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Kia Sorento



  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,788
    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.
  • 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 BostonPosts: 1,788
    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 BostonPosts: 1,788
    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 BostonPosts: 1,788
    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 BostonPosts: 1,788
    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 BostonPosts: 1,788
    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 BostonPosts: 1,788
    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 BostonPosts: 1,788
    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 BostonPosts: 1,788
    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.
  • jtzjtz Posts: 37
    How does anyone really know that the Sorento will be redesigned in 2008? More articles of Kia's future models are mentioning an SUV that will be bigger than the Sorento just not 100% sure on the Year. I guess I am the only one who found this article because no one else on here mentioned this; as a result, here is the fact mentioned all the way at the bottom that mentions the SUV bigger than the Sorento. - - 9.html&sec=
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,788
    I am not sure if 2008 is the year for a totally redesigned Sorento. I am just thinking 2007 model will be the fifth production year. I thought Kia was going to drop the Sportage line after nearly 10 old years small SUV and disapperance after 2002 model year. But it returned in 2004. And you (the article) must be talking about the concept SUV, Kia Mesa. Actually, you can find the information on under future cars. It mentioned that Mesa is slightly larger than Sorento.
  • jtzjtz Posts: 37
    Hey dealer13, The Sorento is a true off roader. Tell your friends to go to Edmunds .com and compare both the Cherokee and Sorento just them two. The Sorento does have a differential standard in the rear and optional in the center. The Jeep has Optional in the front and Optional in the center. Also before the Jeep was upgraded the Jeep didn't have a full time 4WD. Tell them to wait for the upgraded Sorento to appear with a 3.8 liter V6 engine a liter over the Cherokee with a 3.7 liter V6. The upgrade Sorento will have way more horsepower than the Cherokees 210 (even the New Sedona has more horsepower than that).

    If they still don't believe you, don't worry because that just shows Kia not only has "The Power To Surprise" but the Power to make Jeep Lovers ENVY. Moreover, if they still are talking s*** than show them the soon to be SUV to compete with that Hummer wanna be Commander it let them envy this big baby. http://www.babez.ed/kia/mesa.php I sure this Kia has a part time 4WD with a power liftgate. The Kia Sephia times are dead. About the Sportage, tell them it just won the JD Power and associates award for least problems than any SUV in it's class, did the Liberty win?
  • jtzjtz Posts: 37
    Also tell your Jeep lovers that Kia is already ready to compete with the Jeep Compass that is coming out. - _the_Future_with_Multi-s.s289.A10002.html

    Is Jeep Ready though?
  • FYI: The trick is to remove the two screws that are exposed when the tailgate is open, then push the tail light assembly towards the center of the car. There are two more screws that come into the tail light assembly from inside the fenders and you slide the assembly to get it out from behind these.

  • goldsuvgoldsuv Posts: 51
    The facelifted Sorento(2006.5?) is on the Kia website now.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,788
    Very nice! I like the film. A 3.3L V6 engine with 238hp, optional 17" wheels, 4 wheel ABS with EBD, dual climate control and with new interior design. I hope Kia will bring that one to the states soon. I hope Kia (or EPA) will give out the gas consumption date. I went to the Korean Kia site and couldn't find anything on Sorento. Will that 2006.5 or 2007 Sorento for us?
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,788
    Who said that?

  • jtzjtz Posts: 37
    I noticed the length has increased. The interior looks good. It also looks sleeker on the outside. So it is considered a 2006.5 huh not 2007? Ok. I'm wondering if it will appear at the NEW YORK Auto Show. I hope so.
  • jtzjtz Posts: 37
    I hope someone can answer this. I know the Sorento has gotten a new engine upgrade; furthermore,I know that Hyundai redesigned their Sante Fe. Is the new Sante Fe going to be a truck based SUV like the Sorento or still a care base? I want to know.
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