8th May 2009, 12:26
I purchased my Kia Sorento in December of 2007. I read the reviews of the Kia Rio and I am experiencing similar things.
I haven't even had the vehicle one year and a half. Yet, it is in the shop right now. This will be the second time the transmission (manual) was replaced. The second clutch and pressure plate and throw-out bearing. I don't know a lot about cars, but I feel like there may be a defect in some of these parts. Kia also doesn't provide a loner car for when your car is being fixed. :( I am a single parent with no way to go each time my vehicle has to be fixed. It has been in the shop several times since I purchased it.
There is also a bad smell coming from the vents. The service guy told me that I would just have to purchase some air freshener. WHAT!!! They need to just FIX the problems. My brakes suck, too. It seems that they wear extremely fast.
Other than that I like my Sorento. I like the way it drives and every other thing about it. I just want it fixed and to stop having the same reoccurring problems. Any suggestions??? Anyone???
10th Oct 2009, 17:53
Wow, I am surprised at all the issues. I have had my 2006 Sorento LX for 3 years now and it is bullet proof. 95,000 KM and still have the original brakes, just changed the tires (Kumos are fantastic), and still the original clutch. I've just done regular maintenance items, and things are great. I normally do not keep vehicles very long, but I plan on keeping this one for quite some time.
I do have these minor "complaints"
1) Rear stop lights seem to burn out frequently
2) Interior finish seems to be fading faster than it should.
3) 6 speaker stereo? Even the dealer can't find all 6.
4) Fuel gauge with a "mood". Stops working on occasion.
I plan on getting a second vehicle soon, and I am upset the Kia line of cars are somewhat "boring", otherwise I would get another.
24th May 2011, 09:44
Well, I think everyone knows why your have transmisson problems, brakes problems and poor MPG. Your standing on the brakes, you're not used to a standard transmission, you're most likely driving with the left foot on the brake while using the gas petal.
Most of these problems come from a new driver. Any vehicle requires good driving habits to get good MPG etc. I knew a lady that had a car that the auto trans, had to be replaced about 3 times, what was happening was she drove with her left foot the brake and the right foot on the gas petal. A very expensive "bad habit".
Each of us must take care in not doing those bad habits, otherwise we may never have a "great car or vehicle".