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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,631 miles

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2009 Kia Sorento transmission problems

transmission problem

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2009 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #2

May 052010

Sorento 4WD 6-cyl

  • 5,200 miles


2009 Kia Sorento with transmission/driveline issues. Dealership has had numerous attempts to correct and states "normal for this vehicle." Vehicle clunks, pops, jolts, and jerks when in operation regardless of time of day, temp, etc. Started in May 2010 and continues presently which is June 2011.

- Gallatin, TN, USA

problem #1

Feb 092010


  • 62 miles
2011 Kia Sorento; rental vehicle from national rental. Cruising at 65 mph and car began to violently jerk causing partial loss of control. Made popping sounds, and smoke came out rear of vehicle. Car barely moved and had to be towed from scene. During incident, vehicle was very hard to keep under control and in designated traffic lane. National rental sent a tow truck and a replacement vehicle. This Kia had 62 miles on it at time of failure. Tow driver thought it was a transmission failure. This incident nearly caused me to totally loose control of vehicle and crash. I consider myself very lucky to get car stopped before having an accident. All I have is last digits of VIN taken from rental paperwork.

- West Chester, PA, USA

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