Kia named in class action over First generation (2002–2009) equipped with a Hyundai-manufactured 3.5L 24-valve DOHC V6 engine

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This class action lawsuit on behalf of a class of all current and former owners and leasees of certain Kia Sorento, model year First generation (2002–2009) equipped with a Hyundai-manufactured 3.5L 24-valve DOHC V6 engine. It is alleged here that these engines were designed with a defective engine crank sprocket and balancer, in that the design of the balancer sticks out too far and weighs too much, breaking off the spring guide Pin and causing the front pulley bolt to break, which then causes catastrophic engine failure, loss of power steering, loss of the charging system, loss of the cooling system and loss of control of the vehicle, and is a hazard to owners and other individuals who may be in harms way.

As alleged, through a common and uniform course of conduct, the Defendants’ knowing failure, despite their longstanding knowledge of the problem, to disclose to Plaintiffs and other consumers that Kia Sorento (2002-2009), vehicles (collectively, the “Class vehicles”) are predisposed to snap the front pulley bolt resulting in the ejection of the front pulley, which then sets off a chain reaction of shredding all the belts attached to it including the power steering, battery charging system, and cooling system, all resulting in severe heat buildup, loss of steering control while being driven, loss of power while being driven, hazardous accident potential and engine failure, and metal debris, resulting in serious and expensive damage to, and/or catastrophic failure of the engine within the Class vehicles (collectively, the “front pulley balancer bolt problem”). Not only did Kia actively conceal the material fact that this particular component is defectively designed (and requires costly repairs to fix), but it also did not reveal that the existence of this defect would diminish the intrinsic resale value of the vehicle. Furthermore, through a common and uniform course of conduct, Defendants have failed to honor both federally mandated and voluntarily offered warranties that would have required them to repair or correct, at no cost to the consuming public, the nonconforming and/or defective vehicle(s).

The complaint alleges that Defendants have been aware for years of the true nature and cause of the front pulley balancer bolt problem in class vehicles. Meanwhile, Defendants made numerous affirmative statements touting the high-quality and reliability of the Class vehicles.

As a result of the front pulley balancer bolt problem and defective vehicle design, Defendants have benefited from collecting funds from Kia customers for vehicle service procedures such as unnecessary front pulley balancer bolt replacements, computer reprogramming and software updates, and troubleshooting and diagnosing front pulley balancer bolt complaints, when in fact, Defendants knew the true cause of such front pulley balancer bolt problems within the Class vehicles were the defective vehicle design.

Many owners and leasees of the Class vehicles have had to repair or replace their, front pulley balancer bolts multiple times, thereby incorporating costly front pulley balancer bolt repairs and/or replacements as needed to return their vehicles to expected operating condition.

KIA 1-1-13


Robert H. said
1406 days ago
You might be interested to know that this is not the first time KIA has done this. I have a KIA Carnival which has catastrophic engine failure for the second time. I have learned that KIA Carnivals with the Rover K Engine which also has a design defect have an engine failure rate approaching 100%. KIA Australia were aware of this problem from the outset and chose to ignore calls from its distributor to recall the cars and tough it out for the last 10 or more years. Despite many reports to Consumer Affairs agencies in Australia they have so far gotten away with it. I have written to their CEO demanding a new car and got the standard reply that it was all my fault for not servicing the vehicle properly which is a lie. We spent $30,000 extra converting the people mover to a wheelchair carrying vehicle and now have a car which is off the road and virtually worthless as a resale proposition. My wife has MS and her condition worsens daily as we are unable to get her to her Hydrotherapy and Strength training sessions. I have posted my story on KIA Australia's Facebook site this weekend hoping to bring attention to this company's behaviour. I can supply documentation on request showing my letter to the new KIA Australia CEO and their reply. I also have research info on the extent of the engine failures here in Australia and I believe there have been similar issues overseas. KIA knew that these engines were faulty but failed to warn consumers much like what has happened in the US. Many of these vehicles are used as vehicles for the disabled as mine is and have had multiple engine failures - and as the later models reach 30,000 Kms or so they too are failing. In my case the first engine failed at 39,000 Kms and the replacement engine at 100,000 Kms on the odometer or with just 60,000 Kms on the supposedly fixed new engine.


Patrick F. said
1300 days ago
Just yesterday my 2005 Kia Sorento's crank pulley bolt broke off and caused me to nearly get into an accident. I had to have the vehicle towed to a repair shop and was just informed that the cost to repair this will be at least $1500 depending on severity. I also learn that KIA's are well known for this problem as I was told the repair shop has worked on numerous Sorento's with the same problem.


Joel P. said
1275 days ago
I have a 2006 kia sorento, just spent 1200.00 to fix camshaft sensor and crankshaft sensor. 2 weeks later the power steering and brakes went out. The belt slipped off. I got the belt fixed and a week later same thing happened. Went to repair again and the crankshaft pulley was lose. had a mechanic try to fix problem and found out the pin for the sprocket sheered and had it towed to KIa dealer. They said this not covered since my waranty expired. Also said other mechanic who replaced sensor was resposible. He didnt tighten bolt for pulley to specs. So now it sits at kia with no taken blame this matter. And Kia said cant get the bolt out of camshaft. So the engine needs to be replaced I have no other car. I cant afford to fix this car. And cant afford a new car. Someone please help!!!!


Joel P. said
1275 days ago
I have a 2006 kia sorento, just spent 1200.00 to fix camshaft sensor and crankshaft sensor. 2 weeks later the power steering and brakes went out. The belt slipped off. I got the belt fixed and a week later same thing happened. Went to repair again and the crankshaft pulley was lose. had a mechanic try to fix problem and found out the pin for the sprocket sheered and had it towed to KIa dealer. They said this not covered since my waranty expired. Also said other mechanic who replaced sensor was resposible. He didnt tighten bolt for pulley to specs. So now it sits at kia with no taken blame this matter. And Kia said cant get the bolt out of camshaft. So the engine needs to be replaced I have no other car. I cant afford to fix this car. And cant afford a new car. Someone please help!!!!


Joel P. said
1275 days ago


said
1236 days ago
I totally understand what you have gone through! The same exact thing happened to my 2006 Sorrento just this week. Had to replace the cam and crank sensors.


Bill W. said
1229 days ago
Are there any updates to this class action suit


Lena W. said
1205 days ago
I have a 2005 Kia Sorento and my crankshaft also gave out, the warranty company I bought the vehicle with is refusing to pay for the cost because of "preexisting conditions" I am not sure what that mean. Anyway, the bill is $5000 and I am left without a car nor can I get a new car. I would like to be included in this class action lawsuit. This is terrible :-(


Chan B. said
1199 days ago
This morning the crankshaft bolt broke on my wife's 04 Kia Sorento. After reading these comments, I have no plans to go to the dealership. I think I can drill the bolt fragment out and install a new sprocket and bolt. After that I only need the car to last until I can trade it in. It is completely ridiculous that there has not been a recall on this problem.


Rick G. said
1176 days ago
Three days ago, my crankshaft pulley removed itself from the engine block due to a shearing of the bolt that was holding it on. I found out from the dealer that they actually replaced this bolt at the 60k maintenance, which they did not tell me at that time (three years ago). Current mileage 117k.
Same story - no power steering, no alternator, shredded belts, etc.
Dealer will not fix, as they admit no bolt will now hold as crank threads are compromised.
Their solutions:
1) crank replacement ($4,000)
2) used engine ($2,000 plus installation $2,000 = $4,000)
3) trade in on new Kia and hide the problem ($2,000 trade in value, or bribe)
4) tow it out of their lot at my expense and please go away


Rick G. said
1176 days ago
I did not write before that this is a 2005 Kia Sorento, with an impeccable documented maintenance record, including oil changes at every 3,000 miles; and dealer service at 30k/60k/90k.


sarah t. said
1165 days ago
OMG! I am relieved that it's not only me who have the same experience. I have a 2005 Kia Sorento, I lost control of the wheel driving 30kph. Good thing I was able to park the vehicle on the side of a quiet street. I popped the hood, the serpentine belt came off. I had it towed to Kia, crank shaft bolt was found laying somewhere in the engine where it shouldn't be. I called Kia Canada and complained why the bolt that shouldn't have come loose came loose!!! They told me, "oh you should have had your timing belt replaced @96000km then the dealership could have replaced your crankshaft bolt too to have prevented this incident, since you didnt have it done then this happened". I responded saying that it is not part of the timing belt maintenance to replace the crankshaft bolt. They are not admitting that there is a flaw to the design of the vehicle and that it should have been recalled. I will not buy a Kia ever again.


Jennifer C. said
1163 days ago
I have a 2003 Kia Sorento and about three weeks ago a bolt fell out of the engine and has done about $2500 worht of damage to the engine. We still dont have the truck back up and running.


Michael B. said
1160 days ago
My bolt broke off on me just the other day, I spoke with Kia today they told me I would have to pay for it that it isn't their problem. Really, you designed a crankshaft that is faulty, I feel for people who are actually in accidents because they lose power steering. Btw, I did that as well. I need to get involved in this law suit, can someone please tell me how? Thank you


Tracy C. said
1110 days ago
I have the 2005 Kia Sorento, We're the first owner. Car has 78K miles on it. My husband was driving and the wheel locked up on him and almost caused a traffic accident. Just 4 days before our car was at Kia dealership getting oil change and a diagnosis, how in the world did they not see the broken crank shaft? It was so upsetting when I called they said the technician must have forgot to check? Seriously, they didn't apologize and said because I had my water pump and timing belt done outside Kia, that it's not their fault. So now I'm well aware of that 100K sale pitch Kia had gotten us. My main question is, what is the average cost I should invest in fixing it? Or have any idea what it'll cost to get it done. Kia is saying $2500-$3500....that's just too much. Anyone with good referral in WA is greatly appreciate. I hope It's not too late to join a lawsuit against Kia and this issues.


keaira w. said
1104 days ago
Im having so many issue with my 2005 kiss serionto


Zanika D. said
1092 days ago
I have a 2005 kia sorento that I purchase from the dealer ship Kia Of Florence in 2011. About a week ago I was driving down the the interstate and the cut shut off. the lights was still on but the radio and some of the interior lights went out. I put the car in N and let the car drive on its own for a while before I actuall pulled over in stop. Before I could completely stop the car lights and radio came back on so I tried to restart the car and it crank back up. when I got about a mile or two down the car did the same thing. It turned my hour drive home to a two hour drive I was so scared. I finally got home and have not moved the car since.


Janet M. said
1092 days ago
The bolt on my 2005 Kia Sorento broke off in Sept 2013 causing me to lose all power. Luckily I was driving in a parking lot at the time. I spent $1100 to fix it at my mechanic, not Kia, because it was out of warranty so it didn't occur to me it was a design problem. Last night it broke again when I went to back out of a parking spot, I had it towed again, and this time my mechanic researched and found out about these problems, which led me to Google and find this. I definitely want to join the class action suit.


