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Kia Sportage Software Update Available to Correct Transmission Issues

Kia Sportage Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Drive Trains Affected: 2WD, 4WD

Average Mileage: 68,842 mi (22,000 mi - 125,000 mi)


Reprogramming the transmission control module with the latest Kia transmission software may fix abnormalities in the automatic transmission and erroneous transmission-related Check Engine Light illumination. Software updates are commonly most effective on newer vehicles. Higher mileage vehicles may exhibit a similar symptom caused by a component failure. However, whenever major transmission repairs are performed the transmission software should be checked and updated as necessary.

  • Visitor, , 4WD, 75,000 mi

    transmission jerking at 35mph.

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  • Visitor, , 2WD, 47,785 mi

    Shifting hard from 2nd to 3rd gear. Scanned by transmission shop and shows no codes. Dealership wants $2000 to replace since I am not original owner!

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  • Visitor, , 2WD, 64,000 mi

    Tries to start out in 2nd gear - no 1st, then abruptly shifts to 3rd and stays there until the key is turned off. Then next time the car is started, the process repeats its self all over again. Dealer wants to install a new transmission to the tune of $2400, but i am not convinced the problem is the transmission - it seems more likely to be in the controls of the transmission. I am basing this assumption on the fact it tries to initially start out in a lower gear, but them gets confused and stays in 3rd thereafter.

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  • Visitor, , 2WD, 125,000 mi

    Transmission shifts very rough from 2nd to 3rd. Mechanic replaced tranny, still doing it - not quite as severly. Seems to be more of an ECM or software issue? whatever, I am out $700 & counting at this point....

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  • jess77, , 4WD, 102,000 mi

    I have faithfully changed the oil and maintained my 2009 Kia Sportage. I have not had any major issues with it until now. The check engine light came on yesterday and the dealership is telling me that it needs an entire new transmission to the tune of $1900. Of course, it's just out of warranty with 102,000. I am the original owner and have had all my work (oil change, tire rotation, etc) done at the dealership. They tell me there is nothing they can do since it's out of warranty. I plan to contact Kia corporate and see if I get anywhere.

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  • Visitor, , 2WD, 55,000 mi

    Slow to shift into 3rd. Engine RPMs raise ~300-500 between shift.

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  • Visitor, , 2WD, 22,000 mi

    Transmission shifts slow into gear

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