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‘17 Sorento LX V6 AWD - 22k miles

Have noticed on the upper part of the driver side headlight that some finish wear is occurring. Thought it might be water leaking into the headlight... but now appears it’s some sort of outer tint coating. Can feel the difference rubbing my fingers over the area. Other headlight is fine.

Would this be worth approaching the dealer as a warranty item?

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We just bought a 2017 Kia Sorento AWD V6 with 45K miles on it (former rental car) and it is also showing what looks like peeling on top of both headlight assemblies. Is it just cosmetic, or is it a protective film/coating that will cause the assembly to get scratched and yellowed once the film is gone?

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It sounds like someone added a protective film post-factory, and apparently, not a very good one.
Does the hood also have a protective film on the front of it?
 

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No other protective body film as far as I know. The dealer did aftermarket tint the windows sometime before sale... so maybe they got creative with it. I don’t know.
 

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I'd take it back to the dealer in either case. I don't believe the factory puts any coating over the polycarbonate, but no matter whether the factory or the dealer, it's an issue they should address for you.
 

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I am not positive, but I do believe head lights have a clear coating on them, similar the paint. Mine too is showing the same effect.
 

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For reference, I just dropped my car off at Kia for an unrelated issue, but like I mentioned above, mine is also peeling just like the OP. I was told that they will replace the light under warranty. No fight or anything. They just looked and said yep, we will replace it.

So yeah, go give it a go you guys.
 

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Interesting, I have the following issue with the headlights on my 2016. I wonder if they will cover it under warranty?
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See my post right above yours. But yeah, its pretty crappy. On prior cars, it took maybe 5-6 years for the lights to start going bad. My sorento is only 2 years old and the clear was peeling in chuncks. I feel like the best solution is to take the light out, sand off the garbage clear and have a body shop spray with some automotive clear. Would probably last longer.
 

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Bummer. Quite the hack job. Not sure how much the dealer is going to work with you on the paint warranty if what we're seeing is largely due to a previous effort.
Have to agree with timaishu on this one.
 

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Bummer. Quite the hack job. Not sure how much the dealer is going to work with you on the paint warranty if what we're seeing is largely due to a previous effort.
Have to agree with timaishu on this one.
If they don't cover it I'll probably just have my local detailer see if they can clean them up. Ce la vie, the joys of owning a car :D
 

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‘17 Sorento LX V6 AWD - 22k miles

Have noticed on the upper part of the driver side headlight that some finish wear is occurring. Thought it might be water leaking into the headlight... but now appears it’s some sort of outer tint coating. Can feel the difference rubbing my fingers over the area. Other headlight is fine.

Would this be worth approaching the dealer as a warranty item?

Thanks!

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Since yours is also recent rental: does the bumper to bumper 60k warranty transfer to new owner? I know the drive train 60k does.
 

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Since yours is also recent rental: does the bumper to bumper 60k warranty transfer to new owner? I know the drive train 60k does.
The 5 year / 60k comprehensive (bumper to bumper) always transfers to new owners. The 10 year / 100k powertrain does not unless the vehicle is sold by a Kia dealer as CPO.

The radio warranty is only 3 years / 36k for unknown reasons.

For anyone buying a Kia CPO... make absolutely sure you sign and receive a copy of the CPO powertrain contract backed by Fidelity. Some folks buy CPO and don’t receive this... and simply end up being out of luck. Even my dealer tried pulling that trick on me... but luckily I caught it in the finance office.
 

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The 5 year / 60k comprehensive (bumper to bumper) always transfers to new owners. The 10 year / 100k powertrain does not unless the vehicle is sold by a Kia dealer as CPO.

The radio warranty is only 3 years / 36k for unknown reasons.

For anyone buying a Kia CPO... make absolutely sure you sign and receive a copy of the CPO powertrain contract backed by Fidelity. Some folks buy CPO and don’t receive this... and simply end up being out of luck. Even my dealer tried pulling that trick on me... but luckily I caught it in the finance office.
Thanks. That's good news 🙂
 
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