Eric M. said
1086 days ago
I have a 2006 Kia Sorento I had the harmonic balancer replaced and the timing belt and bolts replaced in February of 2013 at my local Kia dealership. All work was done with genuine Kia parts and serviced by a certified Kia master mechanic and this cost me $1,212.63. Then yesterday December 12, 2013 the crank shaft bolt broke. I am being told that when the bolt broke it through the timing of the engine pistons off and totally destroyed my engine and I am looking at a bill for a minimum of $7,000.00 to replace my engine. If anyone has information of how I can join this lawsuit please let me know.


Kristy L. said
1085 days ago
I could have written any of these responses myself!!! 2006 Kia and check all boxes above ... Twice. Today I got the catastrophic engine failure $4000 to fix. Has anyone heard anything?


Twanna S. said
1082 days ago
My car has this issue from a year ago which cost 1100.00 to fix. Now since it happened again 10/25/2013 and the car has been sitting for two months its been reported back to me that the bottom portion of my engine is messed up. Can someone please tell me if there is a recall on this because this isn't right?


Twanna S. said
1082 days ago
By the way, my car is 2005 Kia Sorento and I read that this has been going on for this model along with 2003-2006.


kevin s. said
1061 days ago
05 kia amantiwith the same engine as the sorento. 3.5 v6 outof the blue loss of power charging lights on and diagnosis is a bad bolt in the harmonic balancer. any info woould be appreciated.


Annette L. said
1059 days ago
In May of 2012, 2 mos after having my timing belt replaced on my 2005 Kia Sorento, the bolt broke off in half inside the crankshaft pulley. The other half of the bolt was inside the crankshaft case. Kia dealer nor a machines shop could not drill it out. Had to put in a whole used/new engine at a cost of over $4,500. I was told that Kia put out a TSB (technical service bulletin) to all mechanics shops informing them not to use the old bolt, that there was a new re-designed bolt available. Why did I not get a copy of that TSB, cause the shop that did my timing belt did not read all their TSB's. I would have followed up with them to make sure they did not use the old bolt.


Annette L. said
1059 days ago
In May of 2012, 2 mos after having my timing belt replaced on my 2005 Kia Sorento, the bolt broke off in half inside the crankshaft pulley. The other half of the bolt was inside the crankshaft case. Kia dealer nor a machines shop could not drill it out. Had to put in a whole used/new engine at a cost of over $4,500. I was told that Kia put out a TSB (technical service bulletin) to all mechanics shops informing them not to use the old bolt, that there was a new re-designed bolt available. Why did I not get a copy of that TSB, cause the shop that did my timing belt did not read all their TSB's. I would have followed up with them to make sure they did not use the old bolt.


Mike B. said
1059 days ago
Just had the dash lights brake and charging come on. after checking none of the belts were turning I am tring to get the pulley off to check the damage.


said
1052 days ago
Just happened to me. I had no idea of this issue. I bought my 04 Kia about a year ago. I bought a used car warranty also. Cost me an extra 2k. It's been at the dealer for 2 days now without a call. So I called them and they told me the crankshaft bolt broke off. They were trying to come up with a solution. They did not tell me this was a common problem. We'll see who pays for this. It better not be me.


Annette L. said
1047 days ago
All Kia owners, get on the band wagon, here's the Legal Group that has started a classaction Lawsuit; Law Office of Shmuel Klein, P.C.
268 Route 59 West, Spring Valley, N.Y. 10977 888-434-0004 or 845-425-2510.(They filed the suit in their N.J. office, but they have me send all correspondence to their N.Y. office)Please pass this on to others, the more on board the better our chances. I would do a blog if I knew how.


leon h. said
1038 days ago
this is the second time for me to have the crankshaft bolt to snap off.. First time it cause me $1500 to get it repair.. I bought all the parts from kia even the new re-designed bolt.. Now it happen to me again jan 27 2014.. It is less then 15000km from the first time tell it happen again.. This time it done a lot more damage


Cheryl R. said
1035 days ago
Same issue with crankshaft pulley bolt. The car is in the shop now... How does this class action suit work? Does KIA just replace the crankshaft pulley sprocket/balancer and bolt for free?


mike l. said
1032 days ago
i have the same kia issue


Rhonda . said
1023 days ago
My 2006 kia sorento shut off while driving, just like the others.Had it towed to a repair shop waiting on estimate. My car has 115,000. Miles on it.I bought it 3 months ago from a small used car lot and without warranty. Would I be included in the class action law suit? Has one been filed? Thank you


Drew M. said
1019 days ago
Hi my name is Drew Marshall. I live in Melbourne Australia. Unfortunately I own a 2003 Kia Sorento. It too has had serious issues with the harmonic balancer, crankshaft and associated bolt. I had oil pouring out from my crankshaft seal due to the pin in the crank sprocket shearing and the spacer shattering tearing out the seal. My mechanic originally last November only replaced the crankshaft sprocket, spacer and timing belt. Unaware of the problem everyone else has experienced, noy all of the situation was realised. Last Saturday, I found severe squealing noises coming from the motor with the A/C running. It was quite a hot day, and we were heading home from the beach. Some 30 minutes later, I had lost my power steering, battery light was illuminated and the brake light illuminated in the dash. Had the Sorento towed back to my mechanic, only to get the bad news that everyone has received. Kia needs to face facts and do the right thing by its customers. This thing I feel, is just about to explode in their face.


Cara Y. said
1016 days ago
I too have a 2003 Kia Sorento with this issue. It happened this morning. Luckly I wasn't driving. I started it for it to warm up. Went inside. Heard a terrible noise. Went back out. Vehicle was still running but warning lights on the dash lit up everywhere. I turned it off. Restarted lights still on. Raised the hood and released the belts weren't turning. I noticed the bolt spinning turned it off and call a tow to my mechanic. I'm so worried about the costs. How do I get in this lawsuit?


Rory M. said
1006 days ago
I have the same issue with crank shaft pulley bolt. It sheared off and caused internal damage to the engine. KIA quoted $6000.00 to get fixed. The car (2003 Sorento) is only worth about $3500.00.


Cindy O. said
982 days ago
I also have the same problem! While driving, I just dropped my son at school, I lost steering ,brakes and every light came on, almost wrecking. A used engine with 100,000 on it for 2,500! I want in on the lawsuit, i have no car , as it will sit until i can come up with money for a engine.


tammy t. said
977 days ago
I also have a 2005 kia sorrento with no starting 2 days ago. At first it started to make a loud noise while the heat was on, now it starts when it wants too. My mechanic can't figure anything out about whats wrong with it. It's off to the kia dealer tomorrow wish me luck! I want in this class action suit also.


said
967 days ago
I have a 2006 kia sorrento that has suffered total engine loss from the crankshaft bolt snapping.


Vera S. said
966 days ago
I would also like to know how to get involved in the lawsuit against Kia. I have a 2005 Kia Sorento a few days ago would not start. We thought it was the battery so we jump started the vehicle and the next day my husband brought our child to school and on the way home the brakes lights came on and several other lights also. The power steering locked up. When my husband checked the crank shaft pulley was broken. I know this will cost a lot but he is trying to fix himself. He is up in age and very sick. We can't afford to send to a deader to fix so I told him to take his time to fix it. I would like to be involved in the Lawsuit so if there is one please let us know


Earlisha C. said
946 days ago
This same thing happened to my 2006 Kia Sorento last night. The power steering went out and the brake and engine light came on. I called Kia and they said that since it is out of warranty there is not anything they can do. Is it going to take for someone to kill themselves or someone else before Kia starts to care about a problem that they know exists? Don't they want their current customers to one day be repeat customers? I pray it doesn't cost a small fortune to get fixed because Lord only knows I cannot afford it.


Rogert W. said
945 days ago
I just bought a 2006 Kia Sorento LX and was unaware of the problems with the pulley bolt but three months after buying it this happened to me and I am disabled with limited income and feel that I have been ripped off. I can't afford to take to shop but now I have to pay for a car that's not running.


Andrew S. said
943 days ago
I own a 2006 Sorento with 94,000 miles. Happened to my wife with my two young boys in the back - steering wheel locked up and emergency brake light lit up the dash. Luckily she was driving on local back roads. Car went to local auto shop who said they couldn't fix and needed to go to dealer. Dealer has car now and said could take a couple days to diagnose. Not sounding good based on previous posts. I'd like in on this suit as well.


Andrew S. said
943 days ago
I own a 2006 Sorento with 94,000 miles. Happened to my wife with my two young boys in the back - steering wheel locked up and emergency brake light lit up the dash. Luckily she was driving on local back roads. Car went to local auto shop who said they couldn't fix and needed to go to dealer. Dealer has car now and said could take a couple days to diagnose. Not sounding good based on previous posts. I'd like in on this suit as well.


Dominic S. said
938 days ago
I have a 2006 Kia Sorento, 108,000 miles. Same issue as described above. Local Kia dealer told me there was no recall. There last customer with a similar issue in which the bolt only backed out and did not shear off cost approximately $2.5K. Mine may be significantly more. It appears it may be cheaper to junk it?


Cindy O. said
928 days ago
So , I guess no one can find a lawsuit to join! I have contacted several listed here and other sites, and not one has contacted me. Has anyone else had any luck? I am ticked, that I have a car that I just bought less than a year ago, and now I need to buy a engine! I don't have money for this,
!


Daniel P. said
925 days ago
Ok,We have a 2006 Kia Sorento. My car broke down and it was the same sprocket, bolt, and balancer that broke. Also had to replace timing gear. Fortunately was only $667 but last years repairs were over $2,300. We always noticed a burning smell after running the car but no one could find a problem. Smell is now gone.


LONNIE A. said
924 days ago
2006 Kia Sorento 70,000 miles just happened to me luckily wife was in driveway as she is recovering from cancer and very weak. This was the first time she was going to drive by herself in months.


Jose Aramis F. said
924 days ago
Same deal super tiny pin on sprocket wears off and then the boot holding the balancer breaks off.
Big job costing big money
What a shame


Amy B. said
922 days ago
I am having the same issue with my 2006 KIA Sorrento. This is now the third time this has happened and I'm glad my family wasn't hurt in the process. We drove 80 miles without knowing that there were two belts off and one one left on.


martin k. said
917 days ago
I own a 2003 Kia Sorento that fits the profile and I just had it happen again this is the second time its happened to me out of 30,000 miles in the guy in the mechanic I bought it from acquired the vehicle because it had happened to the guy the previous owner before me that's why he sold it to a mechanic because it toasted is engine paid for this problem to be repaired twice now and it just happened again and I'm on a fixed income because I have HIV AIDS and I can't work I'm sick and right now I don't know what I'm going to do try and I have no family I live in San Diego try to get some help from a friend to have it towed to a private property would like to speak with a lawyer about this because it's not right


martin k. said
917 days ago
I own a 2003 Kia Sorento that fits the profile and I just had it happen again this is the second time its happened to me out of 30,000 miles in the guy in the mechanic I bought it from acquired the vehicle because it had happened to the guy the previous owner before me that's why he sold it to a mechanic because it toasted is engine paid for this problem to be repaired twice now and it just happened again and I'm on a fixed income because I have HIV AIDS and I can't work I'm sick and right now I don't know what I'm going to do try and I have no family I live in San Diego try to get some help from a friend to have it towed to a private property would like to speak with a lawyer about this because it's not right


Annemarie G. said
908 days ago

Is Kia The New General Motors?

