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#1 (permalink) Old 07-07-2010, 09:11 AM
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Has anyone heard of an option coming on the 11 Sorento models to allow a softer ride. It seems I heard someone mention an SX model with a much softer ride. I have never driven a vehicle with such a bone jarring hard ride even with low pressure in the tires in this torn up streets in my town. Maybe new softer struts will be an option if I keep the car. Comments please??
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Yes , we have rough rider.
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Yes , we have rough rider.
IDK...I'm on the other end of the spectrum. I just purchased a XM Sorento new (NOT an SX) and have to tell you...after driving (3) Jeep Grand Cherokees my drive from Indy to Louisville and back today....well, very SOFT ride wherein the backend hits a bump and probably bounced 3 times. All the weight is in the front so they really need stiffer shocks in the back yet.

I am going to ask my dealer about HD shocks and if that isn't available I will look for another aftermarket option to stiffen it up.

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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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Similar Thread =>HERE. Im with IndySorento, I think it rides very smooth!
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Similar Thread =>HERE. Im with IndySorento, I think it rides very smooth!
Sounds like I have the old design, per the specs below:

INDYSORENTO's Build Date: July 28 2010; Build Number 87,537 (YTD)

Also, in regard to the soft rear suspension, take a look at the safety crash test video on the link below. I am comparing it to the JEEP Grand only because that is what I used to drive, so a good comparison for me, but it is important to note the JGC is a rear-drive setup and our Sorento is a FWD-based AWD setup. Engineers will tell me this is an awful comparison and that the safety videos do not necessarily indicate how soft the rear springs are....I think this rudimentary comparison is still fair game.

SORENTO CRASH TEST-BOUNCES IN BACK 3+X HIGH JUMP
http://www.safercar.gov/staticfiles/...tal_Impact.wmv

JEEP CRASH TEST-BOUNCES IN BACK 2X SMALLER RECOIL
http://www.safercar.gov/staticfiles/...ee_Frontal.wmv

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My build date is 10-10, I am not sure which shocks I have, is there a way to look under the car and tell? I do know, I am quite impressed with the ride.
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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...


From Autoblog.com...

"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).

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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...


From Autoblog.com...

"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).
-What are the chances that the dealers will retrofit our Sorento's with the new shocks if purchased before Q4

-Now that I think about it, I added bilstein HD shocks to the back of my Jeep Grand (WK series) to solve the rear end harshness on that model also. So my comparison probably isn't fair because I did not leave that thing stock

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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.
HI, did you pay for the new shocks, and was it all four shocks? If you paid, can you say how much?
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