really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,578 miles

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #10

Feb 092007

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Kia Sportage. The contact was driving approximately between 30-70 mph when the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted and resumed normally yet the failure recurred at various speeds. There was a separate occasion when the engine failed to restart. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer eight times where they were unable to locate the failure. The passenger side wiring harness was cleaned but to no avail. The failure persisted in which there was no resolution. The failure mileage was 60,000. Updated 05/05/11 updated 05/09/11

- Shadyside, OH, USA

problem #9

Sep 132006

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 75,479 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Kia Sportage. On November 21, 2006, while driving 55 mph, the vehicle began to smoke. The contact noticed the smoke entering through the air vents on the passenger side of the vehicle. She pulled to the side of the road and called her local Kia dealer to inquire if she could bring her vehicle in for service. The dealer advised her to bring it in the following day. The dealer replaced the blower motor, but the failure continued for the next three years. The contact also had the brake pads replaced, but the dealer has been unable to remedy the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 05/13/08 the check engine light illuminated. Updated

- Tell City, IN, USA

problem #8

Jan 232006

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,111 miles
: the contact stated the check engine light has been illuminating and the transmission has had failures in shifting gears since the vehicle was purchased. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop. The ect connector has been replaced and the sensor has been reprogrammed multiple times. The problem persists despite the repairs. The thermostat was replaced. Updated 02/13/06.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #7

Jul 202005

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,190 miles


I was in my 2001 Kia Sportage and was involved in a single automobile accident on 7/20/05. I was driving approximately 5 mph when the bolt that holds the rocker arm of my engine sheared off and the engine dropped down on the left hand side (driver's side of my vehicle) and fell onto the drive train and axle, crushing everything it hit. I was injured in this accident, as well, and Kia is being extremely difficult about fixing my vehicle. If I had been driving any faster, like I had been only minutes earlier, the engine could have been yanked from underneath the SUV and separated from my vehicle, leaving me strapped into the frame of my car with no engine in it and free rolling in the frame. It is highly fortunate that I was not killed in this accident because it certainly could have been a possibility. Initially, the local dealer went ahead and repaired the axle, drive train, and engine mount repairs; however, my frame is bent badly on my vehicle and the local dealer says that they do not repair this type of problem. After reporting the accident, then going back and forth being put off multiple times by Kia corporate, I now still have no vehicle five weeks after the accident. Kia customer service told that several individuals had my case and that they would call me. They never did until last night when the Kia corporate national Consumer Affairs manager left me a message at home while I was at dinner. This is the first person to call me in five weeks, aside from the local dealership. I am extremely concerned about the safety of my vehicle going forward and my insurance company, usaa, is not willing to help me with this case because even though I reported the accident within minutes of it happening, they did not follow through and now they are saying that since Kia touched the vehicle and made repairs before they could look at the exact nature of the damages they cannot help me with this problem. Call logs and all related paperwork is available if needed.

- Tyndall Afb, FL, USA

problem #6

May 012005

Sportage 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,230 miles
2001 Kia Sportage temperature gauge never registered that the engine was running hot. The consumer had to have the engine replaced. The coolant sensor malfunctioned, the rear hatch panel inside fell off, new clips were installed. Replaced manual transmission clutch, timing belt was replaced, wind noise from front passenger side door area.

- Washington, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 012005

Sportage 4WD

  • miles
2001 Kia Sportage, stopped dead in the middle of a major highway. The consumer was unable to get a full alignment because the idler was defective, on 2 occasions the vehicle would not start and it had to be jump started, which was due to defective battery terminals, the radio, font brakes exhaust system, air condition valve cover gasket, front wheel bearing, cruise control were all inoperative, the vehicle has had 2 engine replacements, and the drive belts were out of tension.

- Wellesley, MA, USA

problem #4

Sep 012001


  • miles


Continual problems with 2001 Kia Sportage convertible. Replacement of brakes 5 times, replacement of belts 6 times and 14 other problems. The cup holder, convertible top, and belts were replaced. The alarm wires were re-adjusted, the ac compressor, ignition coil pack, cd player right rear axle, right front strut, catalytic converter, center console, rear window fuse, spark plug and engine harness were all replaced numerous times.

- Arnold, MD, USA

problem #3

Jul 222004


  • 768 miles
Vehicle's engine and A/C failed. The consumer had to replace two engines within a 40000 mile usage. The vehicle stopped dead on a very busy us route 1 hwy. The sudden stop caused a traffic tie up and the vehicle was nearly rear ended by a air conditioning, the vehicle needed a complete engine replacement, valve cover gasket, front wheel bearings, drive belts out of tension, cruise control, V belts replaced, brakes and rotors, exhaust system.

- Wellesley, MA, USA

problem #2

Jul 102004


  • miles
Problems with vehicle starting up as well as stalling. The vehicle was hard to start and the gas mileage was dropping way down and the vehicle was taken in for a tune up but the problem still existed. When the vehicle was driven on the expressway, the consumer hit a bump and the engine stalled. The consumer was informed that the transmission had to be serviced. The filler neck rusted and the fuel cap was leaking. The filler neck was replaced, but immediately after the problem recurred. The transmission fluid was worn and the transmission was flushed.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
While driving, the engine on my Kia will simply stop. There is no warning whatsoever, and this happens at any time - short trips, long trips, highways, back roads, there is no common denominator whatsoever. I have taken it to the Kia dealership numberous times - it was there Monday through Friday last week, and was again towed there Sunday night where it is still there. Each time they give me my car back saying they can't find anything wrong with it, but the problem keeps occuring. I work on the road and I'm terrified to drive this car - afraid that someday I won't be able to get to the breakdown lane when it dies the next time. The Kia service advisor tries to help, but the problem is not getting fixed and I'm told by the dealership that there is no one else I can talk to. At this point I don't want the car back until it's repaired, or replaced with a similar vehicle. I currently owe more than it's worth in the blue book, otherwise I'd trade it in.

- Salem, NH, USA

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