I realize since General Motors had earned top stop in the headlines for it's imcompetence and neglect for it's long delayed recall of defective
ignition switches, but I assure you KIA MOTORS is in line for the crown for its imcompetence and out right willfull ignoring of Crankshaft bolt sensor issues. I have gone back to 2010 regarding these issues, all information readily available on NHTSA website.

I am a single mom of 3 boys, on Christmas Eve 2013, I had an opportunity to complete my christmas shopping. Upon leaving the mall parking lot my car died unexpectedly. From there it took me over 3 hours to drive 8.4 miles due to my car's unexplicable issues of completely shutting down. The last time it shut off on me, I was almost killed, as the car completely shut off at a 4 way intersection, leaving me no choice but to exit the vehicle, utilize the flashlight app on my phone to signify the oncoming drivers that I was actually there. I had the car repaired, approximately 1200.00 later, my car is now dead again. I lost steering and engine while driving my son to school. In researching, I have found that this has been a KNOWN problem with Kia Sorento, as far back as 2010 and possibly earlier.

I called KIA regarding the situation, I was told there was a SAFETY CAMPAIGN on my vehicle after giving them my VIN#. Please be advised that a SAFETY CAMPAIGN, which in it of itself implies KIA is doing a service to it's consumer, is actually there flowery phrase for RECALL.

After doing a tap dance reminiscent of Gene Kelley and Fred Astaire, I was told that KIA was not aware of this particular issue, although the Representative informed me that the NHTSA receives its information from KIA???Whose on First.

I am imploring you to investigate before any known deaths occur. Consumers of KIA and the public at large are in danger of a fatality. So while I sit here now here I sit without a vehicle and 3 young sons ages 14,12 and 11, and no transportation for them, KIA sits back and conducts its SAFETY Campaign that they claim they are "unaware of".

Sincerely
Annemarie Grossi




Kristie S. said
903 days ago
2005 kia sorrento same issues as all the above! Out 2500 this is ridiculous! I want reimbursement as I do not have 2700 to give away! Please help!


messie b. said
900 days ago
crnk bolt plese cvall


Richard S. said
900 days ago
i have a 2003 sorento and i now have to have crankshaft replace due to bolt shearing off


Richard S. said
900 days ago
i have a 2003 sorento and i now have to have crankshaft replace due to bolt shearing off


Mary R. said
898 days ago
same thing is happening to 1,000s of consumers who own 2002-2009 first generation Kia Sorrento. happened to us 2 sat ago Kia claims warrantee are up but this problem is a recall problem because of a engineering defect. see Gov. web site www.odi.nhtsa.gov. see other Kia complaints and file a free complaint at this Gov. site. Also Kia Motors USA Director of Regional Operations Phone: 949-468-4800 email gsilvestri@kiausa.com Also contact your states State Attorney General, BBB, Federal Trade Commition and file a complaint, also see consumer affairs they take complaints too. Don't give up this is wrong. If you search the web and look for creditable sites, you would be shocked. File the complaints, the more complaints filed the better chance that someone that can help us will listen. you can also get ahold of your districts congressmen. I have done all the above and I email Mr. Silvestri with all questions updates ect.


said
896 days ago
I'm so glad to find this on the internet! My wife with our daiughter is driving today our 2003 Kia Sorento which we bought from a. Kia dealer in Southern California and she experienced what has been described here. I brought it to a Firestone Autocare facility and they informed me about the problem: a broken crankshaft pulley bolt. As it is a Sunday, I'm planning to call Kia headquarters and hopefully talk to tem about it. Anybody has goetten in touch with them? How did it go, if yes?


nicholas b. said
891 days ago
This just happened to my mom and her 2005 kia sorento last week.she was driving and lost steering and the battery light and the brake light came on.i took it to my mechanic who opened the hood and noticed the crankshaft pulley just hanging out not attached to anything and that the bolt broke right off inside the crankshaft.i had it towed to the dealer where she had bought it from after I realized that she had purchased the extended warranty on the vehicle and it was about to run out in a couple weeks.great news we thought.then she gets a phone call today saying that the crankshaft, the crankshaft pulley and all parts associated with this issue were covered..except for the bolt.how can you cover all parts except the main part that makes them work.without the bolt there is no pulley which means nothing works.it just drives me crazy on how people/companies can get away with stuff like this. My mother still owes on the vehicle and there is nothing we can do about it, except for pay the 1400$ they want to fix it and even at that the dealer is telling me there is a 80% chance it will be successful. We all need some kind of help here and kia/dealerships/extended warranty companies need to start honoring things and start taking a little blame for things..sorry for the length of the post


Kristie S. said
888 days ago
My 2005 Kia Sorento has experienced the same issue. I have 130,000 miles. I left my home and the belts began squeaking. I drove for approximately 1/2 mile and felt that something just wasn't right. So I turned around and went back home. I looked and saw that the belt was slipping from one of the pulley's. My father happened to be visiting so I had him take a look and he noticed that the bolt was hanging. He reached in and found that the bolt was broken. As this has just happened, I have not brought it to a mechanic.


Tammye T. said
885 days ago
I have a 2004 Kia Sorento and just experienced the "pin" that holds my crankshaft pulley in place broke off this morning...its is currently in the shop to be repaired at an estimated cost of $1,225.00 before taxes and before they take my engine apart. Reading all these comments and watching this videohttp://youtu.be/qHLl55FV2z0 has me seriously concerned that I will be putting myself and not to mention how many others, including bicyclist and pedestrians lives at risk here in Seattle. I lost my power steering last night pulling into my drive way and couldn't understand why, so I backed out and drove down the street and turned around and came back home and the power steering seemed to work this time to turn into my driveway. I had to have my power steering fixed at the beginning of this year and just recently out of knowledge of auto maintenance had the timing belt and water pump replaced just after February this year, can't tell exactly what date because all my receipts are in the glove box in the SHOP >.<


Adrienne A. said
884 days ago
I literally just replaced my motor in my 2005 Kia Sorento because the crankshaft bolt had broken off INSIDE the motor and the mechanics were unable to even take it out. I'm out over $4900.00! How can I get more information about the class action lawsuit?


Trena K. said
881 days ago
I have a 2003 Kia Sorento. I had to have the crankshaft replaced about a year ago. I was driving with young children and lost all power, steering function and brake ability. I am now having similar issues of it acting up and have brought it to a mechanic once again. I am experiencing it stalling and losing power while driving and think this is the same issue again! I was told to check this site from a family member that came across it while I am describing what is going on with my Kia again. I would like more info on this lawsuit as well.


Linda W. said
879 days ago
2006 Kia Sorento driving to work i lost all power the engine shut off. i had no power steering and no brakes a bolt broke off and the timing gear and another gear were found laying in the bottom of the motor. He doesn't have he tool to get the bolt that broke off out so it will be towed to a Kia dealership don't know at this point if it can even be fixed yet I would also like more info on lawsuit. this is a dangerous problem with these vehicles


corey c. said
878 days ago
I have another 2004 kia here 3.5 second engine and head gaskets blew out because of this and ruined a lot of parts. Its still torn apart since kia doesnt want to help.


caridad c. said
877 days ago
same problem my harmoney belt screw, broke off, fixed second time....mechanic said get new car..not fixable...dealer BEV SMITH KIA, never acknowled problem..i need lawyer, car been lemon, also had ....fuel system problems...i have not died in interstate highwasy due to gods mercy, ...kia just dies on you on highway.


Heidi R. said
876 days ago
Second time this has happened to me in 3 years!!! Crank pully bolt sheared off both times. This time it was on the highway - I lost power steering going over 65 mph and my gas petal right after... this is a serious danger to lives!! I will never get a Kia again!!


caridad c. said
873 days ago
I HAD THE SAME CRANK PULLY BOLT SHEARED OFF BOTH TIMES, SCREW LEFT INSIDE ENGINE, THANKS GOD GOOD FAITH MECHANIC WAS ABLE TO FIX IT....KIA DEALERSHIP, BEV SMITH KIA, PLUS KIA CORPORATION, PUT BLAME ON ME....NEVER ACKNOWLEDGE, DEFECT ON KIA 2003...SOMEONE HAS TO STOP KIA...THEY ARE FOREIGN THEIVES, PRYING ON INNOCENT AMERICANS...THE FEDS HAVE TO DO SOMETHING....MY KIA HAS LOST POWER IN THE MIDDLE OF TURNPIKES, INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS, IT IS A MIRACLE I HAVE NOT GOTTEN IN SERIOUS CAR WRECK.....KIA DEALER IS WHERE I ALWAYS TOOK MY CAR FOR REPAIRS....THEY MUST HAVE KNOWN CARE DEFECT, NEVER TOLD ME ABOUT IT,...NOW THEY TELL ME, WARRANTY IS OUT, CAR IS TOO OLD, WHAT DO YOU WANT LADY....KIA MOTORS USA, I CONTACTED SEVERAL TIMES, NEVER ANSWERED.


Collette P. said
873 days ago
I have a 2005 KIA Sorento that acted the same way as it broke down as many of these complaints, shaking and noise. I had the car towed to a mechanic. He says he doesn't know what is wrong with it exactly but it needs a new engine. I called KIA of Palm Springs, California and asked their service department if they could look at it and do a diagnostic. The KIA service department said my mechanic is a good mechanic that if that's what he said he's probably right.
Something isn't right here and I don't know how to proceed. My Sorento has just under103,000 miles and I've kept up the maintenance since it was brand new. Now I've been looking online for a solution. I don't have the money to have this fixed or get another vehicle. Can you help me or tell me how to proceed?
Thank you,
Collette Parliament


Flory F. said
873 days ago
I have a 2005 Kia Sorrento LX. The crankshaft bolt just broke on mine Sunday. Thankful I heard a noise that didnt sound right and went right back home or im sure it would not have been good. I contacted the dealership to see if there were any recalls that I was not aware of and they told me no. So after reading all these comments on the same issue all over I am not very happy about owning this car. I bought this vehicle privately so I have no warranties. I bought it in 2010 and researched it to the max and could not find out any bad issues about it so I thought I was making a good choice. Now Im not so sure. I will have to pay out of my pocket to fix this problem some how. I am not in a situation where I can get another car so if it can be fixed I guess thats my only option right now. I would like to find out more about this class action lawsuit. I would like tio definately want to be included on it. This is gonna cost me more than I can afford but I have to have a way to get to work. If anyone knows anything about the lawsuit please contact me. I think Im going to call the Attny General bout this and see if they can help me.

thank you, Flory Frick
Inwood WV


Jessica B. said
872 days ago
I bought my 04 kia 6/19/2014.... From then to now I have had to replace the bolt to the crankshaft pulley twice. I have already dropped 1000+ dollars on repairs. I want Kia to fix this! If it were two or three vehicles ok don't fix it but there are enough for a lawsuit! I love my car i don't want a new one I just want this one fixed! If anyone knows anything about the lawsuit please contact me I want my car fixed correctly I can't afford to nickel and dime a car that just bought!


