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I took my 2011 Sportage (less than 16,000km on it!) to my mechanic to have him look at a clutch problem I was having (couldn't shift gears). Given that the clutch isn't warrantable (regardless of this being a brand new car, and me being a manual driver of over 20 years with zero clutch problems on my last car) I had my trusted mechanic do the job and not the dealership.

when he got the front end apart, he discovered that the flywheel was also damaged. the flywheel IS covered by the warranty, however, because he had already started doing the work, he called my dealership to see what they suggested I do.

the service manager said that since my mechanic had already done that much work, that he should continue it and give me the damaged clutch and flywheel to bring to him. the service manager will fill out paperwork and assess the parts, and will file a warranty claim based on my mechanic's notes and his assessment.

i am obviously not happy that my not even 2 year old vehicle is going to cost me over $3,000 in repairs. how can a car that has less than 16,000 km on it have a clutch and a flywheel be damaged from regular driving?

i would have a very hard time believing that my driving caused this (I own 2 classic cars and baby the clutch in all of my vehicles!)

has anyone heard of this being an issue in the 2011 Sportage? Any thoughts or suggestions would be very much appreciated. I'll pursue the warranty claim and cross my fingers...but even if it's declined I am completely perplexed by how this major problem has happened to a brand new car.
 

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I've read about this issue with other users, especially in the UK, maybe because there's more manual drivers there. Where are you? In Canada? $3000 sounds like too much. I had a mechanic change the clutch on my old cavalier for $800. The flywheel was ok in my case but would only add a few hundred dollars. That car has 120,000km when the clutch was replaced, and at leaders kids learned to drive stick on it.
I now have a 2002 BMW 3 series with 160,000km AND I drive it hard on the race track and auto cross.
So the Sportage may have a weak clutch, but I also think Kia put in a clutch delay valve. This is supposed to make the clutch engagement smoother for bad drivers who drop the clutch. My BMW had the same thing and I removed it.
I think the Sportage has one because off you do try to shift quickly, the clutch feels like it's slipping, especially shifting from 1 to 2.
I'm planning on inspecting the clutch for the delay valve, known as a CDV in the BMW world.
In the mean time, I try to shift as slowly as possible in the Sportage to make sure that the clutch is fully engaged.
Hope this helps.
 

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Thanks so much for your reply i, too, have read about UK users having this issue (I'm in Canada).

There are no aftermarket parts for this since the car is so new, so the clutch (with labour) is $1,500 (Kia quoted me the same price) and the flywheel alone was $1,000 plus the labour. Add in taxes and we're at $3K.

I'll update as I start dealing with Kia on the warranty claim stuff. I'm hoping that process will prove useful to other users who may need to go through the process at some point.

cheers - jenn
 

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Yikes, that's a shame about the lack of parts. Hopefully some come eventually. Or maybe there's some available from Europe or Korea?

Anyhow, thanks for the info and let us know what happens. Maybe you can ask about a CDV if you get the chance.

Did you notice anything funny with the clutch when the car was new? Did you have the same slipping feeling I mentioned when shifting to 2nd?
 

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flywheel,clutch and other connected parts

I have had my Kia Sportage 1st Edition towed away this morning, as I was left stranded on the motorway with no power or gears.

I have now been told by the garage that it needs a new flywheel, clutch and other connected parts. I have been told that NONE of it is under warranty!!!! The cost is £3100.

The car is 2 1/2 years old and has only 14.000 miles on the clock. I have had 3 KIA's before with no problem. this car has had a lot of problems.

Anybody else had this problem????
 

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I have a 2011 Canadian model with a manual trans . I also baby the clutch as I had one go on a Honda civic . the clutch on the civic was at 50 000 klm . that's what I now have on the kia .50k . I really baby it as I know how much the repair can cost . I hope they determine yours to be a parts fail and help you out with both the clutch and the fly wheel
 

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How did it fail? Was the clutch just slipping? Or did it explode to were you couldn't do anything?

If it exploded, that probably should be covered under warranty... unless it exploded due to being driven with a slipping clutch.

So sad how bad the clutch it. On my BMW 325ci, I autocross and track it regularly, and at over 175k km (110K miles), it's still running well on the original clutch.
 

