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Jan 24, 2012 (7:29 am)
For all of you people thinking of buying a Kia, READ THIS. Bought a brand new 2012 Kia Sorento, not a demo, right out of the show room. At 800 km head gasket had to be re-placed. At 1500 km, oil pan seal had to be replaced. At 2000 km engine block had to be replaced. After arguing days with Kia Longueuil and Kia Canada we got them to replace the entire motor instead of re-building my engine. KIA CANADA DOES NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCT AT ALL! We requested to have the vehicle changed for a new one from the minute we started having these problems and was told no BUT we will get free oil change. My truck that I paid over 40,000$ for a new vehicle experience has been ruined by Kia Canada. I am now stuck with a hunk of junk . For my loss of time out of the office, anxiety and fear my truck will break down, Kia Canada offered me a free oil change. If I ever sell or trade in my truck..which I will be doing, what do I say when I am asked if any major repairs have been done to the vehicle??
To my surprise Kia doesnít stand behind their product. Too bad we do not have a lemon law in Canada. I would Never buy a Kia again!!!! If you research Kia Sorento, I am not the only person to have major problems with the vehicle OR Kia Canada.
DONíT BUY A KIA!!
#2097 of 2164 After market Nvigation
Jan 25, 2012 (6:57 am)
Has anyone installed an after market in-dash navigation unit in their Sorento? If so, are you satisfied and can you provide details. Thanks.
#2098 of 2164 Re: After market Nvigation [cmuniz]
Jan 25, 2012 (12:53 pm)
I haven't installed one, but, did a lot of research. Check out www.crutchfield.com
Best site to go to for prices/warranty/info...
I found it to be better to just buy a garmin or tomtom (preferrably garmin). The in-dash items are pricey and higher quality than the standard stereo that comes with the Sorento. Also you would have to upgrade your speakers otherwise the quality of sound won't be so great.
If price doesn't matter than definitely check out the web site I listed.
#2099 of 2164 Re: After market Nvigation [esmith1172]
Jan 26, 2012 (10:42 am)
Thanks...my 2012 EX has the Kia nav system, but I don't like the screen. It is very hard to see in bright sunlight and almost impossible to see if you wear sunglasses while driving. I thought that I would be able to replace it with an aftermarket unit (Kenwood or JVC) and keep all the rest of the functionality such as back-up camera, Sirius radio and steering wheel controls. However, I'm told that none of the after market units are compatible with the Kia electronics so that I would also have to buy a new camera, add a new sirius radio and buy another harness adapter to be able to use the steering wheel controls. By the time it's all done I'll be spending more than $1,500 including installation with no guarantees that it will all work as I want it to. I just wanted to verify all this with an existing Sorento owner. I'll probably do nothing or just buy a portable Garmin like you suggest to use when I can't see the Kia screen.
Jan 27, 2012 (6:57 pm)
our 2003 kia had the fuel spewing out every time i went to fill tank..it went on for about 2 months and took it in to independent mechanic and found the whole fuel system messed up..replaced carbon filter..hoses..had to take tank out to do repairs at a cost of about 600.00 and now 1 year later had to have the fuel pump replaced , the pump itself was 519.00. this is the most absolutely worst vehicle we have ever owned..we spend around 1000.00 and more every year for some kind of replacement or problem on this car. i think all of us kia sorento owners need top place a class action lawsuit on kia...we all have had too many problems an it needs to stop now.
#2101 of 2164 Re: After market Nvigation [cmuniz]
Jan 30, 2012 (5:02 pm)
have you changed the display to daylight mode? I have no problem seeing mine.
#2102 of 2164 Re: Fueling issue on 2003 [mikewallace1]
Jan 31, 2012 (6:58 pm)
there is a voluntary service campaign out there now . it has to do with the filter inside the tank, they will replace your vehicle's fuel tank air filter , at no cost to you. we had to have ours replaced a year ago and now they will not reimburse us , not a surprise tho. i think i'm ready to start a class action lawsuit against kia. not just for the fuel tank but for the thousands of dollars we have spent on our kia just to keep it on the road. hope you get it fixed soon.
#2103 of 2164 Re: General thoughts on purchasing this vehicle [ellalmj]
Jan 31, 2012 (7:02 pm)
keep looking for something that is not a money pit...stay away from the kia sorento. wish we had of
#2104 of 2164 Re: fueling [cheryl05]
Feb 01, 2012 (5:08 am)
This is a rough one. I believe mikewallace...gave you the correct info on this problem. A couple things that you didn't mention were if the vehicle was running at the time you were filling it with gas, which may not have to do with the filter, but, pressurization and/or the fuel pump from the beginning. As soon as you mentioned that the independent mechanic replaced hoses for this issue - what was the purpose? Were they clogged or crimped? Is this mechanic reputable? One of the bad things about cars is that you can't really consult anyone before doing the repairs like you can with a doctor so you don't know what you're getting into especially if you need the car fixed immediately.
One of the bad things that can happen is sludge. You can pump it into your tank and never even know it. It can gum up everything and cause fuel to blow back. Once it gets into your system, expect a lot of problems.
What was the milage on the vehicle when this started? Have you had check engine lights? Overheating? etc.
#2105 of 2164 Re: fueling [esmith1172]
Feb 01, 2012 (6:28 pm)
when i fill a tank, the vehicle is not running at the time, i never do that. the vent line to the fuel tank from the charcoal canister was blocked, which also showed the charcoal canister coming apart internally and they said the hoses from the canister are cracking. the mileage at the time was 130832, there was never a check engine light on and it never has overheated...yet...we just could not pump gas in and everytime we did it would go everywhere , even at a very slow pump so we had to do something because it kept getting worse every time we would pump gas. and yes the mechanic is a very reputable one ..has been doing business for 30 years and i have taken our other 2 cars to them with very good results.