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KIA SORENTO - 2011 KIA SORENTO Problems & Complaints

 
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by Kia Motors America

There are 325 complaints filed for the 2011 KIA SORENTO

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2011 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 2011 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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Electrical System (52) Exterior Lighting (5) Power Train (137) Structure (10) Vehicle Speed Control (27)
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Engine (26) Fuel System Gasoline (1) Seats (3) Tires (4) Visibility Wiper (1)
Engine And Engine Cooling (27) Interior Lighting (2) Service Brakes (22) Traction Control System (1) Wheels (4)
Equipment (1) Latches Locks Linkages (2) Service Brakes Hydraulic (17)

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING

8/29/2014 - ST. THOMAS, VI
THE VEHICLE WOULD NOT START FINALLY IT STARTED IN THE DRIVE POSITION , HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING TO THE DEALER THAT THE VEHICLE SHIFTS ON ITS OWN FROM DRIVE TO ANOTHER POSITION. IN ADDITION ALL THE LIGHTS REMAIN ON IN THE DASH BOARD. VEHICLE WAS TAKEN OUT THE REPAIR SHOP ON 8/25/14 AND THIS PROBLEM WAS RECITIFIED. THE AIRBAG LIGHT IS ON NOW SINCE 8/25/14.

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ENGINE

8/29/2014 - ST. THOMAS, VI
THE VEHICLE WOULD NOT START FINALLY IT STARTED IN THE DRIVE POSITION , HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING TO THE DEALER THAT THE VEHICLE SHIFTS ON ITS OWN FROM DRIVE TO ANOTHER POSITION. IN ADDITION ALL THE LIGHTS REMAIN ON IN THE DASH BOARD. VEHICLE WAS TAKEN OUT THE REPAIR SHOP ON 8/25/14 AND THIS PROBLEM WAS RECITIFIED. THE AIRBAG LIGHT IS ON NOW SINCE 8/25/14.

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EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE

8/27/2014 - GEORGETOWN , KY
DRIVERS SIDE DOOR COULD NOT BE OPENED FROM THE OUTSIDE. IT WOULD ONLY OPEN FROM INSIDE THE CAR. WHEN THIS ISSUE IS GOOGLED I REALIZE THIS IS A COMMON KIA PROBLEM

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

8/27/2014 - GEORGETOWN , KY
DRIVERS SIDE DOOR COULD NOT BE OPENED FROM THE OUTSIDE. IT WOULD ONLY OPEN FROM INSIDE THE CAR. WHEN THIS ISSUE IS GOOGLED I REALIZE THIS IS A COMMON KIA PROBLEM

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WHEELS

8/26/2014 - LEXINGTON, IN
TL- THE CONTACT 2011 KIA SORENTO. THE CONTACT STATED SHE HAD TAKEN THE VEHICLE TO A TIRE DEALER TO REPLACE FOUR TIRES ON THE VEHICLE. THE MECHANIC INFORMED THE CONTACT THAT THE CORE BETWEEN THE VALVE STEMS AND THE TIRE PRESSURE SENSORS WERE CORRODED AND COULD CAUSE FUTURE FAILURES. THE REAR DRIVER SIDE SENSOR WAS ATTACHED TO THE VALVE STEM AND THE ENTIRE PIECE HAD BROKEN OFF OF THE VEHICLE WHEN AIR WAS INSERTED INTO THE TIRE DUE TO CORROSION. THE FAILURE CAUSED THE "LOW TIRE PRESSURE" SENSOR TO NOT ILLUMINATE WHEN THE TIRES WERE LOW. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER FOR A DIAGNOSIS AND THE DEALER MECHANIC WAS NOT ABLE TO LOCATE A PROBLEM. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE AND THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 49,000.GB

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

8/25/2014 - TOWNSEND, GA
DASH INDICATORS FOR TRACTION SLIP, DOWNHILL ASSIST AND ABS CAME ON AND HAVE STAYED ON. BRAKING IS FINE AND PUSHING THE ASSIST AND SLIP BUTTONS HAVE NO CHANGE ON BRAKING. TWO WEEKS LATER THE HIGH BEAM AND TURN SIGNAL DASH LIGHTS WILL NOT ILLUMINATE, BUT THE AFOREMENTIONED LIGHTS ARE STILL ON. THE BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH WAS RECALLED AND REPAIRED BY THE DEALER UNDER WARRANTY. I HAVE CHANGED THE BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH AND AFOREMENTIONED LIGHTS ARE STILL ON AND OTHERS STILL NOT WORKING

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ENGINE

8/23/2014 - SENECA, SC
AFTER A SMALL NUMBER OF DAYS OF A MINOR RATTLING FROM THE ENGINE, AS I PULLED AWAY AT AN INTERSECTION THERE WAS A BANG FROM THE ENGINE, THE ENGINE LOST ALL POWER AND THERE WAS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF BANGING FROM THE ENGINE. MANAGED TO CRAWL TO A NEARBY GAS STATION. THE CAR STALLED ON THE FORECOURT. MANAGED TO RESTART IT, ONLY TO HEAR THE TERRIBLE BANGING AGAIN AND SEE THAT THE ENGINE STILL HAD NO POWER. HAD IT TOWED TO THE LOCAL KIA DEALER THE FOLLOWING MORNING. AT THE TIME OF WRITING THIS, KIA ARE REFUSING TO FIX THE CAR UNDER WARRANTY, DESPITE IT STILL BEING COVERED AND THERE ONLY BEING 44,000 MILES ON IT. THEY ARE CLAIMING THE REASON FOR THE INCIDENT IS A 'CLOGGED OIL FILTER', ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE YET TO PROPERLY EXAMINE THE ENGINE AND OFFICIALLY DIAGNOSE THE FAULT. THE SYMPTOMS OF MY INCIDENT ARE SUSPICIOUSLY SIMILAR TO OTHER ISSUES DATING BACK TO 2005 WHERE THE BOLT PIN ON THE CRANKSHAFT PULLEY SHEARS.

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STRUCTURE: BODY

8/21/2014 - DECATUR, GA
AROUND THE FIRST OF THIS MONTH I ATTEMPTED TO OPEN MY DRIVER'S SIDE DOOR FROM THE OUTSIDE AND WAS UNABLE TO. I THOUGHT IT WAS THE LOCK ITSELF, BUT AFTER INVESTIGATING A LITTLE FURTHER I REALIZED IT IS THE DOOR HANDLE ITSELF. I ALSO EXPERIENCE PROBLEMS WITH MY FUEL DOOR. SOMETIMES IT OPENS WITH THE PUSH BUTTON AND SOMETIMES IT DOES NOT. KIA HAS LOOKED AT THIS AND WAS NOT ABLE TO REPRODUCE THE PROBLEM.

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POWER TRAIN

8/19/2014 - TUCSON, AZ
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2011 KIA SORENTO. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE FAILED TO START INTERMITTENTLY. THE DEALER REPLACED THE TRANSMISSION, BUT THE FAILURE PERSISTED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 34,000.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

8/19/2014 - TUCSON, AZ
THE CAR HAD PROBLEMS STARTING AND THE STARTER, ALTERNATOR AND BATTERY WAS FINE. THE DEALER CLAIMS IT WAS A SWITCH AND IT WAS REPLACED. THE PROBLEM KEPT HAPPENING ON OCCASION (2-3 TIMES) IN THE LAST YEAR AND LAST TIME THEY REPLACED THE BATTERY. I BELIEVE THERE IS A BIGGER PROBLEM AND DEFECT.

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