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Kia Sportage repairs by problem area

Engine (29%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (0%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (22%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (38%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (4%)

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Kia Sportage engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (17%)

$500 - $999 (21%)

$100 - $499 (42%)

< $100 (17%)

Chart based on 24 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 Oil hose to turbocharger failed or was not correctly installed after new short block was installed 
39000 mi

US $110
Battery died - bought and replaced the battery myself - NAPA Legend 
40000 mi

US $35
replaced the aftermarket HID headlight low beam bulbs - one of the old ones had cracked 
43000 mi Smelt gasoline, looked under the hood with engine running and the plastic pretty cover pulled off. Fuel was spraying from the rigid fuel line where it meets the high pressure fuel pump. Stopped using the vehicle immediately The fuel line was replaced - they had overtightened it when the replaced the engine. I picked up the car drove it 200 feet and it lost power. They did not tighten the hose clamps on the turbo and didnt road test - obviously 

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2012 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

172-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

49300 mi The timing belt was stretched which caused the check engine light to go on. Mechanic, whom I know, said he had never seen that with so few miles. Kia paid 100% 

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2012 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

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

16500 mi Water leaks into the tail lights. Reported to the dealer and light was dismantled cleaned out with compressed air installed again applying sealant.2 weeks later it was leaking again! 
17600 mi Smoke smell sometimes in the cabin on hard acceleration. This started after the vehicle was serviced at the dealers. 
21700 mi Squeaky noises coming from one of the drive pulleys on revving engine, Drive belts seem in good shape 
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 
33040 mi Bushings on passenger side lower control arm was shot. 

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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

172-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

6000 mi

US $20
Had some update done at the same time as an oil and filter job. 
20500 mi The ac fans were squeaking. The blower motor needed to be replaced. 
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

172-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

6000 mi Engine start button started intermittently not working 

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2009 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

172-horsepower 2.7L V6 5-speed manual RWD

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

172-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

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 5-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 
28000 mi EGR Valve found to be dirty - stripped & cleaned and hesitation cured 
34000 mi Noise from rear suspension bushes when cold - know issue - new bushes of different compound fitted FOC 
52000 mi EGR valve sticking and replaced under warranty 
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. 
61700 mi flexible rear brake pipe worn (spotted by dealer) 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. 
30360 mi Door lock switch on drivers side was serviced. Drive shaft left hand and right hand side (velocity joints) was leaking out the lubricant. Repairs was completed by cleaning and replacing of lubricant. 
31000 mi Rubber strip on roof front LHS & RHS change out. LHS & RHS sun visor change out. 
42780 mi Replaced tail gate electrical locking unit on the tail gate. Repair succeswsful. 
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 $. 
78120 mi

$1300
Changed out front shock head Bushing left and right. 

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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 AWD

16000 mi repaired rear window defroster 
22000 mi

US $30
Noise in heater vent when making adjustments, Part ordered 
30000 mi Turn signal stalk replaced 
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. 
66700 mi

US $265
The harmonic balancer separated 

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2007 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

172-horsepower 2.7L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

34140 mi Safety Inspection found front struts needed replacing. Parts were replaced at no cost to me. 
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. 
79980 mi

C $815
The KIA was taken in for preventive maintenance of timing belt & water pump. Timing belt was installed incorrectly by one tooth. All valves, valve guides & chain guides were replaced with new. New spark plugs and antifreeze was installed. $640. The front stabilizer bar links were loose causing to make slight noise but had no problems with steering. I had them changed as a maintenance item. Parts repair was done at 123,269 kl same time as the timing belt & water pump were changed. $175. 
81680 mi The rear windshield wiper motor stopped working 

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2007 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

172-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

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 AWD

97920 mi

C $400
Right front wheel bearing replaced. Discovered by garage while changing tires. 
100440 mi

C $400
left rear wheel bearing, made noise 
102940 mi

C $325
Rear window hatch hinges replaced. They had completely rotted out and failed.  
109080 mi

C $400
Driver's seat belt buckle replaced. Symptoms noticed by owner (me) were that the airbag warning light was on. 
113200 mi

C $1120
front struts and control arm bushings replaced, wheel alignment, $1120 Replace lower LH ball joint $105. Replace left front wheel bearing $342. Replaced right front wheel bearing under their warrantee no charge. Replace left front axle $258. Replace flex pipe (front exhaust pipe) $245. 
124000 mi

