Kia Motors Informative - Warning! 2002 Kia Sportage Owners
NEW YORK -- If you own a 2002 Kia Sportage and don't want to go through the expensive 5 month electrical nightmare that I personally went through, then I would suggest that you take your 2002 Kia Sportage to your local Kia Dealer and have them check the electrical wiring that is routed through the rear bumper in a unsafe location.
My Personal Experience:
In January.06, the dashboard lights went out and the front and rear parking lights were not functioning.
Brought the car to a local Kia Dealer to evaluate and fix the electrical problem. They replaced some burnt out fuses and I picked up the car. Right after I left the dealer and arrived at home, the fuses were burnt out again and I was back to square one. This went on for months without the dealer(s) locating what the problem really was. Annoyed and frustrated, I brought the car back to the dealer where I bought it from and they finally was able to locate the problem after nine hours of labor tracing the electrical wires from the harness in the front to the rear. Dealer claimed that I was in a accident which I was not or something hit the left side of the rear bumper causing the support bracket to press into the insulation of the electrical wiring causing the metal frame of the car to make contact with the exposed wire and shorting out the fuses.
Dealer refused to process this repair as a warranty and charged me 3 hours of labor at $90.00 per hour. Total bill with taxes: $293.29.
Mechanic briefly mentioned that this problem would not happen again, because he rerouted the wires in a safer location in the rear bumper. If this was done when the car was assembled, I never would have had this problem.
If you don't want this to happen to you, take your car to a local Kia Dealer and have them check your electrical wiring in the rear bumper. It's just a matter of time before you might get hit in the bumper.
I was not hit in the rear bumper or in any kind of accident as the Kia Dealer claims, because he saw a small scratch that one would get from a shopping cart brushing against it which does happen at your local shopping centers.
Hope this helps everyone who owns a 2002 Kia Sportage and no I will never buy a Kia again. they are a piece of crappy car and the dealers refuse to honor their 100,000 crappy warranty.
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