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Has anyone experienced deteriorating ride quality over the life of their Sorento. My suspension is thumping and popping all the time and the dealers say it is fine. It is starting to make me regret buying a Kia. I have only 22000 miles oin my 2003 LX.
 

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No issues here. I have 12k on my 04 Sorento LX. It rides great. Sorry to hear you are beginning to regret buying a kia.
 

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HHHMMM sounds kinda weird that the dealer would leave a car that makes noise out of the shop. Mabey they cant recreate the noise? go on the test drive with the service writer and get him to recognise that there is a noise. Its still under warranty so make some noise if you have to . My dealer is great to us. Ive only been there for a oil change but my wife has had no problems with the vehicle
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Originally posted by Rob454@Feb 20 2005, 04:44 AM
HHHMMM sounds kinda weird that the dealer would leave a car that makes noise out of the shop. Mabey they cant recreate the noise? go on the test drive with the service writer and get him to recognise that there is a noise. Its still under warranty so make some noise if you have to . My dealer is great to us. Ive only been there for a oil change but my wife has had no problems with the vehicle
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The Sorento's ride is really bumpy compared to softroaders, and, over time, you may get the impression the ride is harsh, especially when you go over some really rough or irregular roads. As a real offroader, the Sorento's body-on-frame, short length and solid axle means more unsprung weight which explains the harder ride. The Sorento is a truck and has truck-like ride; crossovers and softroaders (Escape, CRV, etc) rides more like cars.
 

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Originally posted by Swim@Feb 21 2005, 01:05 AM
The Sorento's ride is really bumpy compared to softroaders, and, over time, you may get the impression the ride is harsh, especially when you go over some really rough or irregular roads. As a real offroader, the Sorento's body-on-frame, short length and solid axle means more unsprung weight which explains the harder ride. The Sorento is a truck and has truck-like ride; crossovers and softroaders (Escape, CRV, etc) rides more like cars.
I like my Sorento a lot but I dont hide from the fact that it rides like a plank!I really think that Kia should take note and do something about this,to say that Porsche had a hand in tuning the suspension takes some swallowing!As for riding like a truck,well I know of plenty of small trucks that ride better than my car,Eg.Sprinter etc.Yes the Sorento is a true Off Roader,but after market springs are starting to appear in parts lists by specialists around the world,if they can get it right ,why cant Kia?
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Originally posted by Swim@Feb 21 2005, 01:05 AM
The Sorento's ride is really bumpy compared to softroaders, and, over time, you may get the impression the ride is harsh, especially when you go over some really rough or irregular roads. As a real offroader, the Sorento's body-on-frame, short length and solid axle means more unsprung weight which explains the harder ride. The Sorento is a truck and has truck-like ride; crossovers and softroaders (Escape, CRV, etc) rides more like cars.

No. It is not my interpretation of the ride quality. It is a distinguishable sound and vibration. It diminishes when it rains I'venoticed, with all the storms we've had in the western US. Does anyone have any recommendations for aftermarket springs/shocks?
 
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