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#2045 of 2164 ESC OFF problem 2008 Kia Sorento
Jan 04, 2011 (1:50 pm)
I have a 2008 Kia Sorento with just over 34,000 miles on it and am on my second experience with the ESC OFF problem. The first time was July 2010, car was taken to a dealership and they replaced the sensor and car worked fine until this past Monday. I started my car to warm it up and after 10 minutes I returned to the car to leave and noticed that the ESC OFF light was on as well as the check engine light. As previous experience has shown me, the ESC OFF light is dangerous as the car loses power. I turned the car off, then on, but the lights were still on. I got a ride to work that day, but my dad went over to look at the car. The ESC OFF light went off for him and so did the check engine, he drove it around with no problem. Now this morning I started it to warm it up, no lights came on. I got in to leave and when I reached the end of my road at the stop sign, both lights came on again. I turned the car off, then on and the ESC OFF went off, but the check engine is still on. Called the dealership....taking it in on Friday an HOUR away....I hope I make it okay. I'm so disgusted with this problem. From what I am reading of others posts I should trade this car in soon as the problems will just mount from here and after the warranty runs out the cost will be a serious problem. I love this Kia otherwise...no other problems yet. Maybe I should trade it in for a new 2011 Sorento. who knows :0(
#2046 of 2164 to elfsprite33
Jan 04, 2011 (9:51 pm)
That's pretty crazy and sorry to hear about your KIA. Although, this may help my claim I filed with KIA about the esc off light and power loss. They have me in a tail spin saying that since I did not comply with my initial recommended transfer case maintenance at 45000 miles they will void anything beyond warranty. It's interesting to hear that you have the same problem before your 45000 miles..obviously my lack of maintenance to the transfer case has no relevance. It doesn't matter because your esc problem started well before that number. It's up to you but, I was told that if enough people file a complaint to the nhtsa it will give them reason to run an investigation on this issue. Otherwise, if u wait beyond your warranty the quote I was given would be around $700 to fix. My complaint is listed, it's really quick and easy to do too!!
Again, to me this is a safety issue that should be looked into as a recall/ defect. Good luck, i hope to hear your outcome.
Feb 17, 2011 (5:24 pm)
I am not aware of a Kia that has a low range 4x4 or for that matter 4x4. They are automatic AWD with a single range. You can lock the front and rear differentials into AWD for really bad conditions but this would create problems on dry pavement and excess wear.
#2048 of 2164 Re: 4wd Mode [forestgrump]
Feb 17, 2011 (9:10 pm)
My 2008 Kia Sorrento 2.5 Diesel 5 speed manual definitely has low range. The dial beside of the key has three stops that read. 4X2 HI, 4X4 HI, 4X4 LO.
The new Sorrentos have no low range but this one certainly does. It also has no center differential so that you can't drive in 4wd on the highway.
#2050 of 2164 2008 Sorento Stalling problems
Mar 19, 2011 (12:02 pm)
2008 Kia stalls and hesitates until the engine reaches full operating temperature. Have returned 3 times to the dealer and the problem re-occurs after a few hundred miles.
#2051 of 2164 Re: Kia Sorento problems [keahater]
Mar 29, 2011 (8:05 am)
I know this message was a long time ago but we are having the same issues with the crankshaft bolt and it has already been fixed from a recall and it broke again and now KIA is trying to say it's not their fault. Yet it's the same exact problem. Does anyone have any new information about this issue or had any luck with a class action lawsuit ???
#2052 of 2164 2006 Kia Sorento
Apr 03, 2011 (4:46 pm)
I drained 2 quarts of trany fluid ou and put 2 quarts of Dex-Merc lll in. I found out 4 hours later it should have been kia red 1 fluid. Can I drain fluid 2 quarts and refill with Kia red a couple of times or must I have the trany flushed?
#2053 of 2164 Re: 2006 Kia Sorento [loralou]
Apr 04, 2011 (8:45 am)
I would have the trany flushed
#2054 of 2164 Kia Sorento 2011 xm Air conditioning compressor problem
May 16, 2011 (1:42 am)
I just bought a Sorento 2011 XM last month in Malaysia. But i have to send it to service center today due to a strange and loud noise when i switch on the air conditional. The service center said it was due to the air conditioning compressor and need to order part from Korea. They said they need to take a month for delivery. This is unbelieveable! any one of you have this air conditioning problem?