Vehicles driven in areas where roads are heavily salted in winter may experience corrosion of the fuel tank, which can result in a leak. Kia has extended the fuel tank warranty on the 1996-2002 models. Please check with you local Kia dealer for more information, the service bulletin number is 059Google+
Car Problem Reports
Kia Sportage Fuel Tank Leak Due to Corrosion From Road Salt
Kia Sportage Problem
Average Mileage: 117,472 mi (60,000 mi - 209,000 mi)
Visitor, 1998 Kia Sportage, 84,000 mi
I have a 98 Kia that was given to me by my mother.She hardly ever drove it.It now has 84,000 on it and a few months back someone said that I had a gas leak.We looked at it and sure enough,right on the bottom of the tank there was a rusted out spot that was leaking.The heat shield had rusted away as well.Since I didn't have money to replace the tank I put a pan under the car to collect the gas that was leaking.I tried steel stick but the gas would just eat right thru it.THEN,my timing belt broke.I had a friend work on that for me.He decided to look online about the gas tank,to see what it would cost for a new one.He found out that there was this problem on 96 to 02 kia's so he decided to call a dealership for me.The needed the mileage and the VIN which we gave him.Also wanted to know where the leak was coming from.We called him back and he said that they would fix it,no problem.Now,I haven't brought it in yet,still fixing the timing belt,but I really hope they fix this without any problems.How a company can make such a cheap and HUGE mistake putting peoples lives in danger is beyond me.So my only advice to people being told they wont fix this problem is to maybe try different dealerships in the area and maybe someone will fix it.
just replaced gas tank. This car is a piece of crap
Visitor, 2000 Kia Sportage, 60,000 mi
Fuel tank leaking at seam. Also the frame in the driver side rear is rusting out on me.
Visitor, 1998 Kia Sportage, 115,565 mi
You can smell fuel and also where it sits fuel on the ground. And when I put gas in it , I know it leaks out .
Visitor, 2000 Kia Sportage, 85,000 mi
I needed a new fuel sender and my gas tank was pretty rusted. They suggested I should replace the tank because they have to remove it anyway to replace the fuel sender. The fellow that did the work (mechanic at the KIA dealership might have been a mechanic for a couple of years) did more damage and I had to pay an extra $200.00 on top of the already outragious prices because (you can only get parts from KIA) he made a mistake blamed it on the work that was done by my regular mechanic (whose been a mechanic for 30+ years) I receive the recall about the fuel tank and they came up with some lame excuse why it wasn't covered. I will NEVER buy another KIA, won't recommend it to anyone else, nor will I step on the lot on Brookpark Rd. in Cleveland , Ohio.
Visitor, 2000 Kia Sportage, 123,000 mi
the fuel tank is leaking from the sending uint. The dealer was contacted and they told me that the recall has expired and that i would have to replace the tank at my expence. What about the fire and safety issuse. so i now have a KIA Sportage for sell haha.
Visitor, 1997 Kia Sportage
fuel tank leak due to corrosion from road salt second time
Visitor, 2002 Kia Sportage, 100,000 mi
I smell gas fumes if I hit the circulation button or airconditioning button it pulls out the fumes and I can't tell how much gas is in my car because the needle sticks or floater gets stuch I have to wait until the little gas tank lights up and lets me know when it's time to get gas other wise I don't know if I have gas in my car or not.
Visitor, 2000 Kia Sportage, 122,071 mi
Gas flowed from tank, took it to shop and was told the tank was corroded. Have not gotten it repaired because cannot find replacement tank.
Visitor, 1999 Kia Sportage, 180,000 mi
Tank leaks because of rust. Can not find used one.