really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 10
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,302 miles

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problem #84

Jul 082022


  • miles
The vehicle will stall upon starting with push to start feature and you-€™d only hear clicking sound.

- Indianapolis , IN, USA

problem #83

Aug 092020


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2017 Kia Sportage. The contact stated while driving 60-70 MPH, the vehicle decelerated temporarily. The accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to respond. There was no warning light illuminated. The contact stated that the failure had been recurring. The dealer and the manufacturer were not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000.

- Altadena, CA, USA

problem #82

Jun 152022


  • miles
Vehicle is using on the average 2-3qts of oil within 1000 miles was told this could cause a fire. My vehicle had been checked twice was told I may need a new engine. Is this a common problem?

- West Brownsville , PA, USA

problem #81

Jul 222022


  • miles
Car shakes and putters when started as if the engine is shot, which at this point probably is. I have been adding oil every couple of weeks for over 6 months now with no oil leak detected. I went to the dealer in January to ask about white smoke coming from the tailpipe and Dealership tells me I need to blow the engine up before KIA will do anything about it. It's now close to blown up with check engine light on having it towed to dealership this week.

- Vista , CA, USA

problem #80

Jul 122022


  • miles
Engine seized twice randomly while driving. Turned car off and back on and it ran without issue. (May 21 2022 and June 30 2022). Had the recall addressed on july 9 and July 12 my check engine light came on. It was towed to Kia and they called the following day saying they-€™re replacing the engine under the extended warranty.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #79

May 192022


  • miles
Car shakes and putters when started as if the engine is shot, which at this point probably is. We have been adding oil every two or three for over a year now with no oil leak detected. Dealership tells us we need to blow the engine up before KIA will do anything about it. It's not blown up but it is not driveable. Had it towed to the local dealership which diagnosed the problem as being " low compression on cylinder 2 resulting in engine failure. Do not know the exact cause of failure due to no tear down", which cost us $144.04 on a vehicle that has a lifetime extended warranty on the powertrain. Mind you, they already changed out the transmission June of 2020 and just after that the engine problems started. We paid $502.85 as our part of the bill. The estimated cost of this engine repair is $3160 dollars plus taxes which still might not fix the problem, and the cost of a new engine is 4 to 5 thousand dollars. My understanding is that we are not the only people having these problems and this is their best response. With all the new vehicles they continue to sell and produce with their good name intact, they should have to recall or replace these vehicles because they were lemons from the start and they suffer no ill affects for it. A list of all the stuff needed to "fix" this problem are as follows: head gasket, head bolt set, intake gasket, t-stat & gasket, water outlet gasket, 4 spark plugs, 6 valve stem seals, lof, 2 gallons of antifreeze 14 assorted head bolts, 4 bushings for bolts, misc and labor. Total for that is $3160 plus tax. *Might need head-has no compression-valve burnt/stuck, or seat damage. No cost mentioned for that. Remind you, the engine hasn't been torn down yet. And yes, there is a lifetime powertrain warranty on the vehicle, which isn't worth the paper it is written on.

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #78

May 102022


  • miles
I was passing a car doing below 50 in a 55. As I sped to pass him the engine seemed to misfire, the car began to jerk and I suddenly lost power to the engine. I tried pressing on the gas pedal but engine was idle. I pulled to the side shut the engine off, waited a few minutes and tried to start the engine again. It did not want to turn over, sounded like a piston had blown. I had it towed to the family mechanic whom I take all my vehicles to. He ran a diagnostics and said piston #3 was getting no compression and I would need a new engine. I bought the vehicle brand new with 0 miles, the car now has 103,000 miles, just 3000 miles over warranty, which is why I took it to my mechanic and not the dealership. I bought the service contract from the dealership so it has been completely maintained as per contract at Future Kia in Clovis. My mechanic advised me to take it back to the dealer. I had it towed there and awaiting their diagnostics report.

