hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,733 miles

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2006 Kia Sportage engine problems

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2006 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #3

May 122014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sportage. While driving approximately 55 mph, the power seized and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle, radiator, and timing belt needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred several times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage and VIN were unknown.

- Kennesah, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 292015


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sportage. While driving at 30 mph, the power steering failed and the alternator light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the engine crank shaft pulley detached and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 119,000.

- West Minister, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 032014

Sportage 6-cyl

  • 69,200 miles
Dear NHTSA, I have a 2006 Kia Sportage with 69,245 miles and have been in the dealer on 12/4/14, 12/8/2014, 12/13/14, for engine shutting off while braking to enter another lane or to turn. Engine shut off again while braking to turn at 9:00pm on 12/16/14.engine light have come on at least 6-8 times before at which each time I went into the service dealer on 12/3/14, 12/8/14 and 12/10/14. Sometimes if it was during the day I took the Kia directly to the dealer. However I noticed while researching that this is an electrical issue with a faulty throttle system. In addition Kia wants to charge me $248 to replace a throttle. From the reviews issued online this is a safety related defect that Kia manufacturer is aware. According to safecar.gov the consumer should not have to pay for a faulty throttle (e.g. or faulty parts) and should be replaced by the service dealer. Finally cobb county service (customer # [xxx]) suggested repair invoice stated that after replacing tps need more diagnosis time with vehicle in order to find out issue? I should have to pay for a safety related defects (e.g. 267 or more complaints online not to mention the safety defects of the 2006 Sportage engine shutting off), especially to pay for a part that will not guarantee that the engine will not cut off. I also filed an inquiry with Kia on today 12/16/2014, customer identification reference number (#[xxx]).I am awaiting a call from Kia about this inquiry. I also believe that this is a safety related defect and the cost of repairs should be remedied at no cost to me. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

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