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I love my Borrego except, It rides like a log wagon. I just put new Michelin LTX M/S2 tires on. Still rides the same. Has anyone else had this experience?

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I haven't changed....

I haven't changed my tires and I agree, at first the ride was fairly stiff, but after a couple of thousand miles, it seemed that the shocks got broken in a bit (if that is all possible) and the ride got a bit more comfortable. One thing I do like about the stiffer ride, is that the handling is that much better than those trucks that have a soft suspension. Compared to my old GMC Envoy clone (Isuzu Ascender), this truck handles like a race car. This truck is not perfect, but compared to every other truck I have owned or even driven, this truck handles far better.

I love my Borrego except, It rides like a log wagon. I just put new Michelin LTX M/S2 tires on. Still rides the same. Has anyone else had this experience?

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Its a TRUCK not a car. I have no problem with the truck like ride and don't find it harsh at all.
 

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I agree with the slight harshness of the ride. I have a EX V8 4x4...owned for 2 weeks now, have 1,800 miles already put on it (salesman). I keep reading that it has an adjustable suspension system...what does that mean? Does that mean a mechanic can soften the stiff suspension or no? I understand that no company makes any aftermarket shock absorbers for the Borrego yet...but has anyone tried going to an off-road shop and seeing if they can be creative? I also agree...stock 18" Hankook tires not that good...feel like bricks...but with my driving and job...easily get 75,000 miles plus on tires, so don't want to change those yet by all means. But any KIA mechanics out there or other experts...comments/suggestions on trying to soften up the suspension and make the ride more cushy?
 

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I agree with the slight harshness of the ride. I have a EX V8 4x4...owned for 2 weeks now, have 1,800 miles already put on it (salesman). I keep reading that it has an adjustable suspension system...what does that mean? Does that mean a mechanic can soften the stiff suspension or no? I understand that no company makes any aftermarket shock absorbers for the Borrego yet...but has anyone tried going to an off-road shop and seeing if they can be creative? I also agree...stock 18" Hankook tires not that good...feel like bricks...but with my driving and job...easily get 75,000 miles plus on tires, so don't want to change those yet by all means. But any KIA mechanics out there or other experts...comments/suggestions on trying to soften up the suspension and make the ride more cushy?
I see a Buick in your future......:rolleyes:
 

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I drove a 2008 Tahoe this morning. The ride is ten times smoother then the Borrego. The Tahoe is a body on frame type construction also.
Kia just missed the boat when it comes to ride smoothness.
I like the Borrego except for this charateristic. The way it's p****** me off I may trade it for a Tahoe.
 

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I drove a 2008 Tahoe this morning. The ride is ten times smoother then the Borrego. The Tahoe is a body on frame type construction also.
Kia just missed the boat when it comes to ride smoothness.
I like the Borrego except for this charateristic. The way it's p****** me off I may trade it for a Tahoe.

If you don't like the ride why did you buy it? You drove the wonderfully smooth Tahoe why didn't you skip the horrible Borrego if it was so harsh riding and belly up with $55K for the Tahoe then? Thats why you test drive vehicles before you buy them. I have owned both a Tahoe and now the Borrego I love my KIA. Just trade it in.
 

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One of the biggest selling points of the Borrego was the value for dollar compared to the other SUV's we test drove. These included, Land Rover, Hyundai veracruz, Buick Rendavous (sorry about the spelling), Tahoe, VW Tiguan, Subaru Outback, Toyota Rav 4 and probably several others that were not memorable enough to put down here. Yes, the Borrego does not ride as smooth as the Tahoe or several other higher dollar vehicles, but the difference in price with comparable options was in excess of $20,000. Thats a lot of money to put out for a bit smoother ride. You could probably put new springs and shocks on the Borrego for less than $4,000. Not to mention that Kia has the best warranty in the business, bar none.
If you're not happy with your choice, you always have the option of buying another vehicle that suits your backside.
This is not meant to be a personal attack, just stating our reasons for buying a Borrego despite a few faults we can live with quite happily, at least for the next few years. At least until the DIESEL arrives.:D
 

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Actually Rancho,,,

Actually, I found out that Rancho makes replacement shocks for this vehicle. Check it out.