C $660
replace transmission pan due to rust. no sign of impact damage. 
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. 
133300 mi

C $426
replace 2 front stabilizer links (worn) rear wiper motor assembly replaced 
135000 mi

C $625
replace two rear strut assemblies 
143840 mi

C $2250
alternator replaced one front and one rear wheel bearing replaced shock absorber top mount right front left front lower suspension ball joint replace right front sway bar bushing 
146340 mi

C $1660
all brake lines replaced, two front rotors, callipers and pads, brake master cylinder 
147560 mi

C $220
replace power steering pump power steering pressure line leaking 

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2006 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

172-horsepower 2.7L V6 5-speed manual RWD

69000 mi Safety Recall 077 - Stop Lamp Brake Switch. The cruise control would not engage (a symptom that it was failing). 
76000 mi

US $500
When driving over bumps a knocking sound could be heard coming from the drivers side. The following items were replaced: Front Struts (Left & Right) Ball Joints. Tie Rod Ends (Inner & Outer)(Replaced proactively) 
100000 mi

US $200
Starter Motor Failure - went to start the vehicle it made 1 click sound and would not rotate. 
107300 mi

US $190
Ball Joints 
114000 mi

US $140
Starter (remanufactured) began to malfunction. Replaced with all new starter. 
134000 mi

US $280
Replaced: Rear Springs Rear Struts Rear Stabilizer Links Rear Wheel Hub & Bearing Asst 
136000 mi

US $835
Replaced: Front Coil Springs Front Struts Front Stabilizer Links Front Inner Tie Rods 
137000 mi

US $304
Exhaust / Emission - Vehicle exhaust sound was louder than normal (exhaust leak), slight reduction in vehicle performance at low RPMs, and reduction of fuel economy. Fix - Flex Pipe and Second Catalytic converter changed 
52000 mi Radiator cracked. replaced.  Thermostat replaced. 
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. 
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. 
167000 mi

US $50
power steering belt busted, replaced 
194500 mi

US $200
Front end had been whining when driving at speed. Had the tires replaced and they said the wheel bearing was going out. Ended up replacing both the right wheel bearing  and tie rod. 
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. 
218300 mi

US $300
Front driver side area making loud humming noise. Husband was aware wheel bearing might need changed- we were out of town and took it to a mechanic to be replaced/ 
230000 mi

US $400
ac went out, replaced blower and pressures switches, dash dials 

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2006 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

172-horsepower 2.7L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

32500 mi Oxygen sensor was replaced under warranty. 
93000 mi

US $44
ESC light on, cruise would not set and no brake lights. Brake light switch. 
107000 mi

US $380
a fuel gasket was bad, radiator hose and new serpentine belt. 
112000 mi

US $550
Need bearings done in rear drivers wheel 
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 
137000 mi

US $150
bearings 

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2006 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

172-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

148000 mi

US $250
wheel bearing 
148000 mi

US $55
PCV valve clogged. 
151000 mi

US $1000
Struts replaced. 
151500 mi

US $300
wheel bearing replaced.. 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. 
154000 mi

US $700
Calipers stuck, replaced both rear calipers plus rotors/pads. 

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2005.5 Kia Sportage 4dr SUV

172-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

18600 mi Up date for motor management program , High fuel consumption ,it was 10 l diesel/100km if every thing goes well it will be 8.5 l /100km Will keep you informed over this issue.  
26660 mi Transmission problem, 3é to 4é gear slipping of auto cluts . Car computer read out failure Po741. Replacement of power transformer. 
42780 mi

€110
Replacement Left and Right front control arm bushing KIA Part nr :54584 2E000 Bush-FR LWR ARM 
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. 
49800 mi Irritating rattle the car started to shake at speeds over 110 km and steering wheel shaking. Replacement left/right insulator assy strut prt nr 54610E2000. Link assy fr stabilizer left/right prt nr 548301F000. Engine mount prt nr 21810E200 
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 . 
89900 mi

€530
rear suspension arms (rust damage )+ shock absorbers 
89900 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. 
89900 mi

€2200
*d I was towing my caravan (1500 kg )returning from vacation in France when the Turbo charger blew up at a speed of 90km with severe damage as result. And needed to be tow home 900km Kia France could not repair the damage in 4 days. 

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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. 
45260 mi False Air Bag warning indicator illuminated. 
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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