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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,218 miles

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2009 Kia Borrego steering problems

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2009 Kia Borrego Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 162012


  • 29,452 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Kia Borrego. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel became difficult to control. The contact also stated that the brake lights on the passenger's side rear failed intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the tire pressure need to be adjusted and the stop lamp switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V114000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic).the vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 29,452.

- Lakeview Terrace, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 162012


  • 29,452 miles
Our Kia Borrego has been nothing but problems since we purchased it. A rough ride and difficult to steer. Doesn't stay aligned and tires wear excessively. When ever we had vehicle serviced dealership would say"vehicle drives as designed, or tire pressure out of spec, once they even had the nerve to tell us the manager drives one and again drives as designed. Funny thing is thou on work order they wrote test drive. Found vehicle drives as designed. But mileage is the same when brought in 'exactly'. we have had to buy 2 and 1/2 full sets of tires. And still vehicle is hard to steer and rough ride to say the least. It is very uncomfortable to ride in, my 4yr old protests every time we have to drive anywhere other then corner market. Door actuators on front driver side and passenger side have broke 2X. Had to wait for parts they said they would call and never did. Instead we called to find out parts had been there. Notified dealership power outlets do not work dealer could not resolve issue. Driver seat belt unexpectedly unlatches while driver intermittently. Clear coat finish is peeling. Inside door handles metallic peeling leaving sharp edges.we get terrible customer service from Kia had car towed there 2X and were not offered rent-A-car either time. This vehicle is defective and I'm sure their are many more with these same issues. However Kia motors does not want to except responsibility on any level. 2 recalls already.I'm hoping other Borrego owners will make complaints in order to get investigation opened. We would like Kia motors to buy back our vehicle, so we can purchase something other then a Kia.

- Lake View Terrace, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 012011

Borrego 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
The steering column does not telescope either in or out. The first time it happened the outside temperature was above 90 degrees. Temperatures less than 90 used to allow normal operation. Now it does not telescope at all.

- West Richland, WA, USA

problem #4

Jun 132012


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Kia Borrego. The contact stated while driving 60, she drove over a pothole and the vehicle became difficult to steer. The failure recurred one other time. A dealer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 40,000.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 012011

Borrego 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Borrego. The contact stated while driving various speeds the steering wheel became difficult to control. The faster he drove, the more difficult it became to turn the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer four to five times but was told the steering wheel functioned normally. On a previous occasion, the dealer replaced the tie rod ends and then the steering wheel began to malfunction. The manufacturer was notified and stated the dealer would replace the steering wheel at the contacts expense. The failure mileage was 28,000 and the current mileage was 48,000. Updated 05/08/12

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 242011

Borrego 6-cyl

  • 64,570 miles
I was driving on a four lane 35mph straight road and the steering became difficult to impossible--the wheel seemed to almost lock up. I slowed down considerably and managed to GT off on the right side of the road. I came to a stop, and tried to start up again because I was close to home. It began to steer again and I took it home. The vehicle was taken into the local Kia dealership and they could not find anything wrong with it. My concern is that the power steering pump had an intermittent failure and may do so again. If this had occurred on a curve it would have caused an accident.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #1

Aug 182006


  • 52 miles
My brand new 2009 Borrego pulls to right and I should keep steering wheel to left side when I want to drive it straight forward. The dealership mechanics attempted to fix it five times but failed. They rotated the tires and checked alignment again with little difference. After all the attempts they insist that pulling to right side is natural because of road shape( crown phenomenon? )

- Houston, TX, USA

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