Sherry B. said
871 days ago
I have a 2003 Kia Sorento crankshaft broke off while I was driving thank god I was able to pull over.


Blake E. said
870 days ago
We have a 2004 KIA Sorento EX with less than 50,000 miles and the pulley crankshaft bolt also sheared off inside the crankshaft. Our KIA dealer can't help us for less than $600 or a straight out engine replacement at a cost of $??


Brenda G. said
863 days ago
Harmonic Balance replaced three times, 12/22/13, 05/15/14, and 07/21/14 all under warranty and the dealor Harrys Auto refuses to work on it again. My creditor still wants my payments and I am self employed without the vehicle. I pay 289.00 a month for a big paper weight. Please help! I give up and dont want to get arrested for causing a scene at the place i bought it.


Brenda G. said
863 days ago
Harmonic Balance replaced three times, 12/22/13, 05/15/14, and 07/21/14 all under warranty and the dealor Harrys Auto refuses to work on it again. My creditor still wants my payments and I am self employed without the vehicle. I pay 289.00 a month for a big paper weight. Please help! I give up and dont want to get arrested for causing a scene at the place i bought it.


Roger M. said
862 days ago
My 04 Sorento just died on me. Driving to work. The brake light came on the battery light came on and the power steering went out. When towed to the repair station I found out the crack shaft pin had broken off inside. They told me to put in a new engine. I can't put hat kind money into it.


David S. said
860 days ago
My 2005 Kia Sorento recently sheared the crankshaft/harmonic balancer pin. I was backing out of the driveway when I noticed that I lost my steering and at that point I could hear a clunking noise under the hood. Fortunately, I caught the problem in the driveway - as opposed to having this problem take place at 65 mph on the highway. When I checked out the engine, it was apparent that the pin broke and the crankshaft bolt had started to loosen. Had this happened on the highway or on a twisty road, we could have been killed. I will contact a local dealership tomorrow, my guess is that this incident is going to cost me. No more Korean cars for my family - there should have been a recall!!!!!!!!! I find it strange that we never heard about this problem in the news.


Pamela H. said
859 days ago
My daughter just had the same thing happened to her. She bought the car used, we have since day one complained that the power steering sometimes feels real hard to steer and then it seems to give way.. she is 7 1/2 months pregnant and was at a store, went to get into her car and turn it on, battery light came on and she had no steering. Thank God she wasn't driving that she was parked and was just getting ready to go. Now she still owes on the car, no way I want her driving it again, as it can happen again. Never again!!


Lisa S. said
858 days ago
After reading all these reviews about Kia Sedona's issues, I thought I need to share my horrible experience's. I bought my 2002 Sedona lx from Greenville Chrysler dealership in Texas. Had 124,000 miles on it. There were some noticeable repair damage on the vehicle, but thought it wouldn't be much to get fix. Boy, was I wrong! Not only did the repairs cost a lot to do, 3 days later the vehicle started having some major issues. Fist, the sensors went out, forgot which one's, $350. Next, power steering had to be replaced along with other issues, $1100. Next, Brakes went out, replaced them with rotors and all the bells and whistles, $1,050. Had to replace flow mass sensor, $590. All repairs done at the KIA dealership. Next, A/C compressor went out, also has a leak. still working on the repairs for this one. The vehicle stills needs a hell of a lot more repairs, such as, Evap system, timing belts, fuel pump replace, etc. I didn't know this was a total piece of junk that I bought. I paid 1,700 cash for it and the dealer didn't give me any warranty nor did they tell me about all the repairs it need. I'm on a limited income and cannot afford a new car. Never ever will I buy a car from either of these dealerships AGAIN! I've spent all I can spend to get this vehicle operating and its still costing me. It runs but the engine light stays on and other issues are starting to show. Please help somebody!


Sedrick L. said
857 days ago
Just bought a 2007 Kia Sorento a month and a half ago used and I am getting a camshaft position sensor code on my vehicle. I have read all about the issues with the camshaft bolt so I called to ask my two local dealerships about the replacing it with the revised camshaft bolt. Both dealerships in my area are pretending that they have no idea that there is an issue with the camshaft. So hopefully I will be able to get something done before I have real issues.


LISA K. said
851 days ago
I have a 2006 Kia Sorento and our crankshaft/harmonic balancer broke the powersteering went out in the car while driving on the highway. It is going to be over $2000.00 to fix plus we have to get it towed.


Betsy L. said
845 days ago
My 2006 KIA Sorento had the bolt shear off and stall out at 75mph on the freeway last Friday. The vehicle has just over 85K miles.


Sara P. said
845 days ago
Our 2005 Kia Sorento's crankshaft bolt sheared off on me, also! I was by myself, and nearly wrecked when the car lost all power at an intersection in front of Walmart! Luckily no one crashed into me while I was stuck there with a car that wouldn't go! Kia and the government(for not making Kia take responsibility) are going to get someone killed! Both should be sued! I guess Kia isn't as big a name as General Motors, or they would be made to take responsibility, too! Everyone who has had to pay extreme amounts to get this fixed, should be reimbursed!


Courtney B. said
843 days ago
I have a 2006 KIA Sorrento V6 and sunday this same thing happened to meI bought this with my own money all my savings .... in February. This is the first time I have learned about this issue ... My brake light and Battery light both came on. I have no clue why this happened. I was with my 2 kids and went I came home I lost complete steering .. I opened the hood and seen that the belt was shredded and i called my dad upset and crying bc i had no clue why this happened. It was towed in and the service man told me that the bolt broke in the crank shaft... my belts were shredded ... it busted the radiator and another part the harmonic balancer now needs replaced .. my bill is over $2,000 im a single mom 2 kids limited budget .. no car and cant afford to fix .. I also would like to be part of getting something done ... this is horrible .. why is KIA still in Business ... if this is happening something needs to be done !!! for example Chevy .. finally something was done many were getting killed bc of 1 little part was bad .... something needs to be done >>>> these should be on recall and we should be reimbursed for purchase and repairs .... i could have a new car by the time this is done .... :( .. NOTE ::as I was exiting the exit I LOST COMPLETE STEERING WITH MY 2 GIRLS ... I AM VERY LUCKY AT A BIG INTERSECTION THAT WE DIDNT GET HIT OR KILLED


L W S. said
840 days ago
I am having the crankshaft bolt issue for the second time. First time happened shortly after the Kia dealer replaced the timing belt at 96K miles. Ever since this dealer work was done the car has been junk, as it can't keep any torque on the "new and improved" crankshaft bolt. Now it is all stripped out and I have a piece of junk for a car with only 136,000 miles on it. How does one go about joining in this Class Action Lawsuit? I don't see any information on how a wronged Kia owner joins and provides details about their terrible experience? What is the current status of the lawsuit?


Gene C. said
837 days ago
I have a 2004 Kia Sorento which broke down on my wife and children while going out of town to Dallas in 2007 (62403 mi). I had it fixed and Kia reimbursed for mechanic only and not hotel or other needs due to breakdown. Due to recall Capital Kia of Austin replaced problem on 07/30/08 (70696 mi). Maintenance was performed by Advanced Goodyear (102681 mi) and new bolt was replaced per Kia recommendation. On 08/15/14 (105357 mi) bolt busted again leaving my family stranded in Northern AZ on vacation. Kia would not assume any responsibility due to worked performed by Advanced Goodyear, a highly respected nationwide brand, so I paid out of pocket for Liberty Kia of Prescott Valley to fix to ensure if I had any other problems it would be covered. On 08/13/2014 the bolt sheared again while on the freeway coming home from work. It has 119850 mi on engine. I towed it to Horne Kia in Mesa, AZ and they stated that the bolt sheared off inside crank case and it can not be removed and a new motor is required. Horne Kia would not accept any responsibility due to being repaired at a DIFFERENT Kia dealership. They said the warranty on the bolt is 1 year 12,000 mi. My car had 14k miles, so I asked how do you put a time warranty on a recall item that keeps happening nationwide. They had no response. Now my car is parked in my garage and un-drivable. Re-man engine is $3,700.00 which puts the same engine back in with the same recall part. The worst part is that I put about $5000.00 into overall repairs in 2011 @ 96,482 miles so that my son could have a vehicle when he can drive next year and now that probably is not going to happen. I own a 2012 Kia Sorento and our partnership purchased a Kia Optima 2 years ago... I can't believe I am being treated this way. Still waiting on contact from District and Regional Manager. I will join the lawsuit.


Cheryl B. said
830 days ago
Hi yes my name is Cheryl I live in Tucson As. My 2003 kia Sorrento Stopped steering car still running,in the busy part of day my dash lights parking brake light and Battery light check engine light and airbag light went on almost wrecked could not turn looked under hood and seen crank bolt angled and sticking out,pulley pulled forward


Cheryl B. said
830 days ago
2003 Kia Sorrento power steering locked up,dash lights eliminated,parking brake light,battery light,check engine light and airbag seat belt Light went on lost steering function.looked under the hood belt almost off pulley slightly bent forward and a big bolt kinda just there bent as well.Mechanic has yet to look at and let me know total amount of repairs to be made ?????


Cheryl B. said
830 days ago
2003 Kia Sorrento power steering locked up,dash lights eliminated,parking brake light,battery light,check engine light and airbag seat belt Light went on lost steering function.looked under the hood belt almost off pulley slightly bent forward and a big bolt kinda just there bent as well.Mechanic has yet to look at and let me know total amount of repairs to be made ?????


