Reliability of Kia Sorento
Even though my 2014 Kia Sorento was meticulously maintained at the dealer, both the engine and transmission has already blown and have been replaced by the dealer even though my vehicle was just shy of 2 years old. Currently, I am having significant reservations about my Kia Sorento and I currently contemplating possibly trading it now while the going is good.
My Kia Sorento is the 4 cyclinder version with a 2.4 engine. Subsequently, I have researched on the internet and it appears that Kia and Hyundai vehicles with the same engine has had significant engine issues aka engine “dying” while being driven. In fact, Hyundai has had a recall on this engine that is also in some models/years of the Sonata. Similar engines were not recalled in the Sorento. I have read tones of blogs posts and message board forums of the Kia engine “dying” while driving which was similar to my case. I was lucky enough to have the engine replaced for free by the dealer since my Sorento was always serviced there. Other owners who changed the oil themselves or at other places and did not have receipts were denied warranty coverage and had to pay up to $6,000 for a “remanufactured” engine from the dealer.
I have also read posts whereby some people have had to replace their engine 2 and even 3 times for a similar “blown” engines in their Kia vehicles. In all my 30 years of driving before I got a Kia, I have always had Toyota vehicles(4 Toyotas in fact and I have never had an engine “die” on me before). “Engine Tear Down” reports I have read from persons who had their engines taken apart(other than the dealer) suggests sludge issues and issues related to not enough engine oil getting to certain parts of the engine which is said to be a design “defect” in the 4 cylinder 2.4 engines even though the owners like me changed their engine oil on a regular basis.
From the tonnes of reports I have read, "changing" the engine does not "fix" the underlying possibly design defect and thus, this can happen again.
With all that being said, I am very concerned about keeping my current vehicle or possibly trade it in now. I have read tones of reports of people where warranty coverage was being denied or vehicle was out of warranty when the engine died and being quoted a $6,000 price to replace engine all while still having to make a car payment.
I got several quotes for the trade in value of my vehicle and the highest quote I got was $11,500 for a vehicle that I paid almost $28,000 two years ago. Of course, that is not satisfying of course. If I trade in now, I will be a few thousand dollars in the red to the bank.
I am at a crossroads right now. Not sure what to do. Any suggestions?