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3.8V6 2007 Sorento

Even while oil prices are spinning out of control, I wish Kia would continue to offer the top-of-the-line Sorento V6, if only to highlight its quality build and performance. The 2007 Sorento, for instance, gets a major power boost:

Edmunds.com reports:
At the New York auto show, Hunt announced that the 2007 Kia Sorento will get an all-aluminum 3.8-liter V6 engine with 262 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. That's a whopping 36-percent increase in power over the SUV's previous 3.5-liter V6. There's also a new electronically controlled five-speed transmission that allows drivers to switch between automatic and manual shifts.

Also, why doesn't Kia offer a leather option for the Sorento 2.5Crdi model? A year or so after the Fortuner craze, people are beginning to realize that, pound-for-pound, the Sorento is far superior to the Fortuner -- check out the 4x4ph forum and you'll see the general sentinent has swung from the swooning-for-the-Fortuner end, to the Sorento-is-still-better-in-terms-of-ride-and-build quality end.

Somehow, Kia's marketing department seems to lack the creativity and marketing panache to be able to bundle the Sorento as a better alternative to the IMV-based (read:cheaply-designed) competition.

My 2003 3500V6 Sorento is as quiet and as powerful today as the day I first got it, a good 48,000 kilometers ago. A lot of those kilometers were through rough, muddied and rocky terrain.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-17-2006, 11:37 PM
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I have the same sentiment here. Kia dealers/distributirs here in the Philippines lacks marketing. They only sell the low end variants and cater only the middle cast market segment. Not unlike the Local Hyundai dealers. They have a lot of choices to choose from. I don't have a sorento yet but I'm relly planning to get one. I have a Picanto though. And I have difficulty on looking for parts that are not available here in the philippines that are available as standard in other countries.
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We have the opposite problem here in South Africa they only self the high end Sorento which is packed with features that I have no use for and a very high price to boot around $44 000 us for the CRDI 4x4. But it has to be said in my humble opinion its a great car I chose to buy it instead of several other more pricey models from Toyota, Nissan and landrover not based on cost but rather that to me it just seems like a better car. I just hope I dont prove myself to have made the wrong choice. But so far after a year of ownership it's still all smiles.
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In the Philippines, Kia has had a dismal history of poor quality vehicles, including the Kia Pride (Ford Festiva in the US), Pregio, Besta and the smoke-belching Carnivals.Small wonder that Kia's new generation vehicles are still suffering from brand snobbery, not purely from the prestige of the marquee, but from the (deservedly) bad reputation.Kia could have made a killing in 2003 when it first introduced the Sorento here. For a while, there was a 4-month waiting list for both the gas and diesel models. Instead, Kia run out of units and lost out to Toyota when it introduced the much-vaunted Fortuner not long after.It has, since stopped selling the gas V6, probably for its myopic fear that customers would be turned off by the guzzler. What we have now are the 2.5 Crdi models, with no option to upgrade to leather.Whatever PR blitz Columbian (the local Kia) could scrounge around was one year too late -- only after Fortuner was every grandaddy's deathbed wish. Today, you hear paeans being sung to the Sorento by these so-called car magazines, if only because, finally, Kia, had been able to loan them Sorentos for review. Had they done this a year, or maybe a couple of years back, this would have been a Kia Sorento country.Bringing in the 2007 3.8L V6 Sorento, fully optioned out with the fulltime 4wd, leather, top-notch tires, a tow hitch, and sunroof would certainly blow these Fortuner-loving Pinoys out of the water. Kia needs to showcase the best quality work they can muster in these shores, to counter the bad experience from Kia of old.Even the antiquated, leaf-spring based Isuzu Alterra has all leather option, for heaven's sakes. Or, shades of Hades, the obsolete Ford Everest!Until 2000, I didn't even consider Korean cars as an option. Until I bought a Hyundai Starex van (gray market, because it was the only place I could get a van with ABS, double sunroof, leather, 4 captain's chairs and a turbodiesel). Four years later, I sold it off a certified Korean convert. The Sorento was the obvious step-up to a Korean SUV (please, not Hyundai's Pajero clone), because it was slick, an original, and an underdog (Avis says, they try harder). 70,000 kilometers later, I am more convinced that Kia has come of age, and surpassed many of these other brands that can only copy from each other (attention: Mazda masquerading as a Ford Escape). But, that's just me...

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hello swim,
do we have any recalls here in the phil. for 2005 3.5 v6 sorento? i read a lot of recalls from other countries and just wondering if we have it back here... thnx
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