fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,940 miles

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2018 Kia Sportage engine problems

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2018 Kia Sportage Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 292018


  • 5,080 miles


I purchased my 2018 Kia Sportage ex brand new 6-8-18. Less than 100 miles on the car and the dashboard instrument lights went dark while driving on the highway in the dark. I brought it back to dealer, they had to order a new gauge dimmer cluster because the original failed. Several weeks later the brakes began violently shaking the car when braking on the highway. Again, I brought it back to the dealer and they resurfaced the brake rotors due to warping. Several months later on 1-28-19 the engine died on the highway placing the vehicle into limp home mode. I almost got hit by a tractor trailer trying to get to the breakdown lane without ample engine power. I immediately drove it to the dealer and it has been there ever since. I got the BBB involved now and I am trying to get the lemon law in place. I am currently in a rental.

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #4

Jan 122019


  • miles
After 2 attempts to try and have the soul repaired properly as to steering and at least 30 emails and begging for help, and finding myself the reason there was a recall on a recall...we contacted senator marco rubio who in turn contacted NHTSA, a congressional aide etc. No help came for two disabled persons. I even wrote about the souls catching fire and [xxx] witnessed a soul crash due to steering. We begged citrus Kia, Kia motors, Kia America to refund our money. We lost our home built for our disabilities to toxic drywall, we were in propublica, huff post and tampa bay times. No recovery, we slept in our Kia optima which is why we purchased the soul. Two weeks later, the first recall. 2 yrs no one did a thing. In December at christmas, Kia America " challenge " the dealerships. To sell everything. We were once again duped. Citrus Kia called numerous times, what they did was brought us in under false pretense, they financed thru Kia, the 2018 Sportage. Now, we are in further debt with a car they all knew was defective. "software upgrade", oh and by the way", keep this letter in your glove box for ever "in case" the engine failes and if you, the customer who bought in good faith that it was safer than the soul, if you do not get it to dealer if and when light comes on. You will be considered "abusing the car" the consumer is supposed to drive and live in fear? NHTSA had not approved this bandaid. The 1000 Sportages need to be traded for 2019. This is a sad day when a gai, we have to live and drive in fear and pay money. I have read the news articles, the whistleblower. This "software upgrade" is not right. The fires are horrific. One person stated her car still had issues. This is criminal as to what Kia motors, Kia America, citrus Kia has and is still doing to two disabled persons. We need some help. Our auto insurance premium. Increased.[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Plant City, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 152019


  • 7,200 miles
Engine was updated regarding software, but engine shut down while in hwy operation at accelerating speeds and immediatly shut down reducing speed to 20 mph may cause fatal accident if trator trailer rear ends you during this occurace since one was coming up or traffic in general considering people don't react anymore. Dealers seam reluctant to reports these occurances.

- Glassboro, NJ, USA

problem #2

Sep 152018


  • 72,350 miles
Knocking on the engine upon starting. No longer running the vehicle because of noise.

- Curwensville, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 132018


  • 69 miles
I picked up a brand new Kia Sportage sx turbo AWD with 34 miles on it today. It was driving kind of hesitantly, seeming like it was misfiring. About 30 miles later, the check engine light turned on. I immediately called Kia customer service as I have an established relationship with them. They advised to take it to the nearest dealership. I took my car to summit place Kia in auburn hills where the initial diagnosis based on a check engine light reading was an improper fuel/air mixture in cylinder 2. I am not sure what protocol will be followed from this point or what actions will be needed to rectify this issue. However, it is apparent that there is an issue with Kia's gdi turbo engines.

- Troy, MI, USA

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