Adolph V. said
819 days ago
for the third time my car has been at the dealer harmonic balancer bolt coming loose and they are saying the crank shaft could be bad.I have a 2004 Sorento w/177,000mi this should not cost me a penny!!!!


sandy r. said
818 days ago
Last Sunday my wife and I had to pull our Kia Sorento off the road because the power steering went out, there was also a loud noise coming from the engine.. When I tried to start it up again it would not start. Three hours later my car was towed to the nearest garage (I was 4 hours away from my home). I had to rent a vehicle to get home and wait for the service manager to give me an estimate of the cost. He called six days later with an estimate cost of $1550 explaining that the damage was caused by a broken am shaft bold to the pulley. It also caused damage to the radiator.. My car rental and towing charge will be around $400 plus I was camping that weekend and had to store my camper aswell. What a mess. Worst of all I could of lost control of the vehicle when the steering went out. I know if my wife was driving she might not have had enough strength to manhandle the steering. I have already contacted an attorney who is involved in a class action law suit against Kia Motors because of this same defect.


bob z. said
817 days ago
crankshaft bolt sheared off same problem. kia dealer wants to replace engine.
88500 miles 2006 sorento. its in private shop now trying to extact sheared bolt.
100000 powertrain warranty doesnt cover sheared bolt what a bunch of shit!!!


bob z. said
817 days ago


Jacqueline S. said
814 days ago
I have a 2004 Kia Sorento and mine had the same problem.I was in town going to the funeral home my brother-in -law had past away .My husband just thought the bolt had come loose,but it was broke.It had to have the harmonical balancer,the new bolt ,it mess up the oil pump. But ever since this happened it seems to always have something going wrong with it.I just wish it would not do this cause I don't trust it to just drive anywhere.We never had any major problems until this happened.I think Kia should have to pay everyone back that has had this problem.


Mindy A. said
810 days ago
2006 kia sorento with 118k, the crankshaft bolt broke off in the crank. Lost power, steering, and the car died just like the others said. But i was able to still drive it to the tow bed. The bolt broke off flush to the crank and is at a shop getting repaired. If tthey cant get the bolt out its going to cost me a new engine or crankshaft engine rebuild. I was told the recall for this has expired. I am wondering what this class action lawsuit stuff is, and how do I get in on it? Apparently this happened to ALOT of people.


Faith S. said
810 days ago
2006 - Kia Sorento - My harmonic balancer bolt broke while on the freeway today! It was very scary - all brake and battery lights came on, AC went out (in 100 degree AZ weather) and I lost power steering! The mechanic has it now; I just hope there are not other issues caused by this, but losing steering while driving is unacceptable! I hope someone doesn't have to have a fatal accident before KIA does something about this!


Tracy M. said
803 days ago
2003- Kia Sorento- The crank shaft pulley bolt broke while driving causing me to lose steering. This is the third time this has happened and the vehicle only has 76k miles on it.


Claudia T. said
801 days ago
Wow! So scary! I guess I am fortunate that I got 170,000 miles out of my 2005 Kia Sorento. I had car worked on in May 2014. It was recommended that I replace my plugs and wires. Since it is labor intensive to work on this engine I requested to replace timing belt and water pump. $1600 dollars later I pick up vehicle thinking I should at least get another 100,000 miles our of it. NOT! Little over 3 months later the crankshaft bolt sheers off and pulley falls off and is laying down on the pan of the engine. First thought was that the shop was at fault. I was angry and wanted them to repair my car with minimal charge. Well guess what? We find out about this engine defect. Can't really put the shop at fault. They did replace the crankshaft bolt with the "newly designed" bolt from Kia. So now I will be into this for another $600 bucks! I am in no position to buy a car financially, but now after further investigating on this defect on the design of the pulley and crankshaft bolt I am nervous to drive my Kia Sorento. I was lucky that I wasn't on the freeway when the bolt sheered off. Mechanic did say that Kia has a newly designed crankshaft system for these motors. But I can't put anymore money into this mess. This is a terrible situation and Kia needs to rectify this issue with their customers. Are there recorded deaths from this issue? I sure don't feel safe with mine.


Kevin M. said
800 days ago
2004 Kia Sorento. $1600.00 Repair last year for broken crankshaft bolt. It only lasted maybe 20,000 miles before it broke again. Where do I sign up for this class action suit?


Lindsay M. said
799 days ago
2005 Kia Sorento. Exact same thing happened to me Monday. Brake and battery lights came on and power steering went out completely.


Mindy A. said
797 days ago
Same thing!!!!! Im scared to drive it now that its fixed!!! And i feel guilty selling it. This is so unfair.


David C. said
794 days ago
2003 Kia sorento crank bolt broke for the second time in two years


David C. said
794 days ago
2003 Kia sorento crank bolt broke for the second time in two years


Tom W. said
792 days ago
Same issue here. Bolt broke and had to be towed in. $1200 in repairs. I can't take this car anymore


john D. said
792 days ago
Same issue


john D. said
792 days ago
Same issue


Esteban B. said
788 days ago
Same shit! Helping my (72 years old) dad to pay $1800 to repair this junky unsafe piece of junk (2005 Kia Sorento) where is the consumer protection?? Shame on Kia! Crankshaft bolt broken...


jackee a. said
786 days ago
I also have a Kia Sorrento 2005. Mine has been in the shop for 2 months. The crank shaft bolt broke and it broke a lot of my belts. It is all back together and now it still has no power. It has been a costly repair. I am just about to give up. I am so glad I saw this because I thought well mine is the only one having these problems sand now I see I am not the only one. This shit is ridiculous.


said
786 days ago
The same thing happen to my wife coming home from a sports outing. Engine lights come on and now power steering. Lucky my son was with her and kept her save and knew what to look for with a little coaching on the phone with him under the hood. I had him take pic. of the belts that were off and of the battier terminals. When I look at the pic he sent me and seen the water pump belt which is your first belt towards the front of the vehicle was still in tack I was thinking we could nurse the car home but she was still and hour from home. Went to Wal-Mart got a new battery because the one in it was 4 years old and needed changed anyway. Grab the tools I would need and off I went. Found them in a good lighted area were I could see to work on the car with a good light and still be safe with the on coming traffic. A new full charged battery will get you about 1 of run time so if your are farther out than that call a tow truck. I cut the two belts loose (alternator - power steering & a/c) from pulleys tighten the balancer bolt (22mm) which would not tighten back up but was not broken of in crankshaft. Put the battery in started the car and I followed them home to driveway. Hope this might save someone a tow bill. I work in a shop so I called my boss and he said bring it out with you in the morning and maybe we could look at it in the afternoon. What we discovered was not good and with some research and a few calls to Kia corp. headquarters ( which they have never heard of this problem ) we were still scratching our heads. The car was out of the extended warrinty by 6000 miles. So you no the answer I got. So we did just that. We ordered A new bolt new balancer and gear and tore the whole front of the engine off to get to everything. The key to this problem is two things. One is the crank tap itself is to sloppy and the tor. spec. on tithing the Bal. bolt are to light. That's way the problem rears its head after the vehicle has been serviced with replacement of water pump or cam belt or sensors. What we did was re tap the cam, put red Loctite 0n treads use the impact wench carefully in short bursts until snug. then you might as well change cam sensor, belts and water pump. Put the front of motor back on filled the trans. back up to the full mark and started it up. It took us two nights after work to do this so you don't what to try this if you don't have a clue on what is going on because you can throw the motor at of time real easy and have no power. Kia has made lots of money on this repair over the years and looks like it not going to change soon.


Jessica B. said
781 days ago
Same issue! This is the 3rd time it my crank shaft pulley bolt broke and Kia tells me that my VIN number isn't part of the bolt recall yet I have mechanics writing on my receipts the exact issue I bought the car because the kia I had back in 09 was awesome. I am a mother of two boys and the idea of putting them in a car that someone WONT fix isn't right. I bought that car in May of this year it hasn't even been a year and already all these issues and kia says sorry can't help you!


Rafael S. said
779 days ago
On 10/10/14 the exact issue happened to my 2004 Sorento.
Why don't we all stand with signs in front of all the Kia dealerships for a few hours on one agreed Saturday. This is totally legal as long as it is done according to local ordinances and it is our right. The sign should warn potential customers of the Kia irresponsibility. Perhaps Kia will pay attention when the customers walk away.
Here is my email if you want to join me: sonerar@bellsouth.net


Jacqueline H. said
766 days ago
I also have a 2005 KIA Sorento...recently took it to the shop and they think it is the crank sensor..so we are going to have it replaced... the car starts runs for a while then just loses power and stales, very dangerous.. I would like to be involved in this suit.


Jacqueline H. said
766 days ago
I also have a 2005 KIA Sorento...recently took it to the shop and they think it is the crank sensor..so we are going to have it replaced... the car starts runs for a while then just loses power and stales, very dangerous.. I would like to be involved in this suit.


RHONDA M. said
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Trena K. said
744 days ago
I have the same issues listed above. I have a 2003 Sorento with 100,00 miles on it that I bought just over 2 years ago. The bolt sheared off for the 3rd time last Friday 11/14/14 while driving. Two belts broke, lost steering and damn near could've been killed.......again!! This has been a very big problem and I am fearful for my family's safety. Dealership says they may be able to fix this again and have worked on several Kia's with the same problem. My mechanic is NOT willing to touch it again. Sounds like there is a real pattern here. What do we do????


Tim H. said
734 days ago
I had the same problem with our 2004 Sorento. It happened 4 weeks ago, and it will be out of the shop this week after $1,200 spent for repairs.


Daniel j. said
721 days ago
I have a 2004 kia sorento. the crankshaft bolt snapped off in side the crank halfway in the treads. it is at a shop now after I was told by kia that there was no recall for this year even though it's 2004 but was built in the 2003. I am waiting to find out if it's likable or motors bad. I'd like to get in on the lawsuit due to this is a Dadangerous malfunction defect kia has know of.


Daniel j. said
721 days ago
I have a 2004 kia sorento. the crankshaft bolt snapped off in side the crank halfway in the treads. it is at a shop now after I was told by kia that there was no recall for this year even though it's 2004 but was built in the 2003. I am waiting to find out if it's likable or motors bad. I'd like to get in on the lawsuit due to this is a Dadangerous malfunction defect kia has know of.


Joseph L. said
720 days ago
I have a2004 sadona same thing bolt broke pully came off lost everything .But on mine the timing gear slid out a little wiped out the crank sensor jumped time,and bent every valve.Since then I changed the engine.Only 71,000 miles on vehicle.
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kassell g. said
719 days ago


shanna o. said
716 days ago
Have to replace camshaft sensor twice in 2 years. Had to have towed and shut down on busy roads .


Bryant W. said
713 days ago
I had to get my engine replaced a few years ago. I remember hearing a something drop in the engine then the engine messed up.


Mark R. said
708 days ago
I have a 2005 Kia Sorento that had a sheared crankshaft bolt 2 years ago as I started it up. The belts and pulley came off, so the repairs we're made and now I am having a huge power loss, with an engine light code that says it is the crankshaft position sensor? not sure if the problem is the same as I have no power while driving and it is not drivable at this speed. How can I get on your law suit?