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A clutch that you have to baby? -or needs a CDV? The manufacturers have obviously lost the plot in recent years. The only issue that I've ever had with manual transmissions was with clutch hydraulics, and that was a matter of hundreds of dollars, not thousands. One popular Australian car used to have a cable-operated clutch; it was mounted so that engine vibration/torque did not interfere with smooth clutch operation. Easy to replace, too.

One car (Alfetta) did need clutch maintenance; the clutch is buried in the transaxle and there was a build-up of dust. The clutch surface was about half worn after 150,000 km.

I was taught to "blend" clutch engagement when changing gears, and apart from rapid take-offs, there should be no wear on the clutch. I prefer autos these days. The KIA autos are so good that who needs a manual with a poorly-designed clutch?
 

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I could not speed up quickly anymore, as the car just revved before "gripping". It was already booked in 2 days after the incident. There had been problems before, but I was told there was nothing wrong!

The gears were just "free" and did not engage. Smoke and smell.
 

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Yup, sounds like clutch slip.


For you and others that have failed clutches, when shifting, did you let the clutch slip gently with low revs? Or did you quickly let it out with little to no gas?
 

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I think you manual trans guys need to get together and enter a class-action against KIA. They advertise '5 yr/60,000 mi bumper to bumper' and '10 yr/100.000 drive train'. If an automatic transmission fails to move the car, it's covered. But if a manual transmission won't, it's not covered? Sure, the manual clutch is a maintenance part but not if it eats the flywheel.
 

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Have just taken delivery of my second hand (24K miles) 2011 Sportage here in the UK. Clutch failed on driving it from the garage on the day I bought it. It was supposed to have had an 88 point specialist check! So much for that! Selling garage immediately replaced the clutch and flywheel under 'garage' 12 month guarantee. NB this was not done under the 4 year balance of the Kia warrantee. Drives like new now. I believe the CDV does prevent a smooth gear change and causes the engine to REV highly if you try to do a speedy change. Slow change gives no problem. On examination of the clutch and flywheel the mechanic said the clutch had burnt out through bad driving by the previous owner but looking at the threads it sounds as if the CDV is partially to blame. Incidentally the KIA soul courtesy car with only 6400 miles on the clock had the same engine racing sound on a swift gear change. Sounds like this could be a design problem.
 

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I have the same problem and I was told it was from me riding the clutch and the warranty will not cover it. What happened in your situation?
Bob
 

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It's just Kia using a cheap clutch, then charging for replacing it when it wears out too quickly. The CDV only accelerates the wear.
 

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I just bought a 2011 Kia Sportage front wheel drive with 48,000 miles on it in October, from Cochran Kia in Pittsburgh PA. The shifting was odd from the start with first gear (six speed manual transmission) being too low. You have to shift into second immediately or be thrown through the wind shield when you let out the clutch. The clutch went out at 54,000 miles and chewed up the flywheel at the same time. Aftermarket parts are not available, so Kia wants $1271.00 for new clutch with labor, then they want another $700.00 for new fly wheel. $2000.00 bill on our barely used used car. F..K me!! Do not buy this car unless you hate your wallet, and like shifting all day while you drive it.
 

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2013 Sportage clutch problem

I live in Spain, and purchased a new CRDi 2.0 AWD in December 2013. One year later, I noticed the typical 'slipping clutch' smell when pulling away on a steep incline. I took it to the dealer who performed the same test, and noticed the same result.
The car was driving OK on normal roads, the problem only manifested itself when starting on an steep hill.
The dealer reminded me that the clutch was not covered under the warranty, therefore he could do nothing, other than strip and examine it at my cost.
I was not happy with that result for a one year old car with 12k kms on the clock, and so contacted Kia Europe and complained. They referred me to Kia Spain who suggested the dealer should check to see if it was defective parts.
He stripped and checked it, reported directly to Kia Spain, who advised me the car needed a new clutch plate and flywheel. Seems to me to be a well known and reported scenario !
The cost of the parts alone has been quoted to me in writing as 2,628 Euro, plus labor costs which Kia did offer to pay as a 'goodwill gesture'.
I am a retired and careful social driver. My previous car, an Opel, completed 180,000 kms without a clutch replacement.
Time to wake up Kia - you have a recurring fault here.
My concern is - will the clutch replacement become an annual event ?
 
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