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Drives: '11 XM Sorento 6 speed manual,2003 Sorento EX
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I see on the Kia website for the last month that there is no more manual transmission Sorento's offered in the U.S.A. The Canada site still shows the manual though.Why did Kia drop the shifter model in this country? Not enough sales?Not enough profit at 19,995 base sticker? Maybe problems with the transmissions? What gives here? My base model cheapo manual trans Sorento works well and gets great gas mileage. How about any other base model owners out there. How do you like your Sorento's?
Indeed, not a surprise that there'll be very few of us... I have an ebony black 6mt Sorento that was the only one within reasonable driving distance from me (fortunately, it was at the closest dealer to me and was my first color choice... was willing to take a silver one for a better deal but that didn't work out). Each of the dealers I contacted either had just 1 manual or none at all.
As for the warranty issue, its a little too easy to burn out clutches. I used to own a Mitsubishi lancer and knew the service manager well. They had a bear of a time dealing with Evo owners with manual transmissions that would take it to the track, burn it out and come yelling at them for not covering it under warranty! Of course, just lending your manual car to someone who doesn't know how to drive one can also have the same effect... Still, Mitsu is notorious for trying to avoid warranty liabilities...
I certainly wish the list of coverage exclusions wasn't expanded - but getting a manual was a pure driving preference. In fact, it was one of the top reasons I got a Sorento. Hardly any other SUVs are offered in a stick (at least in the US)... The only other one I considered was a rare, rare 6sp manual Xterra about 150 miles from me. The Xterra's poor gas mileage and $10k higher price made the Sorento choice easier (I know they are two very different SUVs). Was not really interested in the others (i.e. Rav 4).
If they have indeed cancelled out the manual in the US, the saving grace is that for the rest of the world (Asia and Europe in particular) they still like driving sticks. So hopefully, the parts bins will still be well stocked!
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