Lanease S. said
707 days ago
Yes, I'm having the same exact problem, and kia wants nothing to do with it. Please help me, we need a lawsuit.


Lanease S. said
707 days ago
Yes, I'm having the same exact problem, and kia wants nothing to do with it. Please help me, we need a lawsuit.


Tammy R. said
703 days ago
PLEASE help...I'm a single mother and can't afford to pay for this cost, I have a 2005 KIA SORENTO which at this time is parked and unable to drive do to the bolt breaking off and needing the crank pulley/ harmonic balancer replaced...possibly along with the crank shaft or even engine.


David K. said
688 days ago
Having the same problem 2003 kia Sorento 3.5 with 96000 miles. I thought i was buying a good vehicle something that would be reliable especially under kias 100000 miles warranty. But they will not cover it. Lawsuit.


nicole f. said
688 days ago
the same thing just happened to my 2006 Kia Sorento, only the heat welded the bolt n so when trying to replace the part the bolt snapped off, tried to drill into it so an easy-out could be used, when we finally were able to get thru the bolt and get the easy-out on we couldn't budge it at all. I was purchasing it from Express Credit Auto, I've only paid off 1yr so they wont work with me as far as a trade in or anything really I still owe $7500 just put $600 for new tires and an alignment to find out the Express's warranty dept. (they were the last ones to replace/mess with the hubs) stripped out the bolts(2)so within 1yr of purchasing my 2006 Kia Sorento 4*4 $1200 for the hub, $700 tires bolts and alignment, now a new crank shaft! Guess who the one on the loosing end is, me. I'm not putting any more money into this thing especially since this will happen again, and my mechanic and I kind of think that it has already been replaced once. Timing belt and few other little things that suggest that. I have lost my job so I don't even have any income to be able to afford to have it fixed and that was doing the work myself, not only that but to be able to keep making the payment on it also, would be impossible at this point. So not only is my vehicle broke down, but to where now im gonna have to give the car back, so I loose my vehicle, have no money for even a downpayment on another vehicle, my credit will be affected negatively and all that just gets me started. So Frustrated!!!


sam w. said
680 days ago
Same as all the rest. $2327.00 bill for the repair. That failure occurred 9000klm after the major service. The dealer workshop denies replacing the bolt. ie. Not their fault. Ftom reading all the above its obvious this was always going to happen and probably will re-occur soon. Thanks for all the posts.


Brian P. said
667 days ago
Same thing here. Complete motor failure motor won't turn broke up everything inside the block. Totaled estimated bill $4,500. Please let me know how i can get on this lawsuit.


Brian P. said
667 days ago
Same thing here. Would like to get on this.


randy c. said
666 days ago
engine failure cam shaft crack


s h. said
663 days ago
Same thing, called kia nothing they will do!! I want in on suit please


connie g. said
663 days ago
I have a 2014 KIA Optima - 3 months old and the same squeaking sounds come from the peddles and the steering wheel. How can I get on the case? anyone been able to return their vehicles?


tina b. said
660 days ago
I to have a 2003 kia sorento I have just now had the pleasure being stranded along side the road looking for someone who would have the harmonic balancer. to find no one had it , last resort I called the dealership they had one for 187.97 however after listening to how stranded I was the man said well if I could pay the 100.00 he would cover the 87.00 remainder I was so happy thinking that there is some good out there . then he tells me he will even come to where i was broke down .he gets there a tells me its all taken care of, im jumping for joy and even said god bless you,.so i Go into the house to look at my part to see how to fix , just to discover that i was not the only kia owner to have this chain problem ,by saying chain reaction i started out thinking my only problem was the harmonic balancer, but reality is the chain reaction of damages such as harmonic bolt or pin breaks ,causing timing pulley wabble it loose causing more problems , in the bigging i was thinking the problem was quit costley but would be fix ed , only to find out the problem would come back .as of now the problems following are another pulley the crank shaft gear.


Elizabeth C. said
646 days ago
I have a KIA Sorento 2003, same problem as Jacqueline's. Stops anyhow, they say it is a sensor problem. But they have not been able to do it!


Jeanne O. said
638 days ago
I have a 2005 kia sorrento and started have power stearing issues and then just last wed. march 4 2015. Still under limited warranty until the end of month which will be 10 year 100,000 mile 98000 miles on it. Dealership said it is not covered under warranty. Going to cost 1500.00 and have not car and no money to replace.


Jeanne O. said
638 days ago
Bolt snapped off in crank shaft


Dawn W. said
634 days ago
My 2006 Kia Sorrento just lost power steering, battery light on, break light on today! It has over 10,000 miles before the belt is due to be changed........ Not a happy camper!


Christine F. said
629 days ago
I have a 2005 KIA Sorento that has been in the shop numerous times for censors and other problems. Most recently while I was driving it, I lost my brakes, steering and narrowly avoided a major accident. It was undriveable and I had to have it towed, the first two shops wouldn't touch it due to the extensive damage, so I had to have it towed a third time to KIA who informed me that I had to replace the entire motor. It cost me $5,000 to have them install a used motor. The worst part is that KIA is not taking responsibility for this matter and someone is going to get seriously hurt, or worse.


Christine F. said
629 days ago
bolt snapped off in crank shaft


carrie v. said
629 days ago
I own a 2006 Kia Sorento.the harmonic balancing bolt broke off in my motor all of my belts broke. this is the second time this has happened in less than 6 months.I have owned this car for less than 2 years. the first time they told me it was going to be about $4000 to fix it since I owned the car less than a year and have had it serviced at the dealership that I bought it from they repaired it at a cost of $800 to me. This has now happened again while I was driving. I lost all steering braking control of the car. Tia needs to take responsibility for this. We as parents buy these cars because we feel they are safe for families. How safe is a car when this repeatedly keeps happening? I am at a loss .I am a single mom I have no money for a new car. my car sits at the dealership and I am without a vehicle Thank You Kia.


leonard and debbie c. said
627 days ago
I am having same things going on,have my car and can't even drive it.


michael e. said
624 days ago
Just broke the harmonic balancer bolt for the 2nd time in 5 weeks...to the tune of about a grand and several days without a car...no fun


Anthony F. said
621 days ago
I just bought a 2006 Kia Sorento LX. I have a problem in that the Front pulley and bolt came loose. Luckily I caught it before the pulley wobbled so hard that it snapped the bolt. I was able to tighten the bolt, but the sheer pin has been sheered, and now I am nervous that it will happen again, and perhaps I won't be so lucky.

I cannot believe there is no campaign to replace these defective components. I want to join the lawsuit.


Ken C. said
619 days ago
I had to replace a broken crank pulley bolt on my 2004 Sorento, Luckly it happened in my driveway as I was getting ready to leave the house. I can't believe Kia continues to turn a blind eye to this problem. I would like to join the suit.


james p. said
614 days ago
i have change the belt have nose all the time


Norma S. said
602 days ago
Same issue as everybody else. Please anyone who lives in the United State need to report the problem to the NHTSB(national highway safety board) and log a complaint. They are the governmental body that would issue a recall. They gave me the number to KIA to log a complaint and they said that I should have replaced the timing belt before the 100,000. miles. I did have the crankshaft bolt torqued at 97,000. But I guess that didn't count. I am discussed.


jerry h. said
591 days ago


Mark G. said
586 days ago
I just learned about this problem with the crankshaft pulley bolt from my mechanic. Kia should somehow be held accountable for the deliberate manufacturing of poor cars.


Eleanor B. said
577 days ago
I am having the exact same issues.


David M. said
576 days ago
Want to know if the Timing Belt will be good over 200# miles as I replace at 75K miles and looked Brand New, so at 160K miles I really can't afford to replace again. Am I doing wrong?
How many KIA owners know about the 04-06 Sorento's need Timing Belt replacement every 60K miles?
Thank you and please reply


Brenda N. said
567 days ago
I have an 04 Sorrento, crankshaft sensor wet stranding us on a dangerous dark road had to get towed in freezing December they also forced me to replace timing belt was told none covered by warranty car just shut off lost all power was lucky to even make it to the side of the road also had to pay for a rental.


Margaret S. said
566 days ago
bolt snapped off in crank shaft


Lewis B. said
565 days ago
harmonic balancer has come loose due to the bolt backing out of the crankshaft before or after the pin sheared. This is the second time this has happened to me, the first time i was still under warranty...I have a 2005 kia sorento and it has about 83,000 miles on it.


Katina P. said
563 days ago
I just bought $1000 in parts due to the crankshaft bolt breaking. My mechanic was able to get the bolt out. However, every bolt that he puts in continues to break. He went to Battleground Kia and was told to just put a new motor in the vehicle. I was never informed about a recall or the class action lawsuit that has been filed against Kia motors.


Bob T. said
557 days ago


Dennis H. said
556 days ago
I had the crankshaft pulley bolt break today. I haven't checked to see how much the cost will be, but I was going to try and replace the sprocket and bolt myself. After I change the bolt and sprocket I will have to check for more extensive damage.


Arnoe B. said
552 days ago
I just had this happen this weekend (05/31/2015) and will be towing it to a repair facility on Monday.


. said
552 days ago
MY 2003 KIA SORENTO WONT START


shawn b. said
548 days ago
6 days ago same crap .i called Kia .same run around . Basically it's my problem .bought it used with 91,000 .wow great deal right jokes on me . I need to sell this .


Kimberly N. said
539 days ago
My 2006 KIA Sorento had the harmonic balancer just fall off today while driving down the road because the bolt broke off. Now the bolt is still lodged in the crankshaft and we are unable to get it out. I am now without a vehicle and undergoing treatments and surgeries for breast cancer!!


Andy N. said
535 days ago
I have a 2004 Sorento. I am on second crank sensor in a year. Timing belt replaced a year ago. Cam sensor just replaced. My mechanic informed me the timing jumped. Now car won't run and he is currently checking for bent valves. Could any of this be attributed to pulley problems?
If so, I want in on this suit. Am tired of dumping cash into this foreign dog. Time for some payback.


said
534 days ago
A friend with a 2005 Sorento has driven from Florida to Edmont Alberta Canada. The car has approximately 60,000 miles on it, the balancer bolt has broken 2 times in the last 6 months, luckily there has been no major failures. Kia's reply to this was having the crankshaft replaces but this would not fix the problem. The design and the materials used in these vehicles pertaining to this problem are of sub standard quality.


said
534 days ago
I posted the above


Ralph F. said
529 days ago
Exactly the same problem as described


George M. said
523 days ago
I'm having the same issue right now!


Robert D. said
519 days ago
The crankshaft pulley bolt snapped twice on my 2005 kia Sorrento lx, I spent 2,500
in repairs. I couldn't afford any more repairs so I traded the car in 2014.
I have all the bills and old parts.