- Kerman, CA, USA

problem #77

Apr 282022


  • miles
While driving, the engine suddenly lost power and stalled. All of the warning lights on the dash illuminated. After coasting to the side of the road I pressed the start button and the engine started back up. Later that week the low oil light illuminated. After stopping the car I pulled the dipstick and it was not registering any oil. The car is at JT Kia in Columbia, SC to be diagnosed and we will be doing an engine oil consumption test.

- Palmyra, VA, USA

problem #76

May 022022


  • miles
Over the last year the car has been having the engine light come on. The car idols ruff, loses power and has left me stranded on the side road. I lost power in the fast lane on the freeway and had to maneuver out of the fast lane to side of freeway.Each time it has been taken to shop it has been a mis-fire in the #3 cylinder and the spark plug had to be replaced. Several calls not returned by Roseville Kia asking for information regarding this problem as well as trying to set up appointment for current recall over the last year. Once again car left me on side of road and was told by mechanic that it needs new engine. Told by Folsom Kia to have it towed to them since Roseville Kia would not return calls and that the issue with the engine would be covered by warranty being extended due to past recall. After 4 days at Folsom Kia I was told that I would need a new engine and starting price to tear it down is $5000, and it would most likely be more, approx$8000. Also told that the warranty does not apply now.

- Auburn, CA, USA

problem #75

Mar 062022


  • 70,175 miles
The contact owns a 2017 Kia Sportage. The contact stated while driving 55 MPH, the vehicle lost motive power and stalled with the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and remained at the dealer over 30 days and was not repaired. The manufacturer was informed of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,175.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #74

Apr 012022


  • miles
I have a airbag warning light they said it was a sensor with the driver side seat belt. Is this not a safety issue" vehicle is equiped with the "theta II" engine which is under a class action law suit against engine fires I had the oil changed at 70K miles at hollywood Kia I checked the car at 73K and it was 1.5 quarts low I added 1.5 quarts low I added another half quart at 74K it was a quart low at 75K when I got the next oil change also, I had to add a quart at 77K, 78K and 79K just filed a complaint with Kia corporate case # 14755737 I am going into gunther Kia next week to get my 80K oil change I left a voice message with service manager anthony decarlo as well engine oil light never comes on could this also be related to the engine fire issues "

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #73

Mar 212022


  • miles
While driving this car on the highway, the car shut down leading to severely decreased speed placing my life in danger. The engine was repaired in 2019. Again, on Monday 3/21/2022, while driving on the highway, this car decreased speed and put my life in danger again. This time KIA will not rectify the situation and denies any responsibility for the second engine issue. This vehicle now requires a total engine replacement at the cost of myself. No explanation of what led to the cause of this engine failure was provided. Multiple attempts requesting written explanation of diagnostic findings have not been met. No invoice has been provided at the time of this claim.

- Mountain Top, PA, USA

problem #72

Feb 182022

Sportage 4-cyl

  • miles
Unknow I took my kia 2/10/2022 in because the control knob was not working they did not have the part On 2/11/2022 I picked it up. On 2/17/2022 I dropped off my Kia so that the replacement part could be installed. On 2/18/2022 I picked up my vehicle and seen that my knob was fixed be discovered another problem had occurred that was no there before. My check engine light was on. I never left the service area. I informed [XXX] the he contacted (by radio) the mechanic that worked on my Kia. The took the vehicle back to the mechanic and when I got my vehicle back the check engine light was off and if the check engine light came back on to let him know. On Feb 19 the check engine light was back on so I called and left a message for [XXX] to call me back but he never did. Feb 21 I called [XXX] again and left a message for him to call me back. Feb 22.2022 My Husband [XXX] spoke to [XXX], and he then informed him to call Kia Service Center because he [XXX] already had call them about my Kia explaining what the problem was. on Feb 24 I dropped off my Vehicle to Kia Service Center. On Feb 25 [XXX] from Kia Service Center called me to ask me where [XXX] go the part from and what was the part number On Feb 26 I went to Advantage Toyota and spoke to [XXX] for the information he informed me hi did not know the part number because he got the part from the warranty company On Feb 28 I informed [XXX] what [XXX] told me On March 2 [XXX] from Kia Service Center informed me that the Bocy Harness was burned out and that it would cost me $4000 dollars to fix On March 3 I went back to Advantage Toyota to speak to a manager about my situation because i was tired of getting the run around and I needed help to resolving this issue. I spoke with [XXX] yet again no one there was willing to help me. I left a message With General Manager [XXX] he did not return my call, I spoke with the corporate office still no one has called me INFORMATION Redacted PURSUANT TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #71

