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Kia Sportage transmission repair cost distribution

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2011 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

59000 mi Transmission random slipping. Dealer kept car 1 day. Could not duplicate problem. Checked T fluid and reset the shift points. 

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2008 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

26000 mi Car hesitates at low speed - around 1500 - 1800 RPM. Dealer believes this is because of different tyre makes on axles causing 4WD system to kick-in & out. Has tried rotating tyres to see if this cures the problem....now testing 

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2008 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

30360 mi Drive shaft left hand and right hand side (velocity joints) was leaking out the lubricant. Repairs was completed by cleaning and replacing of lubricant. 

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2007 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

20000 mi Rough shift on transmission from 2nd to 3rd replaced under warranty 

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2007 Kia Sportage 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Manual transmission felt very 'notchy' when shifting. It wasn't damaging, but felt like very, very mild kick-back from the shifter. I was comparing the smoothness of shifting to my Echo, and previous Hondas. I didn't expect this rough. 

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2006 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

113200 mi

C $2835
Replace left front axle $258. 
124000 mi

C $660
replace transmission pan due to rust. no sign of impact damage. 

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2005.5 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

26660 mi Transmission problem, 3 to 4 gear slipping of auto cluts . Car computer read out failure Po741. Replacement of power transformer. 
89900 mi

€530
rear suspension arms (rust damage )+ shock absorbers 

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2005 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

21080 mi

A $750
oil seal on transfer case had to be changed due to heavy leakage. mechanic quoted 5hours is this correct in AUD. 
22000 mi

A $750
Transfer box leaking oil found that 3 seals and o ring had to be replaced. 

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2005 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

94700 mi

US $300
My car had a great amount of vibration when driving around on the highway. Tires were balanced and rotated, alignment checked out. Problem still remained. Took it to a local shop and the tech found it was the CV joint, shaft. Issue resolved. 

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Kia Sportage Transmission Problems

291 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Kia Sportage. 9 of these members (3.1%) have reported transmission repairs for their car. A total of 12 transmission repairs to Kia Sportages--an average of 0 per vehicle--have been reported.

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