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It's not the car; it's the dealer/service
By garibaldibyrde on
2008 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
As much as I like my 08 Sorento LX, it's not the car, it's the dealer/service!
The Sorento seems to be one with certain issues that plague most of the models. For example, so-so MPG,
the passenger air bag sensor, brake rotors, hard shifting transmission (intermittent), rear differential failure and a front, testy transmission when in 4WD and recurring right side axle seal leak. These are problems which should be handled under warranty by any KIA dealer. Unfortunately, that is not the way the company does business. If you get lousy service at one dealer, you should be able to go to another dealer for service without problems. Not so with KIA. Let the buyer beware! Also if you miss any of the recommended services, they won't honor the warranty if any parts are adversely affected, even if the part just went bad on its own! KIA is extreme with their maintenance recommendations and timeliness of the services. Also be very careful when buying in the showroom. Every dealer is trained in HIGH PRESSURE sales/scare tactics. Don't allow them to pressure you into buying a car that you don't want. A "similar" vehicle is not the "same" vehicle that you want. Brush up on your haggling and bargaining skills and be prepared o walk out if you can't reach an agreement.
4WD, comfort, power, room.
Better fuel economy and better service without all the company "red tape" and runarounds.
We bought our 08 sorento EX brand new and it now has close to 40,000 miles. So far the only problems we've had were the drivers side headlight went out, then the passenger right after I replaced the other one lol. Guy at parts store told me that halogen is prone to failure, not kia's fault really. I read about alot of problems with sorentos but they were problems with models prior to 2008. I think the 3.8 is very powerful for a v6, and runs very clean. The gas milage is lame yes, but for the size and power not so much. Not many people pass me in the sorento :p
And in 3 years/40k miles, the car has only lost $6k in value from brand new. You lose $3k when you drive off the lot :)