pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,571 miles

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2001 Kia Sportage miscellaneous problems

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2001 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 112004

Sportage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles


I bought mt 2001 Kia Sportage in 2003. It was a 2 door automatic soft top. The problems with the car started within months. First the "hold" light would come on and then while driving the care would stick in one gear. I could not slow down with out it stalling once the gears got stuck. I took it to the dealer, and the replaced the transmission. This did not fix the problem B/C it still happens even to this day and every place I take it to says that there is no problem. In 2005 everything started going downhill. The power windows dont work the cd player eats you cds and I get no reseption on the radio. Not to mention the seat belt light comes on all the time and continues to flash and beep even with your seat belt is on. The pasenger seatbelt does not stay clasped. The car will shut off while driving if I turn on the air. The air only blows on your feet. My car shakes violently it I go about 50 mph. The car makes a wierd chattering noise while driving. And the brakes have locked up for no reason. All of these things I have stated are true and I have taken my car to the dealership numerous of times and seem to get it "fixed" but something else happens before the month ends. I have had my car in the shop for more than 3 months total, and it still doesnt run properly. So far I have had the tramission replaced, the electrical harness, the master and rear cylinder(2X), wheel barring, alternater, started, batteries(4X),air vents, ad many other thing but I cant keep track of everything that goes wrong with this car. Im a college student that has a very limited income, and I cant wasted any more time and money dealing with this car that should last longer than I is. My first car was better tha this one and it was made in the 80's.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Aug 022002


  • miles
Engine light on vehicle will continuously come on and stay on. Contacted dealer nine times already about that problem, but they cannot find cause of problem.

- Pensecola, FL, USA

problem #4

Apr 292002


  • miles


While driving engine check light keeps coming on. Had it checked out. Dealership could not find locate problem.

- Fairlawn, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 012001


  • miles
The steering wheel is peeling, I have had it replaced but the new one is doing the same thing. The window strips are all twisted up and make a roaring sound when I drive. I have had them replaced but they still roar. The dash rattles, but they didn't fix it. The rear windows do not roll down. The radio has static most of the time. It doesn't seem to want to go when I accelerate. It kind of sputters and then goes. The bands squeal bad. They have been replaced but they still squeal.

- Jasper, GA, USA

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problem #2

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

problem #1

Dec 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated fuel will not allow the tank to fill up with fuel, consumer took vehicle to dealer and had some parts replaced, the vehicle has been back to the dealer 4 times and the problem still exists. Consumer also stated the vehicle pulls from left to right, and the check engine light illuminated.

- Winchester, VA, USA

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