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2007 Kia Sorento Titan - 2.5 diesel / VGT / Auto / 94k miles

Something went wrong as I was driving down a country lane. Several dashboard lights came on (inc oil, engine & immobiliser), power steering went, and engine cut out. Restarted once but sounded awful, so called the tow truck.

The Kia garage says they tried to start it but the engine was seized. They began stripping it, saw "iron filings everywhere" and told me I need a new engine. They didn't get far enough to say what caused the failure - they said it was "starved of oil", although they confirmed it had the right level of oil in it.

The Kia garage has quoted me a exorbitant price to rebuild it with new parts.
So I'm looking instead at salvaged or recon/remanufactured engines.

Does anyone have any experience, advice or recommendations; other than "just get a new car"?
I'd rather invest in the existing car than buy another second-hander with all new problems. It's a nice Titan, in good condition generally.

Help appreciated -- cheers!

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I immediately tried a search on: Car-Part dot com

They don't even list a diesel available for a Sorento in 2007. (or even a Sorento Titan)

I'm afraid you probably have an engine that is very rare and quite difficult to source a good used one. Your vehicle may be a loss at this point. Does your insurance policy cover major engine repairs?
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I immediately tried a search on: Car-Part dot com

They don't even list a diesel available for a Sorento in 2007. (or even a Sorento Titan)

I'm afraid you probably have an engine that is very rare and quite difficult to source a good used one. Your vehicle may be a loss at this point. Does your insurance policy cover major engine repairs?
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Sounds like oil carbonisation has probably blocked the oil feeds from/to the turbo and the oil strainer in the sump. (The sump oil strainer has a fine mesh. We have previously seen some surprising junk in there!) That would mess up the bearings/rings and is not unknown. Beware of sharks ......


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Hi - yes - I'm in the UK, sorry for not making that clear - the engine code is "D4CB - VGT"
There are quite a few around -- gee6 has a lovely example there!
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Try looking in the salvage yards around home. If you can find a decent low miler have a local garage swap engines if your permitted. European laws on vehicles are much different than in the USA.....we (usa) can get away with more than you can.
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Sounds like oil carbonisation has probably blocked the oil feeds from/to the turbo and the oil strainer in the sump. (The sump oil strainer has a fine mesh. We have previously seen some surprising junk in there!) That would mess up the bearings/rings and is not unknown. Beware of sharks ......
Hi Gee6.. love your car Slightly covet your engine, if I'm honest!! ;D

Yeah, it's sharks I'm worried about!
The problem you describe, will that lead to needing a whole new engine? How would I avoid that kind of problem in future?

Do you know anyone in Bucks/Beds/Herts who could reliably help me? I've recently moved to Herts and the car is with Bletchley Kia at the moment.

Thanks!
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Try looking in the salvage yards around home. If you can find a decent low miler have a local garage swap engines if your permitted. European laws on vehicles are much different than in the USA.....we (usa) can get away with more than you can.
Ah don't worry, we can swap engines relatively easily. The problem is that our stricter laws don't prevent there being some incredibly dodgy garages in Britain... we have to be so careful not to get screwed over.

Cheers for the info - I'm looking at some scrapyards now!
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I'm not a million miles from you. I do my weekly shop in the well known S.market chain opposite Bletchley Kia!

My favourite Kia dealer used to be Browns in Stevenage. (The Service manager used to be a moderator on this forum, but I don't know if he is still there. It's been a while.) Unfortunately I don't have any clues about reliable mechanics round here when it comes to major work. There is a young(ish) chap with a small shop near me that has been helpful, but I don't know if he would take on this work. I saw him for an a/c problem but he didn't have the gear.

Does not sound like you had a turbo related runaway which can be a disaster. Blocked oil strainer is definitely a major rebuild or replace I'm afraid. Typically you don't get much warning and the bearings have probably been wiped judging from your description. Whatever you do, I would suggest checking sump and strainer of any s/h replacement and fitting new turbo oil lines and possibly turbo service kit to minimise possible future problems.
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Thanks - I really appreciate this. Maybe we can meet at the next Marsworth Classic Kia Show A fictional event, but if we can keep them on the road a bit longer(!), let's be honest, the Titans are beautiful.

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