really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
116,000 miles

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problem #3

Aug 112014


  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Kia Sportage. While having the vehicle inspected, the contact was informed that the underbody frame was rusted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 117,000.

- Shutesbury, MA, USA

problem #2

Jul 052013

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I bought this car knowing I had to replace a fender and the drivers side door. After completing the body work the shop noticed the rear frame rails were rusted out to a point it would not pass pa state inspection, which had nothing to do with the cosmetic damage.

- Narvon, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 052014

Sportage 4-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
The frame at the point of connection with the rear differential is completely rusted through and I am unable to get it repaired. I have contacted Kia and they said that the vehicle is beyond it's warranty. I was driving and heard a thumping sound. The sound got louder and the car began to shake terribly. A mechanic looked at it and told me that the frame was broken.

- Middletown, CT, USA