hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,555 miles

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2013 Kia Sportage engine problems

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2013 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 062021


  • 100,220 miles


I was driving at 45mph, went into the opposite lane to pass a vehicle and the engine revved into the 7000rpm range, all the lights came on in the dash, and it immediately lost power. I pulled to the side of the road and the engine stopped. I tried to restart the engine and it wouldn't even crank over. No warning lights had come on prior to this and my oil is changed regularly. The engine is now "locked" up. I am reading this has been a frequent problem, but my vehicle VIN shows no recalls. This was on a 55mph highway, while passing at approximately 55mph.

- Stockton, IL, USA

problem #3

Aug 292019

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I was on the interstate driving around 70 miles per hour my car died as in stopped in front of a semi! my car has been serviced regularly and had no problems -nothing-no noise it just died. We are lucky I was not killed. Car was towed to cookeville Kia they said it was internal engine failure possible rod bearing. He told us it would cost around $7000 to fix. I still owe 4000 on my piece of crap of a car that only had 130,000miles on it. I have had a few nightmares from the ordeal and in general, I'm kinda scared to drive even a few days later. I am so disappointed I was told it's not under recall but however I keep seeing the same year and car on all kind of websites with the same problem. The only thing good about this situation is that my children were not in the car with me. I will never purchase another Kia! [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Smithville, TN, USA

problem #2

Feb 112019


  • 70,000 miles
The front passenger side wheel bearings started to wear. They were replaced and seized up while driving. A new wheel bearings was replaced and repaired. Again it seized up while driving. Car is being towed to shop for third repair. It was recommended I look up recall on car noticed there was one recall and 114 complaints for same issue for 2011-2014 Sportages.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 242017


  • 98,000 miles
On Sunday December 24, 2017 christmas eve we were driving on 95 South returning home with my daughters and I was on the express lane and all the sudden I heard a loud noise coming from the front and the car stop speeding and I was able to pull over to the side where the car just shut off, a roade Ranger came to assist us, he checked to see if it was the battery but I just bought the battery then gas/oil nothing. We ended up having the car towed to a mechanic in hallandale beach, where they told us is an engine issue. This is very similar to the recent recall of engine fail. Its now been 3 weeks and we dont have a car

- Miami, FL, USA

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