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Kia Sportage repairs by problem area

Engine (20%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (15%)

Suspension and Steering (20%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (30%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (3%)

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Kia Sportage electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (14%)

$100 - $499 (57%)

< $100 (29%)

Chart based on 14 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

turbocharged 260hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

53000 mi Fusebox, wiring to right side parking lights. 

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2012 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

turbocharged 260hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

39000 mi

US $110
Battery died - bought and replaced the battery myself - NAPA Legend 

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2012 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

176-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

14000 mi UVO/audio/back-up camera failed on a trip. Completely dead until we found a small reset button. Backup video is sometimes badly distorted. Even though we recorded issue, dealer could not fix b/c they could not replicate in shop. 

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2012 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

161-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

27880 mi Battery suddenly died on me at the dealership after routine service! Battery was less than one year months in use.Very odd.Suspect dealer used the battery to do heavy jump start on some other vehicle hence destroying a cell. Steering audio controls stopped functioning. 
29540 mi AC stopped working. Issue was traced to bad evaporator which was leaking. Very disappointed for a car less than 4 years. Dealer gave a cost estimate of almost $4,000! Car was 8 months out of warranty 

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2011 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

176-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

20500 mi The ac fans were squeaking. The blower motor needed to be replaced. 
21000 mi Starter failure. Diagnosed: Brake Switch Error Code C1513. Replaced brake switch. 
17000 mi The car wouldn't crank. Some brake switch had to be replaced. This was under warranty. 
41000 mi heater fan motor 
80000 mi

US $675
replaced compressor 
63000 mi The bearings in the blower motor went bad, squeaking when the heat/ac was on 

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2011 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

176-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

8300 mi Brake switch which allows the vehicle start failed. Result vehicle will not start. 
45500 mi Brake light switch replaced, recall item. Had been triggering traction control warning light. 
35500 mi a squeaking vent fan motor needed replaced. radio led clicked ng 
63000 mi

US $70
Tire pressure monitor acting up. Hard time for dealer to fix. Still working on it. No longer covered under warranty. 
66000 mi

US $200
Replaced two tpms, light still on, dealer kept car for a day adjusted high and low frequency and light is off. Dealer very helpful provided loaner. 

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2011 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

133-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

12400 mi Steering wheel (including cruise control buttons) and spiral connector cable replaced as a way to fix the cruise control issue. 
22940 mi Navigation unit (including radio etc) replaced 
44880 mi Review camera failed sometimes (black screen or vague picture) 
47980 mi Cruise-Control steering button didn't always respond Rear-view camera failed (black screen) 

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2011 Kia Sportage 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

39000 mi couldn't start at all, battery was replaced and day after (with new battery) couldn't start again. No idea for now what is wrong. 

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2010 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

turbocharged 147hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

9300 mi Faulty brake sensor for keyless start. Intermitent starting problems. 
13020 mi Keyless FOB not unlocking doors on irregular basis. Locked out of car with key inside car on a couple of occasions. Fixed under warranty KIA work order on FOB apparently released 

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2010 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

58000 mi Radio replacement, covered by warranty. 

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2009 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

140-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

92000 mi

US $15
Backup light switch broke 

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2008 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

turbocharged 138hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual AWD

54000 mi AC compressor needed to be replaced. The diagnosis was delayed because the dealer's equipment was faulty. When it was fixed the compressor needed to be ordered so 3 trips to sort it. 

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2008 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

turbocharged 138hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

30360 mi Door lock switch on drivers side was serviced. 
42780 mi Replaced tail gate electrical locking unit on the tail gate. Repair succeswsful. 

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2008 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

140-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

53940 mi

C $300
Antenna coil assembly - immobilizer replaced. Filter-air cleaner 
38700 mi Remote starter stopped working with heater 

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2007 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

81680 mi The rear windshield wiper motor stopped working 

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2007 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

22000 mi

US $30
Noise in heater vent when making adjustments, Part ordered 
30000 mi

US $75
Turn signal stalk replaced 
31000 mi The car is in the shop for the 4th time for the same problem. The gas gauge does not go all the to full after filling the tank. They have replaced the sending units, and they think it is a short in the wiring. 

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2007 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

140-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

66000 mi

US $42
Replaced OEM battery 

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2006 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

36000 mi Factory installed trailer hitch had defective wiring harness. Not notice until attempt to connect trailer lights. Wiring harness replaced under warranty. 
42000 mi ESP light on at random, replaced switch in brake system.  Also replaced 2 tail light bulbs. 
66000 mi Cruise control intermittent and does not stay set. 
13640 mi Faulty alternator was replaced. 
159920 mi

C $200
Blower motor stopped working. Garage repaired by re-wiring to fuse panel under hood but was rewired incorrectly. Next morning, check engine light on & working badly. Shop repaired by inserting fuse inline that should have been installed 1st. 
184140 mi

C $300
Battery needed replacing, would not charge. 
93000 mi

US $44
ESC light on, cruise would not set and no brake lights. Brake light switch. 

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2006 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

109080 mi

C $400
Driver's seat belt buckle replaced. Symptoms noticed by owner (me) were that the airbag warning light was on. 
133300 mi

C $426
rear wiper motor assembly replaced 
143840 mi

C $2250
alternator replaced 

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2006 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

140-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

48000 mi

US $369
I had no indications of problems with my starter, but one day I couldn't start the car. Turns out the battery needed replacement, but so did the starter. Never had a starter go on me before. A salesman said the battery could have shorted it 
69000 mi Safety Recall 077 - Stop Lamp Brake Switch. The cruise control would not engage (a symptom that it was failing). 
100000 mi

US $200
Starter Motor Failure - went to start the vehicle it made 1 click sound and would not rotate. 
114000 mi

US $140
Starter (remanufactured) began to malfunction. Replaced with all new starter. 
89000 mi Stop light switch replaced under previous recall. Had not received notice, but found out about recall when researching problem. Manufacturing defect caused brake lights, cruise control and ESC to not work. 
197000 mi

US $30
back up tail lights not working- found to be a broken switch. 
213000 mi

US $120
Car would not start one morning. No previous problems. Battery found dead and wouldn't hold a charge. Battery replaced. This was the ORIGINAL battery that came in the car when I bought it new. 

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2006 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

140-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual AWD

151500 mi

US $300
Airbag light came on. A front passenger seat sensor was cleaned--which required removing the passenger seat. Some labor costs but could have been worse. No parts were replaced. 

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2005 Kia Sportage

Engine not specified

43000 mi bad stereo 
90000 mi

US $500
False Air Bag warning lite. Was an electical sensor in the Drivers seat belt assembly. Replaced complete assembly. I've got to beleive that it could have been repaired, but my wife brought it to the dealer. 

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2005 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

turbocharged 111hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual AWD

45260 mi False Air Bag warning indicator illuminated. 

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2005 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

69000 mi

US $80
The cruise control started to work off & on for no apparent reason. Dealership replaced the main C.C. mechanisim and that fixed the problem. 
52000 mi

US $177
Air conditioning went. A fuse and a relay switch had to be replaced. 

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2005 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

40000 mi cruise control stopped working. 

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2005 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

140-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

70000 mi Car used for USPS Rural Mail Delivery. Dust and dirt always getting inside, and spark plugs for power windows & locks would keep burning out every few days. Not sure what exact problem was, but fixed now and much less frequent. 
70000 mi

US $8
One headlight out. Easily replaced with bulb from parts store. 

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