really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,059 miles

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2005 Kia Sportage steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 012016

Sportage 4WD 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles


The rear cross member that holds rear tie rods and rear connecting arms to wheels is rusted so bad it will fail. My employer has same year same model but in Hyundai hers is the same and drivers side rear just snapped hike driving it's the exact same part and rusted so bad wheel collapsed. This is why I checked mine. Bottom line main suspension component on Kia and Hyundai shortage or dante fe fail at 10 years. There are as a recall to undercoat or replace parts under the car do to early rust failure. This was 6 years ago. This cross member is bolted to he frame and I can guarantee most 2005 have the same failure occurring. It S also hard to locate the part and they charge from $350- $1000 for it. The Hyundai exact same part # from Kia is twice as much as the Kia part.

- Stafford Springs, CT, USA

problem #3

Apr 072012

Sportage 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
I was driving and the vehicle would not brake, and steered right while driving 40-50 mph, hitting the curb and almost collided with another vehicle. Definite defect in the steering/fuel/brakes/electronicstabilitycontrol, and other minor mechanical malfunctions.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 052011


  • 48,235 miles
When driving, usually on freeway, as you begin to brake and exit the freeway, the power steering assist stops functioning, and steering becoms extremely difficult. The problem lasts maybe 2 to 4 seconds, and then everything seems fine. Numerous trips to dealerships (three different dealers, five repair trips) and they claim they can't duplicate the problem, therefore "there is no problem". problem has been recurring for over 1 1/2 year period. Date of incident used here is only most recent.

- Indio, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 172010


  • 129,000 miles
When accelerating with load on engine going up hill, just before the transmission shifts into gear the power steering will lock-up. The momentary loss of steering while on mountainous roads makes for a very dangerous journey home.

- Diamond Springs, CA, USA

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