA if this will help get investigation started.

- Middleboro, MA, USA

problem #6

Jun 062010


  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Kia Sportage. While the contact was driving approximately 50 mph, the rear end of the vehicle began to fish tail. The vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road and inspected. The vehicle resumed normally at a reduced speed. The failure occurred intermittent. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection where they detected the main frame exhibited excessive rust corrosion near the fuel tank area. Also, the rear brake line was severely corroded. The main frame was ultra thin and damaged beyond repair. The technician replaced the brake line and advised that the vehicle not be driven due to the safety hazard. The failure mileage was approximately 137,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Middleboro, MA, USA

problem #5

Jul 232010


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Kia Sportage. The contact stated while driving approximately 70 mph, she heard an unusual clunk and the brake warning light illuminated. The contact attempted to apply the brakes yet the brake pedal fell much farther into the floorboard than usual. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where she was advised that the frame was severely rusted at the rear cross member. The mechanic stated that when the part fractured from the vehicle, it struck the brake line, causing the failure. The manufacturer offered to take the liability for partial repair costs. The failure and current mileages were approximately 140,000.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #4

Jul 142001


  • 144,642 miles
I was driving home July 14th 2010 when I began to hear a "thud" underneath my 2001 Kia Sportage. It was then that the brake light warning came on. I pressed the brakes, but they were not functioning at all. I had to travel over 20 miles back home on the freeway with no brakes. Luckily, I was able to maneuver the car back with no damage to it, myself, or my two friends who were riding with me. It turns out that what happened was that the frame was rotted out and thus fell suddenly, cutting the brake line. I later learned that the rotting of the frame was due to poor and negligent design. It is completely exposed and has no ventilation to flush out water and salt. It was a miracle that this didn't happen sooner and that I was able to get home with no injuries. Kia later offered to replace the frame with an $1,800 one, but noted that it would cost over $6,000 to have it installed which is simply unreasonable. I am now without a vehicle until further notice.

- Southfield, MI, USA

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problem #3

Mar 152010


  • miles
The whole underbody of a 2001 Kia Sportage is rusting out, especially around the gas tank.

- Magnolia, NJ, USA

problem #2

May 012009


  • 74,000 miles
The frame, behind the rear wheels, rusted to the point of not passing inspection in 2009. It could have led to a problem in an accident with collapse and crushing the gas tank.

- Newport, NH, USA

problem #1

Feb 092010


  • 73,764 miles
Purchased a 2001 Kia Sportage with 55200 miles. Went to Kia dealer because of fuel leak. Technician told me that the frame was so rotted on the vehicle and that if I hit a pot hole that the rear end could let go. The technician told me that from 1995 to 2001 Kia used low grade material on the frames of their vehicles and possibly did not coat them. He told me when he put my car on the lift that there was pieces of the frame dropping on the ground. He said he slightly tapped a hammer against the frame and it made holes. He told me that I should junk the vehicle and gave me paperwork stating the vehicle was unsafe to drive. I also had spoken to the owner of a used car dealership in my area prior to this and he told me that he could not sell the 1999 Kia Sportage that he purchased at auction with approx. 73,000 due to the frame rotting out. I could have been seriously hurt or killed if I was on the highway if I had not had that fuel leak. I cannot understand how Kia could produce a vehicle like this. Lower quality cosmetics are one thing but a frame on a vehicle is another.

- Stafford Springs , CT, USA

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