Robert D. said
519 days ago
The crankshaft pulley bolt snapped twice on my 2005 kia Sorrento lx, I spent 2,500
in repairs. I couldn't afford any more repairs so I traded the car in 2014.
I have all the bills and old parts.


Mark W. said
511 days ago
Twice this had happened to my wife and I while driving. I have taken time out of work twice to fix this problem. The vehicle has less than the 100,000 mile warranty (91,000 miles) we have almost gotten in two accidents from this happening, with our children in the truck. With NO help or WARNING from Kia !!


Mark W. said
511 days ago
Twice this had happened to my wife and I while driving. I have taken time out of work twice to fix this problem. The vehicle has less than the 100,000 mile warranty (91,000 miles) we have almost gotten in two accidents from this happening, with our children in the truck. With NO help or WARNING from Kia !!


Mark W. said
511 days ago
Twice this had happened to my wife and I while driving. I have taken time out of work twice to fix this problem. The vehicle has less than the 100,000 mile warranty (91,000 miles) we have almost gotten in two accidents from this happening, with our children in the truck. With NO help or WARNING from Kia !!


Mark W. said
511 days ago
Twice this had happened to my wife and I while driving. I have taken time out of work twice to fix this problem. The vehicle has less than the 100,000 mile warranty (91,000 miles) we have almost gotten in two accidents from this happening, with our children in the truck. With NO help or WARNING from Kia !!


Lew C. said
509 days ago
Replace crankshaft pulley at 70,000 miles


John n. said
507 days ago
I just got a 2004 Kia Sorento, and today I'm hearing sqeaking while the engine is at idle, and I look at the crank shaft pulley and it looks like it is shaking and i'm afraid this is whats going on with my Kia now I cant believe this, I'm going to try to tighen up the bolt first but I'm not sure if this will work I'm Worried and pissed.


Craig M. said
507 days ago
My crank shafts pull broke twice and now it has been sitting in my driveway because I can't afford to get it fixed a 3rd time!!! Was online looking for a used motor for it when I got lucky and saw this!


jeff g. said
506 days ago
49000 miles on my KIA and the front end shakes and the air conditioner compressor jusr went out should I be worried


jeff g. said
506 days ago
49000 miles on my KIA and the front end shakes and the air conditioner compressor jusr went out should I be worried


jeff g. said
506 days ago
49000 miles on my KIA and the front end shakes and the air conditioner compressor jusr went out should I be worried


jeff g. said
506 days ago
49000 miles on my KIA and the front end shakes and the air conditioner compressor jusr went out should I be worried


Christine F. said
505 days ago
SOMEONE PLEASE TELL EVERYONE HERE HOW TO JOIN THE LAWSUIT!! I HAVE SENT COUNTLESS EMAILS OVER THE PAST YEAR AND NO ONE HAS RESPONDED....


said
502 days ago
Christine I would love to join the lawsuit. Please tell me how!


jared s. said
502 days ago
Please help me!


jared s. said
502 days ago
Sorry my comment is rather unorganized. I didn't complete all of the fields. I have the same crankshaft bolt/harmonic balancer/crankshaft sprocket problem. Just bought my 2005 kia sorrento 6 months ago, put everything into it now have nothing and am up shit creek without a paddle. Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again for your time.

7/20/2015 — We added the complaint to the original post. You may contact the attorneys listed on the caption about participating in the lawsuit


Linda S. said
500 days ago
I have a 2006 Kia Sorento. Have had the same problem. I am now out a vehicle because it broke off into the engine and can't be repaired without replacing engine. Kia needs to be held accountable. This isn't the first time I have had a problem with a Kia but it will be the last. Never buying a Kia again. This company does not stand behind thier product and puts peoples lives in danger. I am lucky that when the power steering went an accident didn't occur. When will safety come first with this company over profit?


John M. said
498 days ago
I have a 2005 Kia Sorento with the same problem. My mechanic says my engine needs replaced. This is definitely an engineering design flaw with catastrophic consequences for the car owner. I'd like to be a part of this class action lawsuit,


Greg K. said
497 days ago
I have a 2004 kia sorento. A bolt broke off in the crankshaft, and have no means to fix the problem. It sits in my driveway now.


Deena H. said
497 days ago
My car is making noise when I turn on ac. It won't accelerate or idle properly


Teresa G. said
496 days ago
I hate not having a car.Praise the good lord for friends.


Mark V. said
493 days ago
My 2003 kia sorento crank shaft pulley bolt snapped 3 times.Have always had my regular service done when under warranty.When it snapped the third time the engine was destroyed.Had to put another engine in at a cost to me of over $5.000.00 dollars, which I can least afford.I'm happy to have found this site on the internet.Please help us all.


John M. said
493 days ago
2004 Kia sorrento crankshaft broke twice in the last 9 months . Had 3 little kids In the car one time almost crashed . J M.


Sabrina S. said
492 days ago
Same problems multiple break downs with my 2005 sorento. 1st time the bolt broke, now the new bolt won't hold. Looks like we have to replace the entire crankshaft. Just bought this late model, low mileage, "diamond in the rough" what a joke! All I want out of this problem that I was duped into taking on.


Carol H. said
485 days ago
I have a 2005 Kia Sorenta. I was three hours from home on vacation when the crank shaft bolt broke off and I lost power steering. I had to have it towed to a local repair shop. They said it would be an expensive fix ($1500-$3000 depending on the damage it caused). I had to rent a car to get home. That was two weeks ago and I still have no car. The repair shop says they still haven't gotten the bolt out. Even when/it it gets fixed, I not only have the repair costs, I also have to rent another car to drive three hours to pick it up. What a mess!!!!


Dorota C. said
483 days ago
No


Paula T. said
483 days ago
I have a 2005 Kia Sorento and my crank shaft bolt broke off also. My Kia was ticking/clanking loudly and making a squealing noise. We were able to drive it to an auto repair shop, but upon them test driving it, it lost all power and steering. Thank goodness it happened to them and not me driving 70 mph down the interstate. The auto repair shop we took it to said they had fixed one like this before and would never do it again. An auto mechanic friend of mine said he could try to fix it for me, but as the motor needs to be pulled to even get to the half of the bolt that is still in there to remove it, it would still be very expensive. Due to the problem being an expensive fix, costing more than my Kia was worth and who knows when it would happen again, I ended up buying a new car. Since the car wasn't running, the car dealer wouldn't even take the Kia as a trade in, as it was worthless to them in this condition and they didn't want to deal with this crank shaft bolt issue. Now I have a vehicle that doesn't run sitting in my driveway. What am I supposed to do with it now? Kia needs to step up and take responsibility for this before someone gets seriously injured or killed!


David S. said
481 days ago
Having the same problem with the bolts breaking and the Leith Kia Service Manager saying they have no reported problems, bring the car in to be fixed, we have an upgraded bolt now. Hmmmmm "no problems but we have an upgraded bolt" HELLO! I told him that the bolt broke, machine shop went to Leith Kia and purchased a new bolt and pulley. This bolt lasted just short of 2 weeks and BAM - it broke. Asked when the upgraded bolt came out and he stated about 4 years ago. Well, if this is the upgraded version all Kia owners are in really big trouble. The machine shop put a hardened steel bolt in and it lasted about 10 months and it broke leaving my wife stranded yet again. You want to really upset me, leave my wife stranded because of a know problem and then blow smoke up my rear by saying there's no problem but we have an upgraded bolt. I'm pissed and think Kia should have to fix the vehicles for free or buy them back and pay for all the scary, nerve racking and horrifying times that people have had waiting on side of the road waiting for a wrecker, paying for rental cars, time missed from work and so on...


Donald J. said
481 days ago
I own a 2004 Kia Sorento EX where the Crank Pully came off & I had to have it towed to a Kia dealership & fixed.


kevin w. said
471 days ago


bruce b. said
463 days ago
I have experienced this same nightmare.... I am currently having
my 2004 repaired for the third time, if it can be repaired again,
awaiting word from mechanic..VERY frustrated..........


Holly B. said
459 days ago


Michael H. said
458 days ago
My mechanic had to remove the last 1/4" of the crankshaft bolt which had broken off in the crankshaft of my daughter's 2005 Kia Sorento, and replace it with a new bolt. Who knows how long this new repair of the crankshaft bolt will last, but we will not find out as we are selling the Sorento ASAP!
I am just now finding out about the inherent problems with this bolt and have begun to research it. I am very disappointed to say the least with KIA's refusal to issue a recall on the bolt and repair all of the broken bolts free of charge. However, my research does answer the question as to why her Kia did not have the original engine in it when we purchased it, even though the Kia was 8 years old and only had 70k miles on it. The original engine was probably replaced due to a broken crankshaft bolt. So, our Sorento has required a repair of the crankshaft bolt at least twice...and perhaps more. I would like to list my name with all of the others who are pursuing a Class Action Suit. I think Kia needs to be held responsible and be taught a lesson in owning up to a mistake/error.


Donna F. said
448 days ago
Same problem. Kia definitely needs to be held accountable.


brandon w. said
444 days ago
I have a 2006 kia sorento. My crankshaft pulley pin is missing and now the bolt will not remain tight. According to other posts I have not yet endured similar catastrophic engine failure, however I am unable to use my vehicle for fear of same.


Jose Aramis F. said
440 days ago
2005 Kia Sorrento engine dead due to crankshaft


Jose Aramis F. said
440 days ago
2005 Kia Sorento dead due to faulty crankshaft


Ralph P. said
440 days ago
Same issue and I'm on my second motor which has just failed with the same problem. I'm retired on a fixed income and don't have the money to replace it again. Ralph P.


Jose Aramis F. said
440 days ago
Where do we go from here...
Anyone please advise


Devon B. said
435 days ago
I am dealing with this issue for my 2003 Kia Sorrento. A pin sheared off, lost power steering and then engine failure. My mechanic quoted me at $3,500 for bent valves. I had just paid off my car loan and am now in a really bad spot because of this.


Donna L. said
435 days ago
My bolt just broke driven down the street had know idea why keep hearing a funny noise like something was loss and the I couldnt turn my steering wheel I got out and look and all my belts was off and the pulley as well at 103, 654 miles


Hurt H. said
434 days ago
Our 2004 Kia had this problem. Timing belt broke while my wife was driving on the highway. Killed the water pump, needed new pulleys, now having a head gasket leak.


Jon M. said
432 days ago
Started last year. Has cost me more than I am paying for the vehicle.Sedona 2004. Had other issues with catalytic converter as well as other issues ever since I reached 98,000 miles. Brake system is another one as well . 2nd radiator replaced.


said
416 days ago
Engine died due to broken Crankshaft Pulley Bolt, lost belts and p/s. Almost got in an accident.


Kim P. said
397 days ago
Mine is in the shop for the third time for the same thing, 2005 KIA Sorento.


