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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,225 miles

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2004 Kia Sorento drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 102005

Sorento 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles


The vehicle has a hesitation on acceleration. It vibrates while on the expressway. The check engine light comes on intermittently while traveling at high speeds. Most recently, the transfer case seized up and the front wheels locked up while I was turning and I almost crashed. It is now in the shop getting the transfer case replaced and I'm told there are even more problems with the transmission. Please advise me on what to do so the company can possibly buy this vehicle back from me.

- Southgate, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 202004

Sorento 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 450 miles
I am complaining to let you know of a defect in my 2004 Kia sorrento V.I.N. [xxx] and a potential highway disaster if the wheels locked up on this vehicle while I'm driving on the highway it will probably cause a major pile-up and lead to a lot of deaths if they don't fix this when I put the vehicle in four wheel drive it is like trying to drive with the emergency brake on I brought it in for service they said that is the way it's supposed to be and I'm not supposed to use the four wheel drive anyway unless it's absolutely needed this was the service manager at Kia of lynnfield mass. Phone #781-596-0800 on the 25th of June 2004 I am bringing it in again on July 22nd 2004 but expect the same thing I further went on to question him about using the four wheel drive and he told me I'm not supposed to use it to in rain or snow or for any other reason unless I'm stuck and need it to get out of whatever the problem is so if this vehicle turns up in a disaster you know what happened and where to start your investigation I'm also going to follow up with the mass. Lemon law thank you for listening. Updated 07/25/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Chelsea, MA, USA

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