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2011 Kia Sorento

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  • lok888lok888 Posts: 1,749
    they probably got it wrong. new Sorentos (for US markets) are being bulit in Georgia plant. the Hyundai Santa Fe will be built in the same plant later this year.
  • we just bought one also that has factory installed car starter, however, can't figure out to start it using the remote. Any ideas.
  • Okay, just figured it out. You have to press the lock button and then press the start button within 3 seconds.
  • "usually after a corner i push on the gas and nothing happens. if you lift off the gas pedal and get back on it, it starts to pull normally."

    This is normal because if the car detects the higher than recommended speed when cornering, ESC and Traction Control systems kick in and shutsdown the gas supply to avoid the rollover.
  • "The car has a great deal of rolling resistance. It's almost like you are driving with your foot on the break. It appears to be the transmission."

    If it is happening when cornering or on a slippery surface, then it is normal because when car detects the higher than recommended speed when cornering or when car detects a slippery surface, ESC and traction control system kicks in and shutsdown the gas supply for safety reasons.
  • We bought a Kia Sorrento back during the President Day sales in February. I do not recommend buying this Vehicle. It was against our judgment because there wasn't a dealer within 80+ Miles of our house, but as we had a family member that worked for a dealership, we decided to buy it as it was well advertised. Throughout our short-lived ownership, the vehicle went to the dealership several times to have recall work done on the ECM module, and also to have an issue with the climate control module not working repaired. Finally in July, my wife was on a road trip on the highway and it caught on fire under the hood. Thank goodness somebody passing by noticed as none of the gauges on the dashboard indicated that anything wrong was occurring. She was fortunate that she didn't have our kids and she got out safely. Kia only called us once just to see if we were ok, but never offered any help. Needless to say, we own a Subaru Outback now as the replacement and haven't had an issue with it yet.
  • We bought a Kia Sorrento back during the President Day sales in February. I do not recommend buying this Vehicle. It was against our judgment because there wasn't a dealer within 80+ Miles of our house, but as we had a family member that worked for a dealership, we decided to buy it as it was well advertised. Throughout our short-lived ownership, the vehicle went to the dealership several times to have recall work done on the ECM module, and also to have an issue with the climate control module not working repaired. Finally in July, my wife was on a road trip on the highway and it caught on fire under the hood. Thank goodness somebody passing by noticed as none of the gauges on the dashboard indicated that anything wrong was occurring. She was fortunate that she didn't have our kids and she got out safely. Kia only called us once just to see if we were ok, but never offered any help. Needless to say, we own a Subaru Outback now as the replacement and haven't had an issue with it yet.
  • moymoy Posts: 7
    We purchased a SX V6 about 3 weeks ago. So far no issues and everything has been great. I drive a mix of highway and city and average about 21MPG so far with about 2500 miles on it.

