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I purchased a new 2010 Sportage auto SL in 2010. Over the last two or so years on a number of occasions the auto has misbehaved a little. Misbehaved in the sense of normally you could barely feel both the up or down shifting of the gears, then say maybe 4 or so times, they would slam in changing up, and then on slowing down they would slam in as well. A week or so ago it did it consistently one trip so I booked a warranty appointment with the Kia agents in Bathurst, NSW. I thought at least Ill be able to have this sorted. On the day of the booking I rocked up and the gearbox was fine, to make it worse I couldn't replicate the issue. I explained the manner of what I was experiencing and they said leave it we'll test drive. It goes without saying they couldn't find a fault, does anyone else recognise this issue with the auto? Would be good to get some feedback.

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Probably get more help in the 2010 forum..............

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Hi, i thought that but its the new look model (i got it say 1 month after the release) , so i figured all the auto's would be the same, would that make a difference? (thanks for the response)..
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Hi, i thought that but its the new look model (i got it say 1 month after the release) , so i figured all the auto's would be the same, would that make a difference? (thanks for the response)..
would help if we knew where you were located. The new model (if that's yours in the picture) was only released as a 2011 model for North America. A 2010 would be the old style model from our point of view.

Just noticed you indicated in your first post, Australia.
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It is interesting if it is a 2010 model as I thought the new body style was 2011. You might have a rare prototype or something there. Also note the runningboards and the grillguard, that unless they are aftermarket, it is different than the US models, regardless of year of manufacture.
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hi put those on myself, running boards, nudge bar, purchased the car in NSW Australia in September 2010. They had been released only 3 weeks or so, first batch. Standard front wheel sportage auto, bottom of the range. Great car so far, hence my concern re the auto..
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5 year warranty . . . back to the dealer and keep pestering them until they take you seriously. Keep a log of what happens, when, speeds, conditions, etc., and present that to them so they can try to duplicate it when they test drive.
Don't take "NO" for an answer, and if necessary, go to another Kia dealership and ask the same questions.

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Sept. 2010 is a 2011 model. Whatever, what engine do you have? Does your trans have 'Sport Shift' or whatever they call it where you flip the shifter to the left and you can manually shift the trans? Do you have a transmission dip stick for checking the trans oil? Our versions do not - there is no trans fluid checking without getting under the car and unscrewing the fill plug. Its filled with special fluid and normally would not be checked before 100,000 miles. If yours can be checked, find out how to (engine off or running) and see that the level is correct and the fluid is not discolored or burnt-smelling.
Was the battery disconnected or replaced at any time since you've had the car? Try driving it harder for a few days - give it more throttle when moving off and hold the pedal in the same position to the extent you can while driving safely and legally.
I doubt if there is anything mechanically wrong with it, but it could need re-flashing (reprogrammed). Here's another thing I might do - disconnect the battery for a few minutes and reconnect it. The car will drive a little differently until it learns how you drive. Drive it hard during that period and see if the trans does anything funny.
Many computer-controlled tranmissions today will sometimes get a little 'confused' during light-throttle driving and you may get unexpected 'flares' between gears and a harder engagement. These things are normal if they only happen every so often. That's why I suggested driving harder to see what happens, to prove that the trans is mechanically sound.

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it does have the sports shift, and to be honest Ive never checked the transmission oil. I will this weekend. the day before i remember using the stick option to change as i was in a very hilly area, i don't normally do this. Perhaps this interrupted the balance or what ever, I'm at a bit of a loss really with correct terminology here.
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