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KIA SORENTO - 2008 KIA SORENTO Problems & Complaints

 
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by Kia Motors Corporation

There are 97 complaints filed for the 2008 KIA SORENTO

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2008 KIA SORENTO. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2008 KIA SORENTO, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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Air Bags (24) Engine And Engine Cooling (7) Power Train (11) Steering (1) Vehicle Speed Control (19)
Electrical System (6) Exterior Lighting (4) Seat Belts (1) Suspension (2) Visibility (1)
Electronic Stability Control (32) Fuel System Gasoline (2) Service Brakes (7) Tires (5) Wheels (1)
Engine (10) Interior Lighting (1) Service Brakes Hydraulic (1) Unknown Or Other (1)

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ENGINE

2/27/2014 - GRAHAM, NC
I WAS DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD AND THE CAR SHUT DOWN AND THE ALL THE PANEL LIGHTS CAME ON.HAD TO STOP ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD TO START THE CAR.OIL LIGHT CAME ON AND TOOK TO MY MECHANIC. REPLACE ON OIL PUMP AND CAR WILL NOT START.HE STATED MOTOR WAS GONE .PLEASE HELP ME.HAVE 30 MORE PAYMENTS ON THIS 2008 KIA SORENTO.GOD BLESS ND HAVE A GOOD DAY

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SERVICE BRAKES

1/23/2014 - WOODBRIDGE, VA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 KIA SORENTO. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THERE WAS AN ABNORMAL INCREASE IN BRAKING DISTANCE. THE CONTACT CHANGED THE BRAKES AND ROTORS BUT THE PROBLEM PERSISTED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED. THE VEHICLE WAS STILL REPAIRED. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 30,000.

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POWER TRAIN

10/26/2013 - MESA, AZ
THE GEAR SHIFT HANDLE CAME OFF WHILE THE VEHICLE WAS MOVING IN REVERSE, RENDERING IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT THE VEHICLE IN PARK.

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VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

10/25/2013 - SOUTH HADLEY, MA
GAS PEDAL (OR COMPUTER PROGRAM) VERY TOUCHY. WHEN SOMEONE WHO IS NOT AWARE OF ISSUE DRIVES CAR, AS THEY START TO PRESS GAS PEDAL IT WILL LURCH FORWARD. WAS DRIVING WITH DAUGHTER WHO WENT TO STEP ON GAS AND VEHICLE JUMPED FORWARD AND WE ALMOST HIT ANOTHER VEHICLE. THIS HAS HAPPENED MULTIPLE TIMES WITH OTHER DRIVERS, INCLUDING MYSELF WHO IS WELL AWARE OF ISSUE AND MAKES SURE NOT TO PRESS PEDAL QUICKLY, BUT IT STILL LURCHES ON OCCASION.

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SUSPENSION

10/25/2013 - SOUTH HADLEY, MA
HIGHWAY DRIVING. SUSPENSION IS SO TIGHT VEHICLE "BOUNCES" WHEN BUMP, POT HOLE, ETC ENCOUNTERED. HIT BUMP, BOUNCE ALMOST THREW US INTO ADJACENT LANE STRIKING TRAILER TRUCK. THIS HAS HAPPENED MULTIPLE TIMES, BEING BOUNCED ALMOST INTO ANOTHER LANE. VERY UNSAFE AND COULD ALSO LEAD TO LOSS OF CONTROL IF UNSUSPECTING DRIVER BEHIND WHEEL.

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POWER TRAIN

10/21/2013 - METAIRIE, LA
VEHICLE MADE A PROGRESSIVE NOISE COMING FROM THE REAR OF THE VAN. IF SOUNDED LIKE OVERSIZED MUD TIRES WERE ON THE VEHICLE. BROUGHT IT INTO THE DEALERSHIP AND THEY SAID IT WAS THE REAR DIFFERENTIAL ASSEMBLY. THE DEALERSHIP SAID THERE WERE A LOT OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE REAR DIFFERENTIAL ASSEMBLY. THIS VEHICLE WAS BOUGHT NEW BY MYSELF AND ONLY HAS 22,508 MILES ON IT.. AT THE SAME TIME THE AIR COMPRESSOR WENT OUT. THIS WAS ALSO REPLACED. THESE PARTS SHOULD NOT HAVE FAILED THIS EARLY ON A NEW VEHICLE.

