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

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2001 Kia Sportage engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 012002


  • miles


Consumer stated when driving 55mph vehicle will intermittenly lose all power and emit a "burning wire" smell. Dealer is unable to diagnose cause.

- Mountain Home, AR, USA

problem #4

Oct 082002

(reported on)


  • miles
The engine light illuminated. The engine seized and was replaced. The replacement had a defective oil pump..

- Wellesley, MA, USA

problem #3

May 232002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states vehicle cuts off at any given time without warning. Consumer states he almost had an accident when the auto cut off in the middle traffic. This has happened twice.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 192002


  • miles
Speedometer malfuctioned/jumped at approx. 30mph to 40 mph then back down to 20 took back 3X. SUV shimmied at 60+ mph 3X's took back to dealer dealer replaced tires, electric back windows 3X's to dealer replaced twice, wiring assy-engine, coil ignition, conv. Assy-cat. Replaced (may have caused speedometer, windows etc to operate improperly. R/R main wire harness, R/R both cat convertors, R/R coil and spark plugs, repaired fuel injector wire harness. Vehicle idled at high RPM (SUV power surged to 80 mph, the slowest I could get the vehicle to go was 40mph and had to use the emergency brake. (throttle cable in wrong poss. At this time transmission is still slipping vehicle at dealership plus I am going through the lemon law and bbautoline. This is the 10 day limit. Kia has not been very hospitable about this situation, I do not feel safe in their vehicle.

- Eustis, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 232002


  • miles
When vehicle is started engine check light comes on due to a problem with cable harness.also while driving vehicle vibrates and completely shutsdown.

- Eustis, FL, USA

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