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#681 of 704 Re: 2005 Kia Sportage - accelerates/dies [bchapman1]
Jul 16, 2008 (6:27 pm)
I don't know if anyone else has gotten this issue resolved, but here's the scoop. I had the EXACT same symptoms on my 2006 Sportage V6 LX. Nobody, even the Albuquerque dealer where I purchased the car, could identify what the heck was happening. One time the dealer's mechanic even said that it was my gas cap leaking. LOL! I remember the first time I had that power drop and loud "CLUNK"... I thought I was going to cry because I thougth I'd bought a lemon. As I was relocating from Albuquerque to Dayton, Ohio the symptom reared its ugly head on the highway in between Amarillo, TX and Oklahoma City, OK. It was a saving grace in Elk City, OK that the AutoZone was still open and the clerk on duty put her analyzer on my poor baby. The code? THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR.... This little sucker was intermittently failing and finally pooped out on the road. I limped to OKC using almost a full tank of gas because of the raggedy driving. They replaced the TPS and there hasn't been a surge or drop ever since. I urge you to have your Kia Dealer/Mechanic look at this tricky little sensor. Good luck to all.
#682 of 704 Re: Recent Kia Sportage buyer- Think I got a bad deal ! [backy]
Aug 10, 2008 (3:26 pm)
Hi- I bought a 2006 Sportage EX fully loaded and love it. I'm getting ready to take my first trip tomorrow. I will tell you that I drive 37 mi a day round trip to work and I work 6 days a week, and I only fill up one time per week. I'm looking forward to finding out how much my highway trip will cost me. I dont travel on a highway going to work each week, and not only does my Sportage take me to work 6 days a week but also all those little extras, grocery shopping, etc. I use my air conditioning always, and I dont drive like a drip. Granted, I dont drag race to be the first in line to beat all the other drivers. However, I am so elated to own such a fine vehicle that not only gives me great gas mileage, but, is fun to drive and gives me everything I ever wanted in a SUV. I bought my Sportage last year, brand new, July 1st 2007. This is the best deal I've ever made on a brand new vehicle. I would never consider looking into another vehicle. I would hope you're not so dissatisfied with your purchase, because my SUV has been nothing but thumbs up!
#683 of 704 Re: Recent Kia Sportage buyer- Think I got a bad deal ! [idahocaj]
Aug 10, 2008 (3:30 pm)
Thanks for the insights. I had to put the Sportage on hold because I couldn't get the price I needed for our minivan. Also I noticed the lease deal on the Sportage is not as good now as it was in July. So I'll keep an eye on incentives as we get closer to the end of the year--hopefully they'll increase. I don't mind getting a 2008 on closeout since I hear there's very few changes on the 2009s.
#684 of 704 Towing with a Sportage
Sep 05, 2008 (11:37 pm)
I'm the proud owner of a 2006 EX with about 35,000 trouble free miles. I just completed a trip from Naples Fl to KC Mo towing a fully loaded 8' U-Haul trailer. Trip was uneventful, gas mileage was about 19 mpg at a cruise between 70-75 mph. I love my little, cheap SUV.
#685 of 704 Just bought brand new 08 Sportage
Sep 09, 2008 (12:57 pm)
I did my research and found the Sportage to be the best bang for my buck. One test drive and I was hooked! Traded in my 2002 Mazda Tribute, which I loved - but with 85,000 miles, I decided to retire her. You can't beat the warranty Kia offers, 10 years, 100,000 miles. Would like to hear from anyone out there who's put some miles on the 08. What, if any, problems you are experiencing. I'm in the LX-V6, leather, sunroof, Smart Blue (I call it Miller Lite blue)
#686 of 704 passenger air bag warning light
Dec 11, 2008 (3:30 am)
Just bought a 2009 sportage, v.6, 4WD. The air bag warning light "off" in front of the passenger seat sometimes goes off and sometimes comes on (not blinking) during a journey. Dealer's answer to my enquiry was - the light would go off to indicate air bag system is activated but if the passenger weights less than 110 lbs, the light would remain on indicating the system is not activated and air bag would not deploy in an accident; this is to prevent air bag injuries to passengers weighing less. No adjustment is possible but the seatbelt alone should be adequate.
My wife weighs 80lbs and safety is my main concern. Any suggestions, please. The owner's manual doesn't specify the passenger weight, only warns against children in the passenger seat.
#687 of 704 Re: Cruise control problem [tdenton]
Jan 26, 2009 (7:56 pm)
I seem to finely had my problem solved with my 2005 Sportage cruise control.
After first changing a switch in the steering column with no cure and then installing a new module still with no success the dealership finally removed the brake pedal switch from a 2009 Sportage in the showroom and installed that which seems to have solved the problem.
The mechanic told me this now has a guard bracket over it for protection.
#688 of 704 Great deals on '08 Sportages
Jan 31, 2009 (6:05 pm)
Anyone looking for a new Sportage, this might be a good time to buy. I saw an ad in the StarTribune (Twin Cities) today for new 2008 Sportage I4s with AT for just under $13k. The MSRP was just under $20k. Very nice vehicle for the money!
#689 of 704 Considering '08 Sportage leftover
Feb 26, 2009 (7:35 pm)
I am considering buying an '08 Sportage LX leftover. I would like to get a general sense of current owners' opinions of the '07 and/or '08. Any feedback would be much appreciated.
#690 of 704 Re: Cruise control problem [seniorcit]
Jul 25, 2009 (11:47 am)
Kia has recently started notifying owners of certain 2006 & 2007 Sportages about a recall for this same reason. They state the problem is:
"The Stop lamp switch in your vehicle may have been damaged during the assembly process. As a result, the stop lamp switch may malfunction causing one or more of the following conditions to exist:
* The brake lights may not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed.
* The brake lights may remain illuminated when the brake pedal is released.
* On some occasions, when the vehicle is started, the shifter cannot be moved from the Park (P) position.
* If your vehicle is equipped with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the ESC light may illuminate indicating "ESC OFF."
* If your vehicle is equipped with Cruise Control, depressing the brake may not deactivate the Cruise Control System.
The malfunction of the stop lamp switch may put you at risk of a crash.
Your vehicle's Brake and Anti-Lock Brake Systems are not impaired by this issue.
What Will Kia Do?
Your Kia dealer will replace your vehicle's stop lamp switch with an improved part at no cost to you.
What If You Have Already Paid To Have This Situation Corrected?
If you have incurred expense to remedy this issue prior to the date of this notice, you may have the opportunity to obtain reimbursement for that expense. Please mail your receipts with a cover letter directly to Kia for review and consideration:
Consumer Assistance Center
Kia Motors America, Inc.
P.O. BOX 52410
Irvine, CA 92619-2410