2004 Kia Sorento from North America
My main problem is the headlights - in less than two years, I've replaced the right low beam 3 times and the left twice. At the auto parts store today, the guys suggested I use a special grease on the probes. Hope that helps!
Gas mileage is terrible for a mid-sized SUV, but I've never owned a V6 before, so maybe it seems awful, but it average.
In general I love this vehicle - it's a great ride, powerful car - I've carried 2500 lbs of concrete, pulled a boat, and it was very easy for the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th May, 2007
11th May 2007, 08:16
Regarding your headlights changing bulbs once a year or every 9 months. That's quite often, but not extreme. I had the same issue on mine and it's 'normal' according to the Kia dealer. But: Many new car have bulbs that does not last very long, this is not only a problem in Kias. I've had the same problem on two different cars (non-Kia brands) and it's extremely frustrating since it's difficult to replace these bulbs as well - one even required dismantling several parts. This really annoyed me since I needed to take time off work and pay about $50 (bulb:$10 work:$40) to get them to change this lousy light bulb. Glad I dumped this one.
When manufacturers equip cars with bulbs that need replacing every year and it's almost impossible to replace these yourself these manufacturers deserves to go bankrupt. They have no consideration for the customers what so ever. Now I have a new Focus II that have a swing-out mechanism for the headlights so even your granny can replace these bulbs. Good work Ford!