Software Update Available Which May Correct Transmission Issues on Kia Sportage

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.

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Average mileage: 92,585 (22,000–185,300)
Brakes affected: 2WD, 4WD
8 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
28 people reported this problem
15 people shared problem details
2002 Kia Sportage- 2WD64,000
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.
2008 Kia Sportage- 2WD125,000
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....
2009 Kia Sportage- 4WD75,000
transmission jerking at 35mph.
2008 Kia Sportage- 2WD108,000
Vehicle had codes p0700 and p0741. Tcc solenoid stuck. Took to dealer, which said they could not correct issue without replacing transmission assembly. I had them preform all applicable updates to vehicle. While I watched...paid them for updates and drove away. No further issue thus far. $110 cost, I did not pay for diagnoses because I told them to do updates and they took it upon themselves to do diagnostic.
2009 Kia Sportage140,000
When the transmission shifts from 2nd to 3rd, it while either Rev high then shift or it'll feel like it's bucking.
2008 Kia Sportage56,500
hard shifting at 20 mph and again at 35 mph it makes a herky jerky motion this will be the third time we have had this problem 1st time dealer fixed it no cost 2nd time we paid 50.00 bucks going to stop by dealer again tomorrow this has been on-going for roughly 4 years
2009 Kia Sportage95,000
Check engine light goes on and off. Throwing transmission codes. All maintainence has been done at suggested mileage. Guess I'm replacing transmission. Bought used and I've only had it 18 months.
2006 Kia Sportage50,000
I have been getting intermittent transmission codes for about 100,000 miles. The transmission has never been a problem, just the check engine light. I was foolish enough when the code first started to let the Kia dealer charge me $750 for a new wiring harness. The code reappeared in a week. The dealer solution was to replace the transmission, $1500 out of my pocket, which included another wiring harness. I declined. I have been watching the check engine light come and go for several years. The car currently has about 181,000 miles on it. Transmission still working fine. The problem now is if I get a code that is not from the transmission sensor, I don't know it.
2008 Kia Sportage144,000
Downshifts out of overdrive when it shouldn't.
2005 Kia Sportage- 2WD117,000
Real sluggish at times that makes check engine light come on had loud whining sound louder in reverse sound quickly getting worse having hard time starting at times and windows dont have full power
2002 Kia Sportage- 4WD185,300
Transmission not shifting right
2009 Kia Sportage- 2WD47,785
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!
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.
2009 Kia Sportage- 2WD55,000
Slow to shift into 3rd. Engine RPMs raise ~300-500 between shift.
2009 Kia Sportage- 2WD22,000
Transmission shifts slow into gear
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