hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
163,000 miles

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2005 Kia Sportage suspension problems

suspension problem

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2005 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #2

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 #1

Mar 242013


  • 200,000 miles
Purchased 2005 (new) right from the showroom. Eight years later find out that the rear subframe is completely rotted out. And that's putting it mildly. Brought it to Kia dealership to have them look at it. Said they never seen anything like it before. Told me it was unsafe to drive, that if the frame broke in half the back tires would fall off. Only thing holding it on is the trailing arms. Claim was filed but Kia wont do anything because of the miles on the vehicle and said that it was from the salt on the road in the winter. Only problem is that's the only part under the vehicle that's rotted and everything else is solid without rust. Hmmmm!!!! I hope that an investigation is opened because this is a serious matter and Kia doesn't want to take responsibility for it. Ive taken pictures and everyone that I've shown cant believe there eyes, saying there's no way a vehicle of this year should the subframe look like that. Kia said they've had a lot of complaints about rust but this can't even be considered rust the holes are so...oooo big I could put my fist through it. Please investigate this matter before someone gets seriously hurt or killed. This is no laughing matter!!!!!

- Central Bridge, NY, USA

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