Last post on Nov 01, 2013 at 4:51 AM
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Kia Sorento, SUV
#4070 of 4079 almost all mechanics are ripoffs
Feb 17, 2013 (4:23 pm)
It;s difficult to tell, but it seems to me that you only were dealing with one dealership so not sure how you can make a statement that Kia dealers are ripoffs. In my experience, nearly all dealerships of any make are ripoffs. Most of them will tell you that you need new brakes, tires,etc before you actually do. Most of them will charge you more than they should. In fact I have had that experience with almost all mechanics I've dealt with. It's not just Kia mechancis and it;s not just dealership mechanics. I feel your pain though. I feel like I'm going to get screwed anytime I have to get my car fixed.
BTW, your last disclaimer is probably part of the reason that they didn't want to tell you how to do it or assist you in doing it. If they did and you had a gas leak and got hurt, they could have been sued in today's lawsuit happy society.
#4072 of 4079 Re: Buying Used [prbeach]
Feb 19, 2013 (9:04 am)
Thanks for taking the time to post your experience. They all seem to be crooks in my opinion. Just bought a new Sorento because the dealership that was working on my GMC Acadia was trying to rip me off so bad. This is my first Kia, if they don't treat me fair, Kia will lose a customer for life.
#4074 of 4079 Re: Tricky problem... and electrical system *MYSTERY*!!! [nova101]
Jun 02, 2013 (9:05 pm)
hello nova101.. did you find out what was wrong with your kia sorento? cus mine it's doing the same thing.. electrical issues?
#4076 of 4079 2014 Sorento Safety Issue
Jun 11, 2013 (3:43 pm)
The electroluminescent speedometer isn't readable during daylight operation. This causes a very real safety situation when the driver has to take his eyes off the road for 3 or 4 seconds to figure out how fast he is going.
The display is entirely programmable by Kia. They have chosen to show the speed by a small dark red marker against a black background. During daylight driving you have to hunt for the marker. Put on sun glasses and it can take 5 or 6 seconds to find the marker. All that time you are not looking at the road.
Simple program changes and software updates could easily solve this problem. - Make the marker longer and/or bigger, make the marker lighter red, make the marker white, or show the speed numerically in the center of the speedometer. All these could be driver selectable from the existing “settings” menu.
Kia has been made aware of this problem since at least June 10, 2013 (case # K2502753 – customer service representatives Quinton and Robin). They are liable for accidents caused by this faulty product. The local Kia service people recognize the problem but only corporate Kia can fix it.
Other than this safety issue my $39,050 2014 Sorento Limited is perfectly assembled and excellently designed.
Update: The local service people were told by Kia that they are working on the problem. That means Kia is selling vehicles with known safety issues.
#4077 of 4079 Re: 2014 Sorento Safety Issue [fred926]
Jul 02, 2013 (3:44 pm)
While you are waiting for some change from Kia, do you know that, using the Settings section shown in that display, you can make the speedometer font larger and therefore much easier to read?
#4078 of 4079 Re: 2014 Sorento Safety Issue [fred926]
Sep 08, 2013 (8:23 am)
I agree with you that the sun fades the ev display.. Mercedes had the same problem 2 years ago and now has a large ring, black numbers and a larger black speedometer needle.see google images Mercedes c speedometer..This would be a software change only..If Kia admits that there is a problem..Asians do not like to loose face..
#4079 of 4079 Re: What type of AWD does 2013 Sorento EX V6 have? [picante]
Nov 01, 2013 (4:51 am)
Very nice overview in the awdand4wd link. From studying the kia.infotech.com shop manuals, the XM (and XM/FL) Sorento have an "On Demand AWD (traverse)" which is in auto mode (activated when appropriate). With the lock button the Sorento goes into "Part Time 4WD" up to 30km/h (19mph). It goes into auto-mode above that speed to eliminate the drawbacks of "Part Time 4WD". Remember that the Sorento has no middle differential. The term locking differential is more for the front and rear differential, where the traction control, ESP and ABS do the locking for the otherwise open front and rear differentials to support left/right torque distribution.
The older Sorento (JB) looks like a "On-Demand AWD (longitudinal)" execution.