Discount Auto Shocks - Auto Shocks at Wholesale Prices - 2009 Kia Borrego EX 6 Cyl 3.8L Shock Absorbers


I agree with the slight harshness of the ride. I have a EX V8 4x4...owned for 2 weeks now, have 1,800 miles already put on it (salesman). I keep reading that it has an adjustable suspension system...what does that mean? Does that mean a mechanic can soften the stiff suspension or no? I understand that no company makes any aftermarket shock absorbers for the Borrego yet...but has anyone tried going to an off-road shop and seeing if they can be creative? I also agree...stock 18" Hankook tires not that good...feel like bricks...but with my driving and job...easily get 75,000 miles plus on tires, so don't want to change those yet by all means. But any KIA mechanics out there or other experts...comments/suggestions on trying to soften up the suspension and make the ride more cushy?
 

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Rancho Shocks...

That's good news about Rancho. Would you recommend calling them directly and talking to one of their tech people? Or using an off-road shop around Columbia, SC (where I am)?
 

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Rancho...

what is rancho website address to check if it definitely would fit with EX V8 4x4 Borrego? Or are shocks same on V6 as V8?
 

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If you don't like the ride why did you buy it? You drove the wonderfully smooth Tahoe why didn't you skip the horrible Borrego if it was so harsh riding and belly up with $55K for the Tahoe then? Thats why you test drive vehicles before you buy them. I have owned both a Tahoe and now the Borrego I love my KIA. Just trade it in.
The reason I posted what I did was for informational purposes only. I didn't post it for criticism from you. If I had had the $55,000.00 for a Tahoe I would have bought it. Since I'm not as wealthy as you, I had to settle for something in my price range. If you can't say something useful in response to a posting. I suggest you not post anything.
 

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I drove a 2008 Tahoe this morning. The ride is ten times smoother then the Borrego. The Tahoe is a body on frame type construction also.
Kia just missed the boat when it comes to ride smoothness.
I like the Borrego except for this charateristic. The way it's p****** me off I may trade it for a Tahoe.
Looks to me like you opened yourself up to criticism. If you didn't like the response I guess you should think before you type.

As for the ride I actually don't think it's all that bad. If you have a load on it, it seems to smooth right out. I'm comparing this to the ride of my F-250 and my old Cherokee.
 

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The reason I posted what I did was for informational purposes only. I didn't post it for criticism from you. If I had had the $55,000.00 for a Tahoe I would have bought it. Since I'm not as wealthy as you, I had to settle for something in my price range. If you can't say something useful in response to a posting. I suggest you not post anything.

You purchased a Borrego. I am saying something useful, if you don't like what you purchased then buy something different. You could spend thousands changing the springs and shocks out only to find you still don't like the ride. Cut your losses trade it in for a Buick crossover.
 

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GMs tend to be softly sprung....

GM trucks tend to be softly sprung for the soccer moms (according to the salesman). The downside of that is that they don't handle as well, especially during hard emergency manuvers. One thing I have noticed, is that after a few thousand miles, the ride does soften a bit. Either due to the shocks wearing in or the tires softening up after sitting on the dealers lot for a year (or both). To each his own.


I drove a 2008 Tahoe this morning. The ride is ten times smoother then the Borrego. The Tahoe is a body on frame type construction also.
Kia just missed the boat when it comes to ride smoothness.
I like the Borrego except for this charateristic. The way it's p****** me off I may trade it for a Tahoe.
 

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The Tahoe just has bigger tires which i feel may improve the ride. I wouldn't buy it though. It is too ugly, too noisy (not inside but outside with that low rev V8), and the price is just too ridiculous. I mean if the Mohave is so terrible....GOSH i can imagine that the Tahoe will be like driving on a double cream waterfall. Because i find the Mohave very comfy. add 10 times better ride in the Tahoe and WOOF.... I wish there was such a car.
 

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It's funny how we all buy for different reasons. I bought the Borrego because of the ride. All the other SUV's with a low range tranny rode soft as puppy poo, and leaned proportionally. I prefer feedback like a sports car not a limo personally. The Borrego can pushed harder around corners and not feel like it's tipping like a sailboat. Each to his own.
I do think that a little softer high speed dampening is what would make the difference for you though.
 
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