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Hard Ride overshadows the good in this SUV

I have a 2013 Sorento Ex with the luxury package. I like everything about it EXCEPT for the very hard ride. There is not a crack in the road this vehicle doesn't feel. I'm told it has a European style ride. Bull. It has a very bad suspension. It seems this condition was corrected in the 2014 model. I don't care as I have to live with the 2013 model. Doesn't Kia test drive these vehicles? I was given this vehicle by my son so I didn't test drive it. New York City has the worst roads in the world which only compounds the problem. There are only 39 thousand miles on this SUV. I do 5 thousand miles a year. I change the oil 2 times a year using OEM filters and Mobil one Oil. The car is detailed twice a year and washed at least once a month. It's a beautiful silver SUV. So what am I complaining about? THE TERRIBLE HARD RIDE.
 

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I just picked up my 2013 Sorento LX 46k, last week. I put 230 miles on it today.... felt like 115:> Still trying to get the feel for how the tranny shift and holds a gear as per road conditions and engine speed. Next bug deflector and weatherteh mats

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Just bought a Poop Brown 2011 Sorento LX V6 FWD with 125k miles on the odo for $7,800 off the lot cash last month. Freaking Good DEAL! Most go for well over 10k for a V6 FWD in MN. It's been a month now and I'm still making use of it. I have 2 kids and most of the weekends I have my nephew that comes over to play with my kids. Third row was used first today carrying all my nephew and nieces to Mother's Day. No problem even with AC on. But there is caveats to how it's been engineered.

Pros:

Smooth ride and firm when hitting bumps. I like that because you can tell what going on with the road and taking corners. Came with some new'ish Nexan or Nexus tires so I can't complain.

Third row is great for kids. Bad for grownups for long trips but still better then nothing. Folds flat so even better.

V6 is strong and can pull full loads up to highway speed pretty quick. Eco mode helps me with my stupid feet that can't stay still.

Front seats are really good for a Crossover. Side bolsters are pretty supportive. Sad I have no power seats or leather. But I can deal with it.



CONS:

Bluetooth doesn't work. I know the deal now.

Headlight connector overheated and melted the connection. Fixed it today with soldering on a porcelain H11 connector. I know the deal now.

Base stock radio is not good. No bass and more tin noise if you turn it up. My old 94 Camry had a better system.

Test drove, noticed it needs new idler pulleys. No biggie for me. Going to fix soon.

Coming off the line with a bit of power will make the front wheels lose grip. The Back hunches and the front lifts pretty bad but I knew what I was getting. Engine is pretty small and tucked pretty low and closer to the firewall so That makes it a better cornering car. No biggie for me.


One month of ownership and It's a mix bag. But for the price, I got a hell of a car.
 

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Just looking to see if anyone on here is really putting the miles on their Sorento, and what is your opinion of it so far? Lets try to keep this to the folks that have had their vehicle for more than a month or so. Hoping to hear from some with over ten thousand miles? What do you people think of it so far? Forums seem to draw mainly negative posts, I would love to hear both sides of it. I only have 1100 miles so far on my LX 4cyl FWD. But so far I am very pleased, other than a very noisy fuse box cover near my left knee that was a simple fix. . Great SUV so far, just hoping to have that same opinion a year or so from now.
Owner of 2012 Sorento with 128K miles on it. We've really enjoyed it. It's been relatively trouble-free, but is developing a little "personality" nowadays. Probably would not invest in major engine repairs at this point, as we no longer need a family hauler.
 

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2013 LX V-6 with 166000. Back-up camera stopped at 62000. I replaced since off warranty. Drivers seat heater no longer working in winter 2018-19. Replacement not worth it. Passenger seat OCS stopped working. Airbag light on. $2100 for the part! Have been told that airbag will work, but not differentiate <80# seat occupant. Also been told it will not work at all. Kia.com will not answer even after i provided OBDII Codes. Original front brakes to 96K. Rears to 120K. Engine and drive train with NO problems.
 

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2013 LX V-6 with 166000. Back-up camera stopped at 62000. I replaced since off warranty. Drivers seat heater no longer working in winter 2018-19. Replacement not worth it. Passenger seat OCS stopped working. Airbag light on. $2100 for the part! Have been told that airbag will work, but not differentiate <80# seat occupant. Also been told it will not work at all. Kia.com will not answer even after i provided OBDII Codes. Original front brakes to 96K. Rears to 120K. Engine and drive train with NO problems.
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