Hey y'all.. I hope someone here can help me out so I don't get taken advantage of.
I own a 2011 Kia Sportage SX AWD 2.0 Turbo, just about 100k miles, well maintained with regular oil changes using mobil 1 full synthetic sae 5w-30.
So twice this year when I've started driving, the turbo seemed to not engage and the check engine light came on. I pulled over, turned off the car for a few and when I started it back up the turbo engaged, but the light was still on. I went to Advanced Auto, they ran the code and told me to change the oil. Both times, doing so seemed to remedy the issue. Both times I had driven more miles than usual between oil changes, so I thought nothing of it.
Wellllll, the other day driving to work the car suddenly lost it's umphf, straight into limp mode and the check engine light started blinking. The building super there was a mechanic and offered to run the code and check it out. He said it was the turbo actuator. Suggested to change the oil again and if that doesn't solve the issue as it did before, the actuator needs to be replaced.
So I trudged home, got an oil change, cleared the code and it was fine...for about 10 minutes. Back into limp mode with a flashing check engine light. Neighbor ran the code and this time it popped for 3. P0011, P0014 and P1326. Looked em all up online. First two were the turbo issue the mechanic dude mentioned. But the P1326? Fml.
While searching for as much info on the P1326 code I could find, I came across the whole recall and the warranty issued for a replacement engine. Searched my vin, it showed the previous owner serviced the car for this recall. Called my local Kia dealership and had it towed for assessment for the warranty.
Dude from service called me this morning and says it's covered under the warranty, however, the turbo is not, it's unrelated yadda yadda. He said it needs an entire new turbo kit replacement or my engine will eventually fail. Made a huge deal about how I wouldn't have to pay for labor since they'd already be in there, but said the parts are $2500.
Am I wrong in thinking this doesn't make sense? Isn't the turbo part of the engine? How are these things not related when all at once they coded and my engine stopped working?
I've tried to find some kind of document about what's included in the engine replacement for the warranty, but honestly everything is Greek to me. All I know is I searched the cost of a new turbo installation kit and I didn't see one over $1200. I called the mechanic dude and he also said the quote is ridiculous, he doesn't understand why the turbo wouldn't be included in the warranty and that he thinks I should only need the actuator replaced, not the whole turbo kit.
Any guidance, feedback or information regarding this would be greatly appreciated. And please take it easy on me, I don't really know much about cars, but I do my best to maintain it, research and watch videos and I can change my own oil, pads and rotors and tires..so I'm at least ahead of the game compared to a lot of women lol
Thanks in advance!