Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Brockport, NY
Drives: 2011 Kia Sorento I4 Auto Bright Silver with the noisy front end
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Very good chance you have the new shocks... "4th quarter" means October 1st to December 31st... Not sure how to check though...
"As we would discover after spending a week traversing the Midwest's broken roads with a lesser Sorento EX model, that last bit about ride harshness is particularly important, because while the Sorento had a pleasant highway demeanor and tracked well, it was surprisingly stiff and brittle on potholed roads, acquitting itself more like a body-on-frame vehicle than the unibody CUV that it is. Fortunately, Kia noticed this ride quality issue and decided to take the costlier DFD dampers and employ them not just on the new SX model, but across the model's entire range beginning in the fourth quarter. While Kia officials we spoke with at an Atlanta press event this week stopped short of admitting that the Sorento's ride quality has been an issue, they did note that once engineers sampled the DFD setup on the SX, they liked the ride so much they decided to institute the new units on all Sorentos.
During the event, we had a chance to sample a pair of Sorento SX models, and over some of the city's choppy, unkept stretches of pavement, we noticed a markedly less flinty ride, despite the SX model's large and flashy 18-inch alloy wheels. While we'll wait to drive a DFD-equipped Sorento back on the Midwest's mean streets before we give it a clean bill of health, our backsides were encouraged by what they felt, and we're likewise pleased to see Kia taking quick action to address a sore spot on a new model."
IndySorento - I assume you had the previous gen Grand Cherokee? The 2011 Grand from what I understand is quite a change (indepedant rear versus solid rear)... I had the previous gen Grand a couple of years ago and while I find the Sorento is smoother and handles better - before my shocks were changed out - I felt the Sorento was harsher (when going over sharp bumps, its louder and the "bang" made its way into the cabin more) than my Grand Cherokee (Laredo, V6). My Grand also would "hop" when going over large expansion joints in a curving section on the highway (a result of the solid rear axle I believe). Just my impression (I didn't trade directly from the Grand, so the memory is a few years old).
As of Oct 1st, new shocks are going in (dual flow dampers) that are suppose to decrease harshness without compromising performance...
I just had my shocks replaced due to the clunking noise. Not 100% sure what they put in (no part number), but I do think it is less harsh and ever so slightly softer. These things are very subjective - but I definitely notice a difference.
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