2007 Kia Sorento Consumer Review: 125,000 Major Engine Fail

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EX 4dr SUV (3.8L V6 4x4 5-speed Automatic)

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125,000 Major Engine Fail
By ffenwick on


2007 Kia Sorento EX 4dr SUV 4WD (3.8L 6cyl 5A)


Followed the recommended timing change and water pump replacement at a KIA dealer in Fair Lawn, NJ
SUV developed starting problems, rough engine idle, then loud noises and violent shaking motions in the engine.
Dealer in TN diagnosed broken timing change with metal fragments in the engine, requiring engine replacement.
Opted to sell vehicle for parts rather than the expense of repair.
There was a class action lawsuit regarding this problem with the 3.8 L engine. The class action was ultimately denied.
This was my second Kia Sorento.
This will be my last KIA.

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By ffenwick
on 09/03/15 08:05 AM (PDT)

Update, Major Engine Fail at 127,000. Had the timing chain and water pump replaced at approximately 104,000 by a Kia Dealer. Now the Kia dealer is recommending replacing the engine. Note there is a class action lawsuit filed in NJ against KIA regarding this same major engine fail. DO NOT BUY THIS CAR.

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