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I've had this problem too. It's extremely annoying, especially on a brand new car. The first time my TPMS warning light came on was around 2,300 miles. I kept an eye on the tire pressure for a full week and no air loss in any of them. I even tried putting a little more air in to see if that would reset it; no such luck.
Took it to the dealer and they told me that they had to reset the TPMS manually because it lost the connection with "Sensor 1." Now the light has come on again around 3,200 miles, and once again, no air loss. I haven't taken it to the dealer yet but I'm sure it'll be a similar story...
Kind of an ineffective system when it's constantly crying wolf. All car manufacturers need to start putting a reset button somewhere on the dash so that people who change their tires themselves or have this issue with the signal being lost can reset it themselves and not be inconvenienced by going to the dealership for such a simple fix.
This issue was resolved. Turns out one of the sensors was bad. Dealership replaced free of charge, only took about 20 min and they were done. Haven't had any troubles since.
The attorney already accepted the case - at no cost to me win or lose, and - yes it's a valid case. In NJ if they work on it 3 times and don't fix the problem - it's a valid lemon law claim. They keep contending that it's Radio Frequency Interference - it actaully went on RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE DEALER I BOUGHT IT FROM the other day - seems to me that if it's "normal" or "acceptable interference" the dealer would have a pretty hard time selling cars. It's really a shame that Kia wouldn't settle this before it went to lawsuit - all I wanted was a vehicle that works...
Other than the recurring problem, I loved the damn thing.
According to the NJ Lemon Law statutes, a nonconformity must meet the following conditions to qualify;
"Nonconformity" means a defect or condition which substantially impairs the use, value or safety of a motor vehicle."
Drives: 2011 Kia Sportage LX, 2008 Hyundai Veracruz LTD
OK, here's where we are with the TPMS issue. The Sportage has been for "repair" on the issue 9 times over the past year and 3 months that I've owned it - failed to fix it every time - the TPMS light STILL comes on.
Tomorrow, Kia's lawyer and mine (along with me) will sit in a courthouse negotiation room and decide how much money they'll offer me to shut up, go away, and live with the problem for the life of the vehicle or whenever I can dump it - whichever comes first.
The only thing I can say is, I hope the settlement is enough to offset all the loan stuff and gives me a change to trade the POS in before all the "leftovers" are gone at the Nissan or Mitsubishi dealers nearby, otherwise - I'm stuck for a few years...
I don't consider this minor issue as a reason for a "lemon law", but I get that you're at the end of your rope! IMO, I'd just remove the sensors. Who's to say by buying another vehicle, you wouldn't have the same problem?
Okay, it appears that KIA has not gone to bat for you,,, but, please consider the CVT tranny in the Rogue, some people can't live with that. I think a Subaru Forrester is a better choice, the visibility alone from the drivers seat is the best.
Good Luck, Mike
Previously a 2010 Tucson GLS AWD Kiwi Green
2005 Tucson LX V6 AWD Nautical blue, & a
2002 Santa Fe LX V6 4WD Crystal blue.
Drives: 2011 Kia Sportage LX, 2008 Hyundai Veracruz LTD
Well, for anyone that may be following Kia's antics concerning my Sportage, here goes; after a lengthy deposition with a local attorney represnting Kia, during which he at times remarked emphatically "really?" and stated "I think you can stop taking pictures, we get it", Kia FINALLY decided to bring "resolution" to the TPMS issue. After stringing it out to the last SECOND, they decided to settle through arbitration at my county courthouse and (AGAIN) after waiting as long as they could according to law, they sent my lawyer a check totaling $5,500, $2,500 for the attorney and $3,000 for me. It took 18 Months total. Basically, I had to sign a waiver stating I would give up if they bought me off. The problem still occurs and I have to live with it for the remainder of the time I own it... I've lost ALL faith in Kia!
Now, after 37,000 miles the POS Nexen CP-671 tires they chose to put on the LX in Korea are down to the tread warning bars. I'll have to part with $600.00 plus just to replace the garbage tires they put on it with a quality tire. REALLY? I called Nexen USA (after trying the 800 numbers they list in the "warranty" pamphlet in the glove box - one disconnected and the other apparently never worked, trustworthy, eh?) and the official rep told me I should expect about 42K treadwear on the Sportage before failure - seriously? I've looked into this and other versions and most new LX's get Khumo's or, better yet Hankook tires. I just met a guy with an EX that has Hankook's and he has over 40K miles and the guy who just did his rotation told him they had very little wear... Kia, of course disclaimers all responsibilty for this mess, because they're not the tire manufacturer. OK But who decided to sell the car with crap tires stock?
Please don't try to sell me on proper upkeep of tire pressure and rotation. With the car under lawsuit for a tire issue, I kept EXTREMELY close watch on the tire pressure (33 PSI according to the sticker in the doorway - pictures and all for the lawyers...) and rotated with every oil change @ 5K miles. I may be a "newbie" to the forum, but I'm a veteran technical guy with many years under the hood and undercarriage (I grew up the son of a taxicab company owner who fixed all his own cabs and made me hand him wrenches @ 6 years old - I rebuilt my first slant six @ 12).
IF YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT BUYING A SPORTAGE OR OTHER KIA MODEL THAT HAS NEXEN TIRES, TELL THE DEALER YOU WANT TO LOOK AT SOMETHING ELSE OR EXPECT TO REPLACE THE TIRES EARLY!
I may decide to go the lawsuit avenue again anyway, because we're now going on the third visit for an intermittant issue with the cruise switch/module (fails to engage or re-engage, but ONLY after pressing cancel) and they can't get that right either (this started @ the 18K mile mark), besides the undercarriage rattle that they can't find either - seems it only shows up at 38 degrees F or below! The airbag has been replaced, 2 TPMS sensors, the list continues to grow, what happens when it comes out of warranty?
If I had it all to do-over, I would have bitten the gas bullet and stayed with my '07 Sorento, loved it and only 2 minor issues over 100K with one-time resolutions at the dealer while under warranty. The Sportage is the biggest vehicle mistake I've ever made.
The official rep says 42k before failure. And you replaced it at 37k when you reached the warning level but not failure. Those are usually estimates and your driving habits, maintenance, road conditions, etc.. have all different effects on the tread wear. I would just live on and remember not to get that brand of tires when replacing or buying another vehicle, but a lawsuit for a treadwear that didnt result in a failure and being 5k shy to what an official rep says is a bit too much in my opinion. But its your time and troubles, so do what you want.
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