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ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

9/26/2013 - RIO RANCHO, NM
TWO DAYS AGO THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ILLUMINATED (AND STAYED ON) WITH INTERMITTENT ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL OFF LIGHT ILLUMINATED; VEHICLE ACCELERATION BECAME SLUGGISH AND SOMETIMES UNRESPONSIVE. VEHICLE CODES USING OBDII POCKETSCAN SHOWED ACTIVE AND STORED CODES OF P2138 (ACCELERATOR), P2127 (ACCELERATOR) AND P2106 (LIMP MODE). I MADE AN APPOINTMENT TO TAKE IT TO THE DEALERSHIP ON 09/25/13. ON THE DAY OF APPOINTMENT THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT WAS NOT ILLUMINATED, BUT THE DEALERSHIP FOUND STORED CODES IN THE COMPUTER OF P2138, P2127 AND P2106. THE DEALERSHIP REFUSED TO FIX THE VEHICLE EVEN THOUGH IT WAS STILL UNDER WARRANTY BECAUSE THERE WAS NOT AN ACTIVE CODE (CHECK ENGINE LIGHT) ON AT THE TIME OF THE APPOINTMENT AND THE PART WAS FUNCTIONING PROPERLY FOR THE TIME BEING. WHEN ASKED IF IT WAS THEIR POLICY OR KIA MOTORS POLICY NOT TO REPLACE COMPONENTS THAT WERE FAILING, THEY STATED IT WAS KIA MOTORS POLICY. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THE ACCELERATOR ASSEMBLY HAS FAILED IN THIS VEHICLE. THE LAST FAILURE WAS 08/23/12 AT 27,545 MILES. A VAST MAJORITY OF THE COMPLAINTS WITH NHTSA FOR THIS MAKE, MODEL AND YEAR VEHICLE INVOLVE THESE CODES AND THIS COMPONENT. A SERIOUS ACCIDENT, OR LOSS OF LIFE SHOULD NEVER BE THE DETERMINING FACTOR WHEN MAKING A DECISION THAT A MANUFACTURER SHOULD TAKE ACTION TO CORRECT A FAULTY COMPONENT; BY THEN IT IS MUCH TOO LATE.

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ENGINE

9/26/2013 - RIO RANCHO, NM
TWO DAYS AGO THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ILLUMINATED (AND STAYED ON) WITH INTERMITTENT ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL OFF LIGHT ILLUMINATED; VEHICLE ACCELERATION BECAME SLUGGISH AND SOMETIMES UNRESPONSIVE. VEHICLE CODES USING OBDII POCKETSCAN SHOWED ACTIVE AND STORED CODES OF P2138 (ACCELERATOR), P2127 (ACCELERATOR) AND P2106 (LIMP MODE). I MADE AN APPOINTMENT TO TAKE IT TO THE DEALERSHIP ON 09/25/13. ON THE DAY OF APPOINTMENT THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT WAS NOT ILLUMINATED, BUT THE DEALERSHIP FOUND STORED CODES IN THE COMPUTER OF P2138, P2127 AND P2106. THE DEALERSHIP REFUSED TO FIX THE VEHICLE EVEN THOUGH IT WAS STILL UNDER WARRANTY BECAUSE THERE WAS NOT AN ACTIVE CODE (CHECK ENGINE LIGHT) ON AT THE TIME OF THE APPOINTMENT AND THE PART WAS FUNCTIONING PROPERLY FOR THE TIME BEING. WHEN ASKED IF IT WAS THEIR POLICY OR KIA MOTORS POLICY NOT TO REPLACE COMPONENTS THAT WERE FAILING, THEY STATED IT WAS KIA MOTORS POLICY. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THE ACCELERATOR ASSEMBLY HAS FAILED IN THIS VEHICLE. THE LAST FAILURE WAS 08/23/12 AT 27,545 MILES. A VAST MAJORITY OF THE COMPLAINTS WITH NHTSA FOR THIS MAKE, MODEL AND YEAR VEHICLE INVOLVE THESE CODES AND THIS COMPONENT. A SERIOUS ACCIDENT, OR LOSS OF LIFE SHOULD NEVER BE THE DETERMINING FACTOR WHEN MAKING A DECISION THAT A MANUFACTURER SHOULD TAKE ACTION TO CORRECT A FAULTY COMPONENT; BY THEN IT IS MUCH TOO LATE.

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ENGINE

9/25/2013 - OAKDALE, MN
ESC LIGHT COMES ON THEN THE ENGINE LOSES POWER, IT ALSO DID THIS 2 YEARS AGO ON 10/31/2011.

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ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

9/25/2013 - OAKDALE, MN
ESC LIGHT COMES ON THEN THE ENGINE LOSES POWER, IT ALSO DID THIS 2 YEARS AGO ON 10/31/2011.

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