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#62 of 120 TRANSMISSION REPLACED IN NEW 2011 SORENTO 3500K
Feb 10, 2011 (1:02 pm)
Our First family vehicle has turned into a nightmare with a payment!" Driving in cruise control going abt 70 suddenly with no warning sounded like a bomb went off under the driver seat,Sorento stalled to nearly stopped and had no power,had to drive abt 20 mph on hwy to get home luckily was not far." This is what my husband said when he walked in from driving home from work!
I am a stay at home mother of a 1yr old and the primary driver of this vehicle.Thank God it wasn't me and my daughter in the vehicle when this happened! As I am reading all these post I see many of them could have been a serious accident,not sure if KIA is just waiting for an accident before any action is taken to do something about this!!!!!! The KIA service department called the problem a pressure control solenoid valve,and would have to completely REPLACE the TRANSMISSION,it only took 3 days to replace BUT got it home and are experiencing a weird noise under the Sorento when going over bump, sharp turn, or just while driving sounds like something lifting and dropping back down sounds heavy! We are filing a claim into the Lemon Law with the BBB Auto Line. KIA Corp. contacted us and offered to pay a car payment for some compensation(sorry but thats not going to make me feel any safer traveling with my small child)The Dealer ship saying "this is the safest car on the road" is a joke.Corp also made the comment the Lemon Law doesn't apply unless the problem cant be fixed but we will see. We want OUT of this vehicle!!!So glad I found these post, The 2011 Sorento needs to be recalled before someones life is taken due to an un admittable prob. by KIA!
#63 of 120 Re: TRANSMISSION REPLACED IN NEW 2011 SORENTO 3500K [casskimm]
Feb 10, 2011 (1:52 pm)
Glad no one was injured. PLEASE File a complaint with the email I posted above or at www.safecar.gov then "Vehicle Owners" then "file a complaint". Once a certain number of complaints are filed, the United States Government (National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration) will force KIA to recall ALL SORENTO's. Thanks for replying. You may save someone's life by filing the complaint and you can do it online in 3 minutes!
#64 of 120 love it /hate it
Mar 03, 2011 (3:09 pm)
bought 2011 sorenta feb/2010, loved the vehicle, big step up from the neon that we were driving. now, one year later, feb/2011 went to accel on entrance ramp to major hiway, heard crunching noises there was no acceleration w/ gas pedal pushed down, pulled to the shoulder, in park it ran fine, put it back in gear & crunching noises non stop. police came by & put out road flares for our safety, this occurred at night, we were lucky,had to tow to nearest dealer, next day they tell me that transmission needs replacing.gave me a loaner, supposed to be four days till it is ready. still waiting - hate it
has anyone had any problems w/ the second transmission that was put in???
#65 of 120 Re: love it /hate it [stempel]
Mar 06, 2011 (4:57 pm)
We are still having problems with 2nd transmission. We now have an Attorney (that should pretty much tell the story). Hope you have better luck than we did with KIA, and by the way, it was our 7th KIA, and last. Hope you have time to file a complaint on www.safecar.gov - vehicle owners-file a complaint. If nothing else - you can view the multiple complaints on the KIA Sorento by other owners. Good luck.
Apr 25, 2011 (7:24 am)
After doing a general search on kia's with transmission issues, I came accross this site. To be honest, I AM SICK! I bought a brand new 2011 Kia Sorento on December 2010. On April 14th, I was headed to work and it felt like I hit a brick wall. My car then would not shift gears and it would barely pull out. So I called a tow truck to haul to nearest Kia dealer. (Hometown Kia in Beckley) The tow truck was going to take 3 hours so my husband met me ad decided to drive it the 3 miles to the dealership. Once we got in there, the VERY FIRST thing the service guy said was "you didn't buy it from here did you?" That is when everything went down hill. Needless to say, I left that dealership and parked it at a local shopping center until my dealership in Princeton (Cole), who is awesome by the way, got back with me to tell me what I needed to do. In the mean time, the Sorento started shifting normally after shutting it off and starting it again. I was told that I could drive the Sorento to Cole's but to be careful. Cole's is about 40 miles away. Do not go over 60 miles an hour and the worst thing that could happen is that it would "hit the wa;; again." Oh, and I failed to mention my vehicle has 5,800 miles on it. So I took my car in on Thursday afternoon and got it back on Saturday morning. The "replaced" the transmission. All was good until Friday, April 22nd. My husband was driving it and BAM! It did it again. The second transmission with less than 1,000 miles on it and less than a week old is now doing the same thing. My car has 6,600 miles on it and they are getting ready to put a NEW tranmission in it again....the 3rd one!! What the heck?!?! I am located in WV and I think Lemon Laws here is 3 times with the same problem. Any advise?! Gosh this is horrible!
#67 of 120 Re: 2011 Kia [crissyg]
Apr 25, 2011 (3:46 pm)
Sorry to hear about your troubles! WV Lemon laws should be on internet, however, you might call the Attorney General's Office. My wife and I lived in WV for 15 years and through politics, we met the Attorney General many times. Point is, the politicians were very easy to access and very helpful. Glad you were not hurt, or your husband. As with all my replys, I hope you might find time to file a complaint with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration on the internet via www.safecar.gov and then go to "Vehicle Owners" and then "File a complaint" . Once enough complaints are filed, the US Govt will force a recall on the KIA Sorento. Good luck and we are on our 2nd Transmission and still have problems, however, the dealer cant "Duplicate our concern".
#68 of 120 Re: 2011 Kia [mcdonald340]
Apr 30, 2011 (8:14 am)
Planning to purchase a Sorento, got some worry after reading these posts.
Can someone tell me, on which models the transmission problem occured?
V6, AWD, 4 cylinder, automatic or manual?
#69 of 120 Re: 2011 Kia [antons911]
Apr 30, 2011 (8:24 am)
Mine is a awd 4 cylinder. Just got it back yesterday with 3rd transmission installed. I have lost complete faith and really I am scared to drive it. What if it does it again on the interstate? I cannot spend my life going 40 mph.
#70 of 120 Re: 2011 Kia [antons911]
Apr 30, 2011 (1:03 pm)
First off when you read a forum such as this it is going to appear that the vast majority of Sorento owners are having problems. People that are having problems are going to be attracted to these threads because it gives them an opportunity to vent. I have a 2011 Sorento EX V6 purchased in June 2010 and have had no problems with my transmission, knock on wood. I'm not sure, but it seems that the main problem for a small percentage of owners seem to be with the 4 cylinder. There is a TSB for a problem with the tranny in the 4 cylinder engines and it requires about 5 to 6 hours for the repair. They pretty much have to tear down the thing. Try this link it has a thread on this: http://www.kia-forums.com/2011-xm-sorento-forum/
#71 of 120 Re: 2011 Kia [antons911]
Apr 30, 2011 (3:02 pm)
The transmission issues have been on V6 AWD Automatic. We currently own one with 9,900 miles and love it. No problems at this point. The V6 is Consumer Reports #1 family SUV.