hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,510 miles

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problem #3

Oct 242016


  • 80,500 miles
2009 Kia Sportage LX complaint. We have recently been experiencing intermittent acceleration surging. The occurrences are random; hot or cold in D-gear at a stop-light or in park position. I¿ve taken the car to the Kia dealer two times. On the second time, I was told that after a test-drive on the second day, the mechanic did notice the surging of the tachometer and the ¿fix¿ was to re-route/loosen the cruise control cable. Two days later, the engine surging re-appeared. This is a dangerous safety concern that can result in injury to pedestrians, and other drivers. When the engine surge/racing occurs the tachometer goes up and down from under 1,000 to 5,000 RPM's. it has happened with my foot on the brake and while in park and in gear. During the latest event, we have a video taken with our I-phone showing the tachometer going up and down in the ¿park¿ position. We are scared to drive this car because this safety defect can cause bodily danger as it lunges forward due to engine racing. I¿ve also posted this safety defect on ¿carcomplaints.com¿ to warn others. Goggling this issue on yahoo.com reveals others having similar problems. Can we get some help on this?

- Glenview, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 242016


  • 86,000 miles
I was driving down a busy road about 50mph when the ESC light came on and the car engine started losing power. I pulled over, afraid to drive but then proceeded as I was only a few minutes from home. I made it home ok and consulted my manual as to what that light meant. I pushed it in (so that it was now "on" because the light said "off" and it drove ok for about a day. Then with no light coming back on, the engine just started reving up really hard and loud..like it was stuck in neutral and it started to lose power. I barely made it home safely and noe I'm afraid to drive it. It just came out of nowhere...totally random. I have an appt to bring it in to Kia service center mon. Morning and am currently driving a rental car. It was a very scarey event because both time it gave no warning at all!!

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 042009


  • 30 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Sportage. The contact stated that while driving into a parking space the vehicle lunged forward. He stated that the accelerator pedal became so sensitive that he had to use extreme caution when driving forward, backwards or when the road was slightly slanted. He took the vehicle to a Kia dealer who informed the contact that the vehicle was designed that way. A diagnostic test was performed; however, it did not determine what caused the failure to occur. The failure mileage was approximately 30. The current mileage was approximately 1,900.

- Brooklyn , NY, USA