10.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$5,200
Average Mileage:
81,400 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace the engine (4 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2012 Kia Sportage engine problems

engine problem

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2012 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 022019

Sportage LXI 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I noticed a ticking sound from my 2012 Kia Sportage engine. I did a little research and saw there was a recall. I then called the Kia 1-800 number and spoke to a 'Jack'. He was extremely rude and told me my car was old and that was to be expected from older cars! OLD! It's less than 10 years old!! My parents had a Ford that had over a million miles and when they sold it, it still ran like a champ!

'Jack' then asked for my VIN. He told me it was my lucky day because my vehicle was under manufactured extended warranty because of issues with faulty engines. All I had to do was bring it to a Kia dealership. I brought it to Jeff Wylers in Springfield Ohio.

They called 3 days later and said it needed a new engine. The gentleman then proceeded to quote prices for a new and a used engine. $7800 was the low price. I didn't even let him get to the higher price quote. I told him it was under warranty. This is where he told me it was NOT part of the Kia recall and warranty was expired at 100k miles. My car had 112k. I told him. Oh no no. 'Jack' at Kia said it was.

He then asked for info on who I spoke with. Wanted extension numbers and such. Said he would get back to me. 3 days later I get calls from Jeff and the Kia corporation saying they were sorry, my vehicle is not covered.

So now I had to pay $250 for the dealership 'diagnostic ' fee that Kia promised to reimburse me for. I am still waiting on 4 months later. Their bank must grow and make the paper in-house to complete that task to get my vehicle back. Now I have a very expensive, but cute, driveway ornament.

- Travis M., Springfield, OH, US

problem #4

Jun 102019

Sportage LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

Let me start by saying before this my Sportage ran perfect with no issues. None of my lights ever came on indicating any problems at all! I was on a busy road when car started making a slight ticking noises, check engine light came on and went right out. Then car started making louder noise. I was about two blocks out from my doctors office where we were headed, by the time we got there car was banging. Went In, came out decided we needed to get a tow and needed to get it were a tow truck could get to it. Turned it on and tried to move it kept dying out sound sounded like a hammer was being hit on engine. Cost $100 to tow it.

Called Kia customer service said no recall on my VIN. Talked to a few mechanics said we are looking at 3 to 5 thousand on replacement engine. Couple days go by mechanic can't locate engine for it. Couple more days neighbor brings me pile mail miss delivered to them.In this pile is a recall with my VIN. I call Kia again asking why they told me no the first time.She informs me this recall was just recently sent out "interim NOTICE which she says they are still investigating so don't know how to fix problem yet or when. I could just tow it to kia. THEN WHAT leave it sit there until they figure it out...I said look I just had surgery I need a car to get to apts. She says well ask the manager at the dealership maybe they'll give you a car....unacceptable....I have been researching, should of done this before I bought the car, seems to be a LOT of issues with these year vehicles. So I now have a case manager on this. Really bad situation for Kia if they don' t resolve these issues quickly for their customers.

- Natalie R., Sarasots, US

problem #3

Aug 112017

Sportage LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

I bought this car from Southside Kia in Jacksonville, FL with approximately 19k miles on it in 2014. We drive a lot and it is now currently just over 63k. Haven't had any issues other then regular maintenance and this is actually our 2nd of 3 Kia vehicles. Overall was very happy with them. Earlier this month my wife took the car out and came back saying it was making a weird noise. I took it out and heard a loud knocking noise coming from the engine when I would accelerate. Took it into Southside Kia and they said the connector rod went bad and we would have to replace the whole engine. They didn't have any used engines so we would have to buy a new one and the whole repair would cost $6339.25!!! Of course the engine was only covered under the 60k mileage warrant and as I said earlier we are at 63k.

This was an outrageous cost and something that a normal person cant afford. I shopped around and ended up getting a better deal through a friend so I got very lucky. However, when i called Kia to tell them I would be picking up the vehicle they said they vehicle would no longer drive as the engine locked up. I told them I would arrange for a tow and later got a text message from my "Service Advisor" saying he confused my vehicle with another vehicle and my car was able to be driven off the lot.....hmmmm seems a little shady to me.

I also called Kia Customer Care wanting to know if the 2012 Kia Sportage LX 2.4 engine would be added to the recall that is currently going on for the EXACT problem my engine has. "Loud knocking noise" "Connector Rod going bad" etc. I told them it was ridiculous that Kia was trying to charge me $6000+ for a repair that was the exact problem on other models. Reading some complaints on this website it appears that im not the only one with this issue. I was told they would call me back in a couple days with a solution. We will see!!

- Adam G., Jacksonville, US

problem #2

Mar 022017

Sportage LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,880 miles

WE WERE TRAVELING AT 60MPH ON A GOOD HIGHWAY, ON OUR WAY TO GREAT BEND, KS, WHEN THIS HAPPENED:

THE MOTOR STARTED CLANKING & RATTLING & BEGAN TO SLOW THE CAR DOWN. WE HAD IT TOWED TO THE NEAREST AUTO MECHANIC TO LEARN THAT IT BLEW A ROD. THE MECHANIC ALSO SAID THE ENGINE WOULD HAVE TO BE REPLACED. I CHECKED WITH THE LOCAL KIA DEALER (125 MILES AWAY) TO LEARN THAT THE WARRANTY EXPIRED EXACTLY ONE MONTH PREVIOUS TO THIS EVENT. THE DEALERSHIP ALSO STATED THAT THEY COULD REPLACE THE ENGINE WITH A USED ONE AT THE COST OF $55OO PLUS INSTALLATION. I THINK UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES I WANT TO JOIN A CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST KIA MOTORS USA.

- Terry D., Lyons, KS, US

problem #1

Oct 122016

Sportage AWD 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

My daughter actually is the vehicle owner. I have been the one to take care of the maintenance. We purchased the car about 10 month ago. She moved to South Carolina recently, and I drove the car down there for her. Right before I left I changed the oil and filter as it was due. I used Valvoline 10/30 Full Synthetic as that is what I use on all my vehicles. I told her she should get it changed in the next few months as it was 2,800 mile down there. She called me today and said her car was making an awful noise. I suggested she get it to the closest shop to her location which was 7 miles. They called me and said the motor had spun a rod bearing. I mentioned it had less than 70,000 miles and had been recently serviced. They advised me of an Issue with this KIA motor which can loose oil pressure and shut the motor down even while driving down the Highway. I did a search and see that there are several law suits against KIA for faulty engines. It appears they knew of the problem and still put these out to the public. I will never purchase another KIA and will let everyone I know about our issue. They can make up their own mind if they want to own one. But for me I'm done with foreign vehicles even if my daughter thinks their cute.The repair will be over $5,000 for a new motor. Whats so hard about building a vehicle to last longer than 4 years. What a piece of crap.

- Rick S., Vancouver, WA, US

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