Feb 132022


  • miles
My Sportage SX started to slow in an off-ramp & then died completely stranding me in traffic. 2/13/22 is when this happened. Dealer is saying that engine pressure caused a spark plug to break & batter the cylinder. Resolve is a factory warranty engine block. Still waiting on the engine part, a month later.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #70

Feb 282022


  • miles
I started to hear a rattle sounds or ticking while driving. I let the car test over the weekend and then come Monday was going to drive it to my mechanic. I was left stranded and had to get the car towed to the mechanic. I'm being told the entire engine is bad and needs to be replaced. This makes no sense as I've kept up regular maintenance on the vehicle and am still paying on it.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #69

Feb 262022


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2017 Kia Sportage. The contact stated while driving approximately 55 MPH, she heard a pop underneath the vehicle. The contact pulled over and upon inspection, the contact became aware that an unknown part was loosened underneath the vehicle. The contact stated that the check engine, oil, and battery warning lights were illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer where it was diagnosed with needing the engine replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not informed of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 64,000.

- Forest Park, IL, USA

problem #68

Jan 162022


  • miles
Unreasonable amount of engine oil decreasing. When I drained engine oil after 5000 miles of driving, less than 1/2 of 5qt jug was filled. It could eventually result engine fire due to loss of lubrication on engine.

- Uncasville, CT, USA

problem #67

Sep 202021


  • 131,101 miles
The contact owns a 2017 Kia Sportage. The contact stated while driving approximately 60 MPH, the vehicle failed to accelerate with the accelerator pedal depressed. The contact stated that the check engine warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed with needing the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not informed of the failure. The failure mileage was 131,101.

- Perris, CA, USA

problem #66

Jan 072022


  • miles
I filed a claim 14001328 for excessive oil consumption. I am told that one quart of oil per 1000 miles is normal consumption. The car holds 4.5 quarts of oil. This means that for a 7500 mile oil change interval the entire volume is replace almost twice. I do not accept this as normal. I purchased a 2017 Kia Sportage in August of 2016. I believe that Kia is running out the warranty. I have driven 158,000 miles in a VW Rabbit - no oil issues. 238,000 miles in a VW Jetta 195,000 miles in a VW Jetta TDI, 175,000 miles in a Chrysler Town and Country. Average oil consumption between changes was.25 quarts. You are now telling me this Kia Sportage has a normal oil consumption of one quart per 1000 miles. I find this then to be an inferior design. I should be entitled to a repair. I have oil coming out of my exhaust tailpipe. I am copying this to the NHTSA. All of the time I have my Sportage I have maintained proper oil change intervals and I have service records.

- Auburn, PA, USA

problem #65

Dec 022021


  • miles
I have performed the required oil changes since the car was purchased with the KIA dealer network. At 50,000 miles my oil light came on while making a turn and I brought it to the nearest dealer. They changed the oil and started an oil comsumption test. Since then, we have done 3 oil comsumption tested which "just passed" the criteria. I burn enough oil that I have a soot deposit in my exhaust pipe. My car is at 81,000 miles and has lost enough oil from the last oil change (4,000 miles ago - scheduled oil change for December 15) that there is no oil indication on the dipstick. The dealer has asked me to not add oil because it is 2 quarts low and ok to drive. They have said the warranty only covers if the consumption is greater than 1 quart per 1000 miles and this much oil loss is normal. THIS IS NOT NORMAL and indicates a defect in the piston rings, which would be a warranty repair that is being denied.

- Auburn, PA, USA

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