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Kia Sportage Engine Problems and Repair Histories

Kia Sportage repairs by problem area

Engine (21%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (14%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (31%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 220 repairs.

Kia Sportage engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (8%)

$1000 - $2499 (17%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (50%)

< $100 (8%)

Chart based on 12 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 AWD

19000 mi Engine failed - Replaced with new short block engine under warranty 

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2012 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

21700 mi Squeaky noises coming from one of the drive pulleys on revving engine, Drive belts seem in good shape 

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2011 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

23860 mi P2562 Boost Control Position Sensor (no turbo) Replace SMARTRA Module Perform TSB SA128B & SA173. Updates performed not related to problem, old tsbs. Problem soon returned(no turbo). P2562 Boost Control Position Sensor (no turbo) Replace Valve-Solenoid Waste Gate. 

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2011 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

38000 mi The push button start would not always work, causing the brake pedal to be hard and the car unable to start. 

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2011 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

6000 mi Engine start button started intermittently not working 

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2009 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

140-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

63500 mi

US $328
Oxygen sensor replaced Check engine light on; oxygen sensor found faulty 
84000 mi

US $150
Belts replaced 

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2009 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

47300 mi Car did not start, towed, O2 sensor was found to be running lean, was replaced. 

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2008 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

28000 mi EGR Valve found to be dirty - stripped & cleaned and hesitation cured 
52000 mi EGR valve sticking and replaced under warranty 
69000 mi Diesel particulate filter (DPF) housing was cracked and close to physical failure and not acceptable to MOT tester 

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2008 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

23600 mi

$1
Vehicle still under 3year warranty.1st engine job-Changed out all connecting rods bearings valve guide seals, crank shaft bearings,oil seals.This was done August 2010. This month back for engine job No2 -2qts oil/mth. 
29760 mi On this last trip the complete cylinder head and all parts on it were replaced. received the vehicle today the 4 / 01/ 11. 
75620 mi

$21000
Engine locked up, no reason given. Complete engine rebuilt. Engine block camshaft and cylinder head reused All other parts new. In shop nine months. Paid a little over half of total, 40,000 Trinidad & Tobago $. 

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2008 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

6000 mi replace gas cap 

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2007 Kia Sportage

Engine not specified

56000 mi Car was in and out of dealership (mostly in) from Mat 23rd to July 28. It was shutting of engine intermittantly while in motion. 

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2007 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

40920 mi

C $70
The variable belt tension-er "pulley" was wearing out making noise and slight wobble.I changed the belt also as a preventative maintenance because it only uses the one belt for everything.keep the old one as a spare as new ones do break. 

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2007 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

66700 mi

US $265
The harmonic balancer separated 
32000 mi Fuel gauge does not go to full after filling the tank. This was the 4th time the car has been returned for this. I have to return again in September for the same problem, Trip number 5 for the same problem. 
33000 mi Fuel gauge does not go to full after filling. This has been a problem since the car was new. This is the 5th time in for repair. 

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2007 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

142000 mi

US $712
The O2 sensors and the catalytic converter were replaced. 

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2006 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

32500 mi Oxygen sensor was replaced under warranty. 
107000 mi

US $380
a fuel gasket was bad, radiator hose and new serpentine belt. 
120000 mi

US $187
the vapor valve sticking/stuck open on gas tank. Had to replace. I still have a small vapor leak coming from somewhere. 
132700 mi

US $185
Right after putting in Gas, the car would not start acted flooded. Vapor valve that leads to carburettor was sticking & vapor valve in carburettor was sticking open.Replaced both valves and check engine light went off and car starts right up 

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2006 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

113200 mi

C $2835
Replace flex pipe (front exhaust pipe) $245. 
125240 mi

C $1410
heater for the O2 sensor failed, check engine light is on steady hydraulic timing belt tensioner failed. Replacement part came as part of timing belt and water pump kit. Also a very rusted main pulley was replaced (a $280 part). Could not break out the cost of replacing just the hydraulic tensioner. 

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2006 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

140-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

52000 mi Radiator cracked. replaced.  Thermostat replaced. 
145300 mi

US $280
Leaking oil from bottom of engine- oil pan gasket replaced. Problem not resolved. Still looking for leak. Losing a quart every 1000 miles, but car still running fine. 
152000 mi

US $895
Oil still leaking from previous repair- husband realized it was rear mainseal from research. Seal replaced. Clutch also replaced as it was 150,000 miles old and was convient to do so with this repair. 

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2006 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

140-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual AWD

148000 mi

US $55
PCV valve clogged. 

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2005.5 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

19220 mi Update motor management program,High fuel consumption 10 l diesel /100km. Promised fuel consumption 8.5 l /100km 
24490 mi Result update motor management program . The fuel consumption is now, mixt use- city and highway 9.5 l/100km 
48360 mi Timing belt was wobbling. Replacement of: tensioner timing belt, tensioner assy pulley, Idler assy timing belt. The ball bearing of the Timing belt tensioner was bad needed replacement part number 2441027000. 
84320 mi

€894
Crack in the Diesel fuel injection pump ,and two diesel injectors malfunction ,the diesel fuel is not spray in a fine mist anatomized, but is injected in to large drops ,so very poor combustion and no engine torque anymore and heavy smoke . 
92380 mi When returning from vacation in France and towing a 1500kg Caravan the turbo blew up resulting in a very expensive repair ,economical not remunerative anymore.I have bought a new Kia Sportage. 

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2005 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

34720 mi

€375
2 Bad Diesel Fuel Injectors - dealer recommends trying cleaner in fuel tank first before replacement. 
51460 mi

€300
Replace Water Pump 

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2005 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

79000 mi Intake hose was lose causing air to leak in and car to stutter. 
130700 mi

US $990
Catalytic converter inside exhaust manifold went bad. Manifold had to be replaced. 
174000 mi

US $1741
Sometimes Not Starting; thought timing belt broke - but it did not. replaced belt (75k), water pump (orig), plugs (75k), plug wires (orig). 

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Kia Sportage Engine Problems

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