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Kia Sorento



  • lok888lok888 Posts: 1,749
    I guess we won't see a totally redesigned Sorento until 2008 model year. I just saw a picture of a 2007 Sorento with minor change with the headlights, bumper and grill. They mentioned the interior is all new with a rumor of a 3.8L V6 from Hyundai Azera.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,927
  • in reading my owners manuel for my 05 sorento and Kia online 06 sorento warranty information you might be surprised to see what is not covered under the 5 year or 60k warranty but runs out at 2 years or 24k which ever comes first in the USA. the state of califorina is somewhat different
  • lok888lok888 Posts: 1,749
    Can you mention some of them? According to my owners manuel for my 2003 Sorento, most parts of the car are covered under the 5 year basic warranty except the stereo system for 3 year/36000 miles. 2 years or 24000 miles could be the battery. And 1 year/12000 miles is the light bulbs, windshield wiper, etc.
  • on page 15 of my 05 sorento manuel starts "Federal Emission Control Warranty"

    on the following pages 15 to 24 are listed what componets are warrantied by kia either for 2/24 or 96 months/80

    items like exhaust maniflods, ingition coils, crankshaft and cam positioners sensors, as well as almost all other sensors including vehicle speed sensor arn't covered after 2/24

    also on page 3 is a graph of what is covered by time and milage

    this is my understanding of warranties in my manuel

    if Kia basic warranty exceeds the federal standard warranty for these items i can't find it written anywhere

    i guess if you called your Kia dealer and ask them and you trusted their answer

    i certainly should think if one of my ignition coils failed at 59k it would be warranty, but somehow i think Kia would use the federal warranty to say "no warranty after 2/24"
  • I have got another remote but need to program it by jumping pins 5 and 17 on the DLC connector. I have found the connector but none of the pins are numbered. It has 2 long rows and one short. I would not like to wreck the onboard electrics with trial and error
  • bp25bp25 Posts: 11

    Kia sorento had a re-fresh for 2007, it will get the new 3.3 litre lambda engine and a bit more refinement. In my opinion it looks almost the same, except a bit cleaner. Overall, I think it looks great!!
  • lok888lok888 Posts: 1,749
    I saw the spy photo on the same website a month ago. It was just a front end shot. Still no picture about the tailgate design now. The previous article (same site) mentioned a possible 3.8L V6 engine from 2006 Hyundai Azera, not 3.3L. They also claimed a whole new interior design for 2007 Sorento. Is that an indication a total redesigned Sorento in 2008 year model or a whole new SUV line? I think I should hold on to my '03 Sorento for two more years.
  • Hi,

    We have the luxery package which comes with Torque on Demand. With this option you have, 4WD low and Auto 4WD. I'm wondering if there is an aftermarket way of forcing full time 4WD. It seems like full time 4WD gives a lot better traction during the winter storms we get.

  • lok888lok888 Posts: 1,749
    Nice photos! Are they using the red turn signals like some Japanese cars these days? Will they offer one color tone for an EX model?
  • lok888lok888 Posts: 1,749
    Hi Daniel. I have the same equipments on my '03 Sorento. Love it! The automatic 4WD system on Sorento transfers up to 50% of power from the rear wheels to the front wheels on slippy road condition. It is about 80% on rear and 20% front on dry pavements. The Torque on Demand is a bonus feature to transfer power from the left rear wheel to the right, or right to left. I hardly use the 4Lo feature unless you go off-road or heavy snow. The Auto mode and snow tires are perfect for the winter.
  • lok888lok888 Posts: 1,749
    Hope to confirm what engine that the 2007 Kia Sorento will use. Rumors indicate that a 3.8L V6 (263hp) from Hyundai Azera will be used. But several recent articles showed a 3.3L V6 with 235hp. Are they going to safe the 3.8L V6 on 2008 Sorento, a totally redesigned model?
  • I hope this is not to stupid - Brake light out in the tail lights, bought bulbs, can't figure out how to get into tail light assembly. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  • lok888lok888 Posts: 1,749
    Open up the rear liftgate. Remove three screws on the tail light lens assemble/housing. Remove the assemble from the car. Locate the light bulb socket. Replace it with a new one.
  • I found the two screws that are exposed with the lifting of the tailgate. I will look again for a third. Do I have to get to it from the back somehow? Thanks,
  • lok888lok888 Posts: 1,749
    It could be two or three screws. I don't remember. The lens assemble will not fall off to the ground when screws are removed, so don't worry about dropping it on the ground by accident. You need to unplug the light sockets first, just turn the sockets anti-clockwise (or clockwise, I don't remember). Then hold on to the lens assemble because it will fall.

    You need to get it from the front. I know some cars that you can replace bulbs inside the car trunk. For Sorento, you need to remove the lens assemble first.

    See this tail light lens assemble
  • jtzjtz Posts: 37
    That 3.3L engine I am assuming that it is not for the U.S. only for Europe. That facelift picture I showed is Europe's version of the Sorento. I am thinking USA's version of the facelift Sorento will have a 3.5L and Optional 3.8L or maybe a standard 3.8L like the Azera. My question is when USA does get the new 3.8L Sorento will it's towing capacity also increase or stay the same like the new Sedona? Trust me, Kia will never decrease their Sorento from a 3.5L to a 3.3L in the States.
  • lok888lok888 Posts: 1,749
    I agree. I think Kia will use the 3.8L 263 hp V6 from Azera on the next Sorento. I doubt they will use it on 2007 model with facelift, probably saves for the totally redesigned 2008 model.

    Although the Sorento is still good looking, many features are missing or outdated when compare with many new Hyundai/Kia vehicles these days. I would like to see the stability and traction control, standard ABS, etc. I think 3500 lb. is the towing capacity for many mid-size SUVs these days.
  • Hi all,
    I have been discussing for few days with some of my friends regarding Sorento's capabilities on off-road tracks as well as on snow. I happen to own an EX 2.5 CRDI with part time 4W. I have never had any problems but lately I have seen some local news about Sorentos' being towed by Cherokees in snow. I did not want to believe it and then my friends started saying that Sorento did not have necessary apparatus for being considered a proper off roader. They even tease me saying it is just a car like Sportage, CRV etc. One of them even said it is a big station wagon. Tried to defend Sorento but they told me it does not have a diff lock and a special transmission for offroading. Any opinions on that will be appreciated.
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