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#80 of 120 Re: 2008 Kia Sorento, Passenger side airbag and transmisson problems [rmathews14]
May 25, 2011 (6:57 am)
i have a kia sorento which i bought in 2009. it was a new vehicle, i purchased it in march of 2009. In May of the same year, I had to take it in for service because it was making a loud whining noise. I thought it was transmission related but I had it checked out by an independent mechanic because I was very worried driving with 2 children and there was not a dealership at that time in the area....he stated the transmission was fine but that it was a problem with the drive train/rear end. I called Kia made a service appt. and took it in the following day..I received a call from them 2 hrs later, it was the rearend and would have to be replaced! Are you kidding brand new car and replace the rearend? ok they fixed cost nothing due to warranty, went to get it and was told by service manager that this was a widespread problem, but just on kia sorento 2008 models. Nothing else. There was a recall on passenger side air bag they corrected that. I still have problem whining sound again. They said it was nothing this time but i dont believe it. i think they dont want to replace again, hoping warranty will run out.....Never again....
#81 of 120 Re: 2011 Kia [crissyg]
Jul 26, 2011 (4:25 pm)
I experienced the same "hitting a brick wall" feeling while driving on I-75 at 75 MPH. It was the scariest thing, especially since I am 8 months pregnant and was unable to get my car started again after I pulled over.
What did the dealer tell you was the issue. I got the "we can't replicate the problem" speech from them today. I wish I could predict when it would happen again, but unfortunately, my crystal ball is broken.
How long did it take before they admitted there was an issue and replaced the transmission?
#82 of 120 Re: 2011 Kia [erinhaf]
Jul 26, 2011 (5:22 pm)
So sorry to hear about your ordeal and thankful you, and your unborn child, were not injured. Good news on the Transmission. Go to WWW.SAFECAR.GOV and you can look at the service bulletins as well as the recalls on the KIA Sorento 2011 and you will see that there is now a recall to replace the transmission. Call you dealer or call the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and good luck to you. Thanks to all whom complained on this site as well as the NHTSA (Safecar.gov) website. We did it!!!
#83 of 120 Over flow From Transmission Dip stick
Jul 30, 2011 (9:44 am)
I have a 2004 Sorento with a 116,000 km on it. When travelling on the highway and/or going up hills with high rpms about 4 thousand the transmission fluid comes out the dipstick and drips on the manifold leaving a nice smoke screen behind us. I have checked the transmission fluid is not overfilled. Anyone experiencing the same problem. This has just started.
#84 of 120 Re: 2005 Kia Sorento - Transmission [blakebritton]
Nov 11, 2011 (12:29 pm)
I have a very simular problem and still within the warranty (96k). I plan to take it to dealer soon to see what is up. The transmission never did feel right inspote of the dealer claiming it was fine.
#85 of 120 Re: New Problem from supposed repair [edladaire]
Nov 13, 2011 (6:28 pm)
we have a 2003 kia and had problems with the crankshaft bolt...ours was a recall which i think they half-assed fixed because about 40,000 miles later it broke again and they would only repair it at our expense. we have had so many problems with our kia that we have decided to get rid of it finally ...it is just too expensive to keep. we spend around 1200.00 a year just to keep it running.. and every repair is around 600 to 1000. every time. "> i think the majority of these kias are LEMONS.... NEVER AGAIN
#86 of 120 Re: New Problem from supposed repair [cheryl05]
Nov 14, 2011 (4:59 pm)
I finally took KIA to Court. While I can't tell anyone what to do, as I'm not an Attorney... I can tell you what I did. In Texas, we have the "Lemon Law" Court with an Administrative Law Judge. It cost $35 only. I find it an excelent way to fight back. Remember, as taxpayers, we also have the right to file with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. It takes some looking on the website, however you have the right to file a complaint AND there is a place on the site whereby I look up recalls as well as "Service Notices" which are voluntary recall measures. Good luck to anyone whom owns a rotten KIA Sorento!
#87 of 120 2011 Kia Sorento fwd. 2.4 cylinder auto trans.
