Last post on Jun 11, 2013 at 4:43 PM
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Kia Sorento, SUV
Jan 04, 2013 (5:09 am)
This member posted about CarMax blowing out "slightly used" 2012 Sorentos and wondered what the deal is. I made some guesses but the interesting thing was finding this CNet story saying that the 2014 Sorento will be out in the first quarter of 2013. Someone in here probably mentioned it already but I skim so many discussions I overlooked it.
So if you don't have to have a new car before April, you may want to rethink buying. Or get a screaming deal on a 2012.
2014 Kia Sorento Moves Upmarket
#4067 of 4076 Re: anyone buying? [steve_]
Jan 04, 2013 (6:43 pm)
Steve, thanks for the reply!
It makes perfect sense why some Kia dealers just before the New Year were literally giving them away at around the same price as a used Kia.
I'm going to hold off until April to see the new Sorento but I'm also looking at the Hyundai Santa Fe and hopefully by then there will be more inventory available.
#4068 of 4076 Re: anyone buying? [n3tto]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 05, 2013 (8:28 am)
I just checked inventory for a Vegas zip code and found 21 new 2013 Sorentos. Same dealer had zero 2012s.
Watch the 2014's get delayed to October now.
#4069 of 4076 Re: Buying Used [parvardigar]
Feb 16, 2013 (4:13 pm)
My experience with the Kia dealers is not pleasant needless to say, they are rip off people. Why well I'll explain my experience and you be the judge. I called up to speak to the service department because I had purchased a used Kia it started ran for a few seconds then cut off after which it wouldn't start up again (it had, had a front collision) I inquired as to if there was a safety cut off for the fuel as I had suspected it to have one. I had some friends call before I called and they told them that there was no such thing. Then when I called and inquired they just told me to bring it to them and they would charge me close to $300 possible more to do a diagnostics on the vehicle. I hung up, called back and asked to talk to the service manager; when I did get in touch with him he stated that there was a valve that was located either on top of the fuel tank or inside of it on some models, that it was a safety feature to cut off the fuel supply in case of a roll over or a collision. That the tank had to be taken out to be able to reach and test it. I asked if that part was resettable or rebuildable and he said no that it had to be replaced once it cuts off, it was a one time use part if that was the problem. I asked to be transferred to the parts department and the price tag for the “valve was close to $500” and it had to be special ordered.
Listen I'm not clueless I went to school to become an automotive technician and I knew what he said didn't sound right. In any case I went personally to the dealer as I had done in the past with other dealers to ask if they could provide me with the wiring schematics to do my own troubleshooting I explained to them I don't let anyone touch my cars and I did my own repairs and the service personnel told me that he couldn't do that for me because everything was in a computer. I said to him that’s fine then you should be able to print out just the few sheets that I would need then with no problem. He said that that was not possible. I said to him “listen your the first car dealer that hasn't assisted me with the information that I need to fix my own car I've been to the Honda dealer and the Saturn dealer and they both were kind enough to print out the pages I needed to fix my vehicle and there system should be no different from yours because almost all dealers have the same type of standardized data base for the technical manuals but that’s fine I'll just go online to find out for myself.”
I lifted the rear seat that was located behind the front passenger seat below was the tank and there was no such cut off valve on top of the tank as the dealer had told me and I didn’t have to take the tank out to find that out it was quite clear that they were full of it.
So I did a little online search found a couple of web sites and read through the details that were found on the manuals, I found a web site that provided me with the “technical manuals the dealers used” in a PDF format immediately downloadable. Once I figured out how to search through the files I found the information for the “fuel cut off” it was no such cut off valve it was a cut off switch and it was not located inside the tank as I was told by the dealer its actually located under the hood on the passengers side it's a little button you press it for a few seconds and Huuuaala the car starts they could have just told me that over the phone the Kia dealers are full of it they just wanted me to tow the car to them for them to troubleshoot it charge me over $300 for diagnostics and do the same thing I did with less than 15 min searching through the manual for the problem and a few seconds pressing on the button to reset it. Honestly I've never worked on a Kia before but I was taught in school the basics to work on any car you give me a manual and I'll figure it out it might take me a bit but I'll bet on me anytime.
Note: as a warning if you smell fuel (ie. Gasoline etc.) you must cut the vehicle off immediately and fix the fuel leak that was what the switch was designed for to avoid a fuel spill in case of an accident and a potential fire hazard. You assume the responsibility if you reset the switch and I will accept no liability for the information I have provided to you, you use it at your own risk with this said if your accident was minor you should have no problem starting it up once you have reset the fuel safety cut off switch granted that it wasn't totaled out in the accident. You wont need to call a tow truck you can drive it home as long as you don’t have a fuel leak and you can still drive(ie. your not injured).
Hope this information is useful and if a dealer doesn't place the warranty in the contract then they wont honor it so make sure before you buy a used vehicle you read the warranty information before you sign the contract.
#4070 of 4076 almost all mechanics are ripoffs
Feb 17, 2013 (5:23 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 4076 Re: Buying Used [prbeach]
Feb 19, 2013 (10:04 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 4076 Re: Tricky problem... and electrical system *MYSTERY*!!! [nova101]
Jun 02, 2013 (10:05 pm)
hello nova101.. did you find out what was wrong with your kia sorento? cus mine it's doing the same thing.. electrical issues?