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Kia Sorento, Transmission
#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.
#72 of 120 Re: 2011 Kia [aballwienk]
May 01, 2011 (4:58 am)
My transmission was a 4 cylinder auto, not a 6, and my trans went. Its been fixed, and luckily, no more problems. I believe there has not been a full recall issued, but Kia has sent I guess what they call a "service recommendation" that addresses the problem. I hope they issue a recall, because my the car just stopped accelerating when this happened. Luckily, I was just getting off an exit, so it was easy to pull over, but God forbid your in the center lane of an expressway doing 65. That could cause all kinds of trouble!!!
#73 of 120 Dodge a bullet
May 10, 2011 (8:36 am)
We were hours away from purchasing a 2011 Sorento. I gotta tell you I was at first heartbroken when I stumbled accross all the complaints on safercar.gov. Then I was relieved & thankful that I did. On the surface a great car, all the bells and whistles, nice riding all at an affordable price, but all that doesn't mean a thing if the drivetrain can't get you from A to B safely. Whew!
#75 of 120 2007 EX Trans, Mileage, Belt, etc.
Aug 27, 2010 (5:28 pm)
Thank you for this forum.
I have a 2007 EX with 44,000 miles on it. There are a few questions I wondered if you could help out with (I've noticed the transmission thread, and don't know if this applies to me or not)
My car makes this whining type noise when accelerating and then switching gears, most times there is a delay between punching the gas and it catching in (remnant of a turbo charger type delay) There is a long post about tranny problems and that there is a service bulletin on the subject, but I cannot find that (any links would be awesome)
Issue 2 is this sound which I can only describe as kind of like a card in the spokes of a bicycle, kind of clicking noise. Out of frustration I lifted the hood and was trying to listen around and this big belt which goes around the frond seems to be the culprit or at least that general area. Any ideas on this, or is this something common.
My passenger seat frequently does not light up the passenger airbag light and this is with people of varying weights from 130lbs to well over 200lbs.
Last issue is gas mileage, no matter what is done (long trips, short trips, drive faster, drive really slow, it always says 27MPG and it really isn't getting anywhere near that) It's probably closer to 22 or 23 mpg.
The bottom running lights seem to go out a lot also.
I have searched these topics and I know that there are tranny issues and seat issues, but I can't find recalls or such on it (I'm so car dumb it's not even funny lol) also on the seat issue I see where people have had the bottom of the seat replaced, etc. I don't have much money at all and I have the main warranty which comes with the vehicle, also I have the oil changed at 3-4k miles.
Just looking for some insight into what to do. It seems to need brake pads also sigh... as they are squeaking, but dealers charge an arm and leg and I am not really sure what is covered in laymans terms.
Thanks for reading this and all of your help.
#77 of 120 2005 Kia Sorento - Transmission
May 14, 2011 (7:26 am)
I don't know a whole lot about cars, but I do know that I have a problem...
I was driving back home yesterday and when I got in the interstate, I noticed that the car was very sluggish. I also noticed that it wasn't going above 50mph, and that's even with the pedal floored. I then thought that I'd try it in manual and that did the trick. The manual shifting got me to 70mph with no problems. I noticed no noise issues or vibrations.
When I stopped at a traffic light on the interstate exit, I put it back into auto mode, and when I put the gas on to move forward, I felt a jolt and then I was moving again.
Can anyone tell me what's going on? I purchased my car used with 106K miles and now it's at 130K. 2005 Kia Sorento 4x4 V6.
#79 of 120 2008 Kia Sorento, Passenger side airbag and transmisson problems
May 19, 2010 (3:25 pm)
I have had the same problems as well as many others. I bought mine on July 21, 2008 two weeks later on 8-11 I had to take it in because of the passenger side airbag light would be on when someone would be sitting in the passenger side. I have had it now for 22 months, it has just over 25k miles on it and today made 14 times that I have had to take it in for service because of the airbag and the transmission. I met with the Kia Motors district manager of the southern region today and was not impresssed. He said that the Sorentos do not go by weight like the Kia Sadona's, they go by your "hip structure". Those were his excact words. So if you don't have big hips, then the airbag won't work right. I took a drive with both the service manager and the district manager and they reclined the seat back while I was driving and then set it back up, when they did that the light came on saying that they airbag was off. The district manager then had the guy sit up off the seat to let the sensor reset and then it worked. I asked him if he expected me to have someone constintly watch the light and if it goes off because someone shiffted their weight and have them sit up off the seat while driving so that the sensor could reset, he said yes. THIS IS RIDICULES AND UNSAFE!!! The service department has yet to fix the problem because they say that's the way it works and they just flashed my transmission for the third time so we will see in another 5k miles if its fixed this time! Word to the wise, DON'T BUY KIA!!!! Their own service departments can't work on your car with out calling into a "tech line" which is all email based. If the internet goes down, they can't work! I will never purchase a Kia again!