definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,318 miles

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2009 Kia Borrego drivetrain problems

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2009 Kia Borrego Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 032016


  • 14,000 miles


After starting the car then moving the shifter in to drive. As I get the shifter in the reverse position going to drive.. the car jerks forward like I have my foot on the gas.. it is very startling. Goes in reverse fine.. but when I move onto it drive it starts to move slow and rpms go up but it's moving forward

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 222016


  • 96,270 miles
This past Tuesday, August 23, 2016, the transmission shifting became erratic, in particular, and among other issues, holding on to 3rd gear and refusing to up shift or down shift properly. There were a few times in which when accelerating from a stand-still ┐ a stop light and/or 4-way-stop intersection, for example ┐ the vehicle would not shift up from 1st gear or would start on 3rd gear and would not down shift down to 2nd nor up shift to 4th. Bizarre and dangerous to say the least, as it was a stop-and-go traffic situation. On two other occasions, while driving at over 35 mph or so, the engine would shift very abruptly from 3rd to 4th gear, and then would down shift back to 3rd gear. The second time this happened I pulled to the side of the road to shut down the car. I did not know what to so after five minutes or so I restarted the vehicle and headed home. Upon extensive research, I have found that this is a well-known issue, documented by many Kia Borrego V8 owners, and one that has not been classified as a recall, even though it seems to be a defective component issue and it has led to many unsafe and dangerous driving situations. I have found many complaints on this particular Kia Borrego V8 model throughout Kia owners┐ forums and even on the NHTSA website. I also found online the Kia technical service bulletin 035 [rev1, 3/7/11], which documents the issue to a T. I have since written an extensive letter to Kia, explaining the problem and giving them reference links. Hopefully they take action and the ideal thing would be to classify this issue as a recall and have Kia replace the defective part and pick up the tab. It is maddening that a known issue with what seems to be a *defective* component is overlooked and customers are left hanging with a ridiculously expensive tab. Please see attached tsb.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Feb 052016


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Borrego. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate as all of the warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was shifted into the park position and when the contact attempted to shift the vehicle back to the drive position the vehicle failed to shift. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed the electrical system failed and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 29,000.

- Springville, TN, USA

problem #1

May 212010

Borrego 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
The transmission shifts up to fourth gear as I slowly accelerate to up to 40 mph reducing the RPM to as low as 1,300. This quick shifting up through the gears does not match vehicle speed resulting in the RPM being too low to accelerate with the pace of traffic. This causes vehicles behind me to almost crash into the rear of my car due the slowing rate of my acceleration caused by the transmission shifting up to quickly and engine bogging down. Conversely, while on freeway entrance ramps gaining speed, the transmission will shift up to fifth at a consistent pace until I reach 50 miles per hour then it will shift back down to fourth although I have not depressed the accelerator pedal for a faster pace. This happens consistently as do the quick shifts at lower speeds.

- West Richland, WA, USA

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