Kia Motors Informative - Problem Car
ARIZONA -- I am extremely unhappy with my 2002 Kia Sportage. I purchased the car brand new and it has literally broke down on me 8 times in the last 3 1/2years. The first time at 11,000mi in the middle of a busy highway! I have not had any problem taking it to the dealer and having it serviced under warranty - until now. Apparently my service records were adequate enough to have it fixed the first 8 times with no problem, but now that it needs a new engine at 84,000 miles everyone is scratching their heads "wishing they could help". Obviously once I passed the 60k mark the burden of proof that I have not neglected my vehicle has become far greater...but even with my service records it appears to be a waiting game. The dealer has had my car for almost two weeks and they are still determining if I "qualify". And no one has offered me a rental either. It's a good thing I recently purchased another vehicle because I knew this car was too unreliable. To be fair, my best friend purchased the same car and has not had any major issues with it. It's an absolutely horrible ride at 90k - but at least it runs right? However, for a customer that does have a problem car it frustrates me that I have become the culprit - not the customer. Because of that I would never recommend a Kia. FYI - the timing belt has jumped three times, I needed a new sensor, the driver window wouldnt go up all the way, the check engine light continually comes on, grinding noise due to poor pin tension, replaced fan clutch and crank pulley, etc.
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