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#685 of 704 Just bought brand new 08 Sportage
Sep 09, 2008 (11:57 am)
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 (2:30 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 (6:56 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 (5:05 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 (6:35 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 (10:47 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
#691 of 704 Re: passenger air bag warning light [pdc2]
Jul 25, 2009 (11:01 am)
A saw somewhere the advice for such a concern is for you to ensure the passenger seat is pushed back as far as it will go. Also keep the chair back slightly declined. The problem with air bags and small people is the force of the air bag deployment hitting the person while they are seated.
As this is internded as advice, there is no guarantee this will keep your passenger safe.
#692 of 704 Re: Cruise control problem [tdenton]
Sep 18, 2009 (6:24 pm)
I would like to know what kind of problem you were having with your cruise control.
I have a 2005 & the cruise control light will come on but when I push the button to set it, it will not set.
#693 of 704 Re: Cruise control problem [cats0911]
Sep 18, 2009 (8:40 pm)
My 2005 Sportage had the same problem. I took it to a Kia service shop... sorry, I can't remember the particular whys...but they fixed it - under warranty.
#694 of 704 Re: passenger air bag warning light [pdc2]
Oct 21, 2009 (1:58 pm)
My 2008 Sportage Passenger Airbag light does the same thing. This is a serious safety issue. My daughter and wife each weigh 110 Lbs and the airbag light goes off and on while driving. I know of no other car that acts like this, Many cars have a deployment force based on passenger weight. I've spent a fair amount of time in Korea and the average weight is much less than the USA so they can't possibly be unaware of this issue. I was told by the Kia dealer that the passenger has to be in the seat (and seated properly!!) before turning on the car for the system to work properly. This sounds like a crock to me. You mean if you stop to pick up someone after backing out of the garage you have to turn off and on the car. I think Kia Corporate and the National Transportation Safety Board should be made aware of this serious issue.