    I also have a co-worker who bought one before me and loved it and that was the main reason we test drove one and eventually bought it.
  • Wow... a terrible experience! We have had NO problems with our Sorento... in fact we absolutely love it, still. We got a Sorento SX (built in September 2010), so perhaps these issues have been ironed out with successive builds? Any car company is going to produce lemons. Consumer Reports actually rates predicted new car reliability as slightly above average for the Sorento.
  • onefunkaronefunkar Posts: 113
    wonder if anyone else in snow climates has noticed that the 2011 sorento is terrible in snow. ive driven here in minnesota since 1967, have had alot of different vehicles over the years and the sorento rates dangerous on snow. im thinking its the tires. you hit the brakes and nothing. drove my miata in the snow toaday and it put the sorento to shame. the sorento has been great other than this. needs a different brand tire
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 371
    Yes the Sorento FWD is terrible in the snow. If I lived in Minnesota I wouldn't consider anything but 4WD or AWD and buy snow tires for winter use. I am assuming you have the FWD with the Kumho low rolling resitance tires. Those tires are awful in the snow. I wish that I would have kept my 2004 Moutaineer AWD V8 with All Terrain Suv tires. That sucker would plow through anything.
  • onefunkaronefunkar Posts: 113
    good to know im not alone. ive had many fwds and have never had trouble with them in the snow til this one. it just wont stop!
  • onefunkaronefunkar Posts: 113
    any else had this. i noticed yesterday that the drivers outside door handle, which is a large metal chrome piece, is turning green like cheap jewelry. white and green streaks down the door. i washed it off and today its back. ive never heard of anything like this. im hoping the warranty will replace the door handle.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 371
    Do you have a 2011? I haven't noticed this problem at all. And yes if it's within the warranty period which I think is 5 years/50K Miles it should be covered. Not sure what the length of time and mileage the basic bumper to bumper warranty is though. I had the leather Driver seat on a 2003 Sonata start cracking at about 30,000 miles and Hyundai replaced. Also, I just remembered that the chrome inside passenger door handle started peeling which they replaced.
  • onefunkaronefunkar Posts: 113
    its a 2011. 13k miles. ill have to have them take a look at it. never seen anything like it on a car.
  • ennyenny Posts: 1
    I find that the auto headlight detector is too sensitive. It turns the lights on way too soon even in the daytime. As to the driving ability in snow and ice, I found the Sorento fine in the heavy snow and ice conditions in the northeast this year. It's a heavy car and maybe the stopping problems are caused by Newton's Law. Of course better winter tires would make a big difference. I had to use the 4WD pushbutton once to get out of a bad parking space but how many cars even have this option? I used to own an Explorer which had excellent snow and ice qualities but the tires that you drove on all year long were practically snow tires. As for price paid: $29995 for an SX with sunroof and cargo cover and netting if cash, $1000 more with 36 month 0% loan. Don't get extended warrantee. Not worth it. Consumer reports did study and even cars with lousy reliability didn't use the money spent on the warrantee. Car bought in the Bronx at City World Kia.
  • havnt noticed that with auto headlight too much but do notice you have to turn lights on manually in rain or snow. ive had gm cars before and headlights go on with wipers. i would have liked the sx but ex v6 was top of the line when i bought mine. people at kia tell me kumho kl tires are the ones not good on snow. they get alot of complaints here. if i keep it thru next winter ill have to change out tires. ive always gotten factory 100k waranties ans come out pretty well on them but with kia having 5/60 on everything i wont keep it longer tha n that.
  • Stopping has nothing to do with AWD, 4x4 or FWD on snow. It is a function of momentum and traction helped by antilock brakes. I just bought a new Sorento and put my daughters through it's paces first. The AWD gives excellent traction in snow even if you stop on a steep slope and start in snow 8 to 12" deep. It comes up the back way 16% grade with ease even in snow. Stopping was no problem much easier than our ex Yukon 4x4 (less weight). Acceleration is a function of AWD and 4x4. If you have 4x4 and limited slip don't try off camber. AWD it's a breeze.

    In our part of the country we have chain restrictions for the mountain areas except for 4x4 and AWD with approved snow tires under most conditions. Our Honda CRV does great in the snow and expect the Sorento to exceed it. I keep the jeep with gnarly tire and lockers front and rear for the fun stuff and it slides real good on it's toboggans.

    Driving in snow requires skill and the ability to think ahead something a car does not help with.
  • seems in minnesota many say sorento has as bad of traction as anything yet some have no problems. maybe its not tires. i dont know what it is but ive driven here for 43 years and this sorento is dangerous. it wont stop. ive tried different tire pressures but it doesnt matter. when it snows we drive one of the other cars. feel lucky that yours is good on ice and snow.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 371
    edited February 2011
    I never said anything about stopping ability. I mean mainly traction. I do believer the tires Sorento uses does have a little to do with stopping in snow. Ours is definitely not good for traction or stopping. Our 2004 Mountaineer V8 AWD had shorter stopping distances than our Sorento V6 FWD, but did have all terrain tires on it. I would say it has something to do with the tires combined with the weight of the vehicle. I think the fact that the Mountaineer weighed a good bit more helped push the vehicle deeper into the snow which allowed the tires to obtain a better grip. Maybe you were responding to someone else. If so, I apologize.
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