definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,500 miles

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2006 Kia Sportage engine problems

engine problem

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2006 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 022010

Sportage 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


2006 Kia Sportage ex with V-6 has a habit of completely shutting down electrically, killing the engine and thus all lights, power assist to steering/brakes, etc. Previously this occurred only when taking off from a stop (previously reported). This time our daughter was driving at highway speeds at night in the middle of Utah when this occurred again. She was able to get it off the highway safely without incident in complete darkness and no power assists. Car was running on cruise control so no driver function could have caused the incident. No warning such as engine stumble, flickering lights, etc, , it just shut off!!! once safely stopped, our daughter was able to restart the car and get to the destination without incident. Dealer is aware of this problem but is unable to fix it. Only has been taken to dealer for repairs.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #1

Mar 052010


  • 28,000 miles
2006 Kia Sportage ex has repeated problem with engine shutdown/stall upon starting from a stop at an intersection. Both left and right turns. Both with and without air conditioning, and in all weather conditions also with and without lights. No code has shown up on the computer. No warning. First indication there is a problem is when we take off and steering is stiff (e.g. no ps) and the car doesn't move.

- Littleton, CO, USA

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