Nov 23, 2011 (8:50 pm)
my 2011 kia sorento was fixed on recall regarding the tranny. After driving for 26 days I had a bad accident. It takes 20 minutes from home to work and I'm positive that the vehicle engine is in normal temperature. I stopped at MCDONALD REST. to buy my breakfast. the vehicle is facing towards the building of the restaurant. I got on and started my veh. step on my brakes to engage in reverse. the car started shaking, reversed and start spinning 360 degrees, hit the railings and the ramp of the restaurant and drive forward inrto the middle of the parking lot, and it stop because the two rear control arm (axles) were broken. I was shaken and it was hard to remember what really happened. what i explained was the same as what the witness saw while lining up on the drive thru to order her breakfast. The witness came over and helped me. The cost of the damaged was so expensive that I have to go thru my insurance. I had the vehicle fixed by reliable shop not Kia in order for me to verify that the accident was the result of the recall repair. The vehicle is drivable and I'm still waiting for some parts from KIA. I almost forgot that on that early morning before the accident the vehicle reversed on unreasonable speed on its own. I have to control by applying the brakes. My husband is driving the vehicle and he told that he is always alert everytime he backs up. I need your advice before i will informed KIA. Thank you very much, Nelda
#88 of 120 Re: Transmission Problem After Recall [edladaire]
Nov 30, 2011 (3:15 pm)
I also have a 2005 KIA Sorento and I was experiencing the same problem while on the way home to Indiana last year my car kept jumping into 3rd gear; so when I returned home to Florida I took her to the dealer and was told that I had water in my transmission housing unit he said that this happens on Kia's. He drained the transmission fluid and flushed the water from the housing unit and the check engine light went off. Now this is doing it again and not only that but my lights are out in the back when I turn on my headlights. I do have brake and praking lights but after that when I am going down the road (after being pulled over by the police) I was told I have no back lights on. I don't know what would cause this problem because I had the fuses and bulbs checked out and they all function fine. I was advised that the BCM might need reflashed. What is your opinion.
#89 of 120 Re: 2008 Kia Sorento, Passenger side airbag and transmisson problems [twest08kia]
Dec 18, 2011 (10:04 am)
I had the same problem! Bought the 2008 Nov. 2010 used with 23,700 miles on it and over the summer was hearing a whining noise that kept getting worse. By that time I had 40K on it and the repair man said it was the differential that needed replacing. I submitted for warranty and KIA refused sayig that I failed to perfrom the 22k mile check on the vehicle which included changing the fluyid in differential.. I had done routine service each month on the vehicle by a local service station and had all records. I told them that I bought it after that service check from the Kia delearship so it should be covered, they said No , used vehicle is bought as is. i told them that the dealer sold me the car with the 60K Warranty from KIA and if that was the case it is false advertising since they knowingly sold me a car that was not kept up to date on maintenance.. they still refused. Tehy didn't even bother to open up the differential to make sure what the part failure was . I called 1-800 LEMON LAW for breach of warranty. (awesome resource) I faxed them all my repair records, I paid nothing. The attorney fees were paid by KIA and my repair was fully paid for. However, they had my vehicle 19 days and would not reimburse me for a car rental. also they replaced the parts in the differential that were bad (bearings) but i still hear and feel a small vibration. The repair was done Oct of 2011 and it is only Dec and I am concerned that it will break before the 60K warranty is up (at 53K now) and the repair is only guaranteed for 12K. KiA warranty is crap, they gurantee a new car for 100K but once it changes hands it is only covered to 60 K. also if you go over the mile checks by 500 miles then it voids the warranty. sounds like a good deal at first but KIA is hgih maintenance!!!! due to the ability of the vehicle to go between 2WD and 4WD, if youget a flat tire and need it rplaced, they suggest you change all four so that there is even tread wear and thus not dmaging the drivetrain. So everytime you change tires it is 4 at a time? small fortune... I get it but i would not buy AWD or such ever again if that is the case.. good luck. I am giving it to my daughter as a first car, can't take the hit on the re-sale. just good for around town but not for serious driving to and from work (hour each way)