2011 Kia Sorento transmission NHTSA complaints: Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Lever And Linkage:Column Shift

NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Lever And Linkage: Column Shift Problems

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CarComplaints.com Notes: Kia really changed the design of the Sorento in the 2011 model year. Instead of a truck-like body-on-frame more capable of offroad adventures, the newest Sorento is a unibody construction and is much more crossover than sport utility. The changes brought a whole slew of problems, including a frustrating problem where the door that won’t open. Is it too late to go back?


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,000 miles

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2011 Kia Sorento transmission problems

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2011 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 102011

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 13,000 miles


This 2011 Kia Sorento LX is a V6, key start with 13,000 miles purchased new in December 2010. The problem started as a clicking noise occurring between reverse and drive. Then the clicking became more noticeable when I pushed on the brake. It did not happen every time but enough to be annoying and causing concern of what the noise meant. I took it into the dealership where they asked me to show them the problem. The noise was especially loud between neutral and drive. They replaced a defective shifter. This fixed the clicking.

- Newbern, TN, USA

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