Patricia V. said
396 days ago
I have a 2006 Kia Sorento. Had timing belt & water pump replaced as maintainance in March 2015. A week later, belt fell off while I was on the road and power steering locked up, almost got into an accident. I absolutely though my mechanic had done something wrong and thankfully he towed car and "fixed" it to the best of his knowledge. This past Thursday, 10/29/2015, took my Sorento to a local Kia dealer for an unrelated problem (licking door mechanism went out for the 2nd time!) and Kia mechanic informed me pulley was about to fall of and directed me back to my mechanic. Didn't know about this class action suit and planning to bring it up to Kia today. Extremely dissapointed & angry.....


Julie Y. said
395 days ago
This happened to the 2005 Kia Sorrento on 10/29/15 that I was purchasing from my sister. She said the same thing happened to her on 7/30/13. The dealership said the engine was replaced in May 2010. Extended warranty doesn't cover the bolt.
Kia says no warranty as 47,000 miles were put on car since new engine was put in and it is only covered for 12 month/12,000 miles. My argument was the engine only has 47,000 miles on since replaced and new car comes with a much longer warranty. It is not the part of the car that has 100,000 miles+ on it that broke down, it is the engine that was replaced due to "the bad original bolt" with another bad bolt! Then it was repaired by third party dealership (other than Kia) so they do not want to cover it either... (Any reason they can find, they will just to deny your claim) I told her this is why I always have purchased Ford's in the past! Waiting to hear for their reason for final denial of the claim... if class action I'm in!


LISA H. said
390 days ago
Still making payments on my 2004 Sorento that I purchased from Dealer last year. Hit 100,000 miles and everything broke at once ! Crankshaft positon sensor, belts, camshaft seal, water pump, airbag sensor...left me stranded, just died out of the blue 200 miles from home. 500$ tow bill and now it's in the shop being repaired at the tune of $1400. Kia obviously knew of these problems! Yet, at their site, there are no recalls when I put my vin# in?! I did buy an extended warranty, but that expired one month exactly before it died on me and still have 3 years of payments to finance company!


Lisa Y. said
382 days ago
Need help! I can't put anymore money in this vehicle! The crank shaft pulley just broke off :( I purchased this car used about 8 months ago and have sank so much money into it! So disappointed right now!!!


Laura K. said
381 days ago


Laura K. said
381 days ago
I have a 2005 Kia Sorento Had too replace the timing belt and Pulley 1 month ago which cost me $1100.00 cause belt kept falling off while driving now its a month later and while driving with my daughter in the car I hear this bang noise and all of the sudden brake light came on and engine light came on and lost power steering and power bakes almost nearly got into an accident, had car towed to mechanic turns out the crankshaft sheared off causing the pulley to completely break off causing the loss of power steering & brakes on the car. Car is undriveable and to repair it is very costly approximately $7,000 was told that car is going to need a new engine. Now I have no car & nor do I have $7,000 to have engine replaced. After doing some research I soon later find out that Kia had known about the issue of the Faulty engines having this problem as well as other recalls and diligently did not send out any recall notices for this issue or notify there customers. Also after doing research I found out that Kia was also having issues with the shift gear as well which I also had to replace 1 yr ago and that cost me 500.00. Something needs to be done about this there needs to be some sought of action to be taken against Kia.


john m. said
377 days ago
Has there been any legal action taken against Kia in Canada, this has happened twice to me, first time they covered it but this time i had to. Would appreciate any help that anyone could give me, ijohnnyice3@gmail.com, thanks in advance.


Amanda B. said
374 days ago
While driving on 11/24/15 the battery light and brake light came on then I suddenly lost steering. We had the vehicle looked at by two different car repair shops and each has told me the whole engine will need to be replaced for about $5000.


said
371 days ago
Well i am not surprised of the similar problems with this harmonic pulley bolt. I have replaced the bolt three times. The last repair only lasted about a month. That was the last straw for me. I must pay one more time to drag it to a dealer trade and move on. If i knew i could recoup some of the cost for these bolt issues i am on board for class action suit.


george d. said
369 days ago
My 2006 sorento pulley bolt backed out 2x. then the crank position sensor failed. then it failed again. pulley still wobbles very noticeably after kia replaced it a third time. now they are telling me the wobble is normal for 90k miles. at one point they offered to replace the short block but said i had to pay for the labor. when i told them i couldnt afford the labor they retracted their offer (so the replacement motor was only needed if i pay for labor makes no sense). there is much more detail to this case than makes sense based on basic business ethics let alone warranty broken promises.


Wayne P. said
368 days ago
Yes crank bolt keeps failing


Nicholas R. said
367 days ago
I purchased the 2006 Kia Sorento lx manual with 72,000 miles last September 2014. I was driving home from work a week ago and all of a sudden doing 55 mph. My dash lit up like a Christmas tree, i lost my power steering alternator and water pump. Not to mention I almost crashed due to the power steering going out and not being able to control the vehicle properly. i opened the hood and found the belts were off. i went to replace the belts over the weekend and noticed the crankshaft pulley was no longer there. i found it laying on the skid plate of the car and the bolt that snapped. I found that the problem is the crank gear. there is a pin that goes into the back of the pulley from the crank gear that snapped off allowing the pulley to spin and snap the bolt holding it. Needless to say i have $5000 left to pay on the car with an astronomical repair bill that may cost me almost half of what i owe on the car. The car just hit 100,000 miles and pretty much screwed as i can not afford the repair bills.


Nicholas R. said
367 days ago
I purchased the 2006 Kia Sorento lx manual with 72,000 miles last September 2014. I was driving home from work a week ago and all of a sudden doing 55 mph. My dash lit up like a Christmas tree, i lost my power steering alternator and water pump. Not to mention I almost crashed due to the power steering going out and not being able to control the vehicle properly. i opened the hood and found the belts were off. i went to replace the belts over the weekend and noticed the crankshaft pulley was no longer there. i found it laying on the skid plate of the car and the bolt that snapped. I found that the problem is the crank gear. there is a pin that goes into the back of the pulley from the crank gear that snapped off allowing the pulley to spin and snap the bolt holding it. Needless to say i have $5000 left to pay on the car with an astronomical repair bill that may cost me almost half of what i owe on the car. The car just hit 100,000 miles and pretty much screwed as i can not afford the repair bills.


Brad W. said
354 days ago


lynn c. said
346 days ago
same thing crankshaft bolt 2003 kia sorento called corporate said it was my fault for not changing timing belt at 60000 miles I didn't buy it new and I was unaware of this till it happened two weeks ago,this is wrong they don't to stand up for there negligence,lucky I wasn't driving 60mph with my 10 yr old and wife,only vehicle I had now I have none and no way to get one at the moment,plz stop this before someone gets really hurt or possibly others.


Nechelle K. said
323 days ago
Im having the same problem with my 03 kia sorento crankshaft bolt


Terry B. said
320 days ago
I bought my 2005 Kia Sorento new and have had the same problems that these people are describing since the day we bought it. It only had eight miles on it and now since its been in the shop so many times it barley running. Feels like it's going to just stall out and wreck from wobbling so much. Please help have had nothing but problems since day one


Terry B. said
320 days ago
I bought my 2005 Kia Sorento new and have had the same problems that these people are describing since the day we bought it. It only had eight miles on it and now since its been in the shop so many times it barley running. Feels like it's going to just stall out and wreck from wobbling so much. Please help have had nothing but problems since day one


Mary S. said
319 days ago


Shandra V. said
313 days ago
I bought a used 2003 Kia Sorento in 2014 I only being having it 8 months and I have fixed the harmonic balancer bolt three times already. It keeps unscrewing while I am driving. It wobble when I try to come to a complete stop like I am going to ram into somebody.


Leonard P. said
308 days ago
Yes I have a 2003 kia sorento and the same thing just happens to my car the pin in gear to harmonic blancer to break off


Leonard P. said
308 days ago
Yes I have a 2003 kia sorento and the same thing just happens to my car the pin in gear to harmonic blancer to break off


Shellie L. said
306 days ago
Bought 2006 Sorento EX almost a year ago. Has been undriveable more than half that year due to same issues. I am angry. Something needs to be done. There's nothing worse than having to pay for a vehicle that can't be driven.


Kathy F. said
302 days ago
This just happened to me on the highway. Engine sounded funny, brake & battery lights can on and I lost my power steering. Just called the dealer to have it towed to them


Tina R. said
290 days ago
This happened to my 2006 Kia Sorento about 2 years ago and then again this week. The GM at the Kia dealership claims my Kia is not part of the recall. Seriously? They want me to "come in" so they can "work something out", which is code for, let us sell you a new Kia.


Jennifer C. said
284 days ago
Took 2006 kia to shop had to change valvue gasket truck won't run now. Jumped time and they cannot get it to run. I have same engine as listed in law suit always had problems with truck.


Miguel M. said
272 days ago
Problem with my 06 kia sorento crankshaft bolt. No help from kia dealer or corporate HQ.


todd g. said
271 days ago
I have a 2004 sorento, this is the second time this has happped. I promise one thing, I will never buy another and i will for sure make sure that everybody i know will know about this as well!!!!


Anita H. said
262 days ago
I have a 2005 Sereno and the crank shafts bolt broke off. I had to go get another car to drive because I would not put 5000 dollars into a car I paid 17000 for. It is still sitting in my yard and I hope we can get some resolution from this. This is to many people with the same issue, why was it not recalled.


Anita H. said
262 days ago
I have a 2005 Sereno and the crank shafts bolt broke off. I had to go get another car to drive because I would not put 5000 dollars into a car I paid 17000 for. It is still sitting in my yard and I hope we can get some resolution from this. This is to many people with the same issue, why was it not recalled.


Brandon H. said
262 days ago
I just lost the bolt on my 2004 Kia Sorento that attaches the harmonic balancer to the front of the crank shaft. This happened with no warning. Like others I was driving when I lost power steering, alternator and had all the warning lights light up on the dashboard. I was lucky in that I had just left home when it happened. Upon raising the hood I found no belts turning and the balancer pulley sitting crooked. I removed what was left of the bolt and now have to tear apart everything to try and remove the bolt. This is our only vehicle.


Amber C. said
262 days ago
I own an o5 Sorrento and have had the pulley bolt replaced also and,will having noise issues spent well over 1600 bucks Kia needs ro,stand up behind these defects and replace the motors or something, how the hell do we get a suit foing?


Trina F. said
259 days ago
i am so frustrated with my Kia Sorento. I just got it out of the shop after one month and it's still shutting off while i'm driving. I would like to speak to a lawyer.


Serge B. said
257 days ago
My car kia sedonna 2005 have problem breaks allignment leak and run bad.


Jerry H. said
244 days ago
My KiaSorento 2003 has same issues.


josie b. said
236 days ago
I have a 2003 Kia sorento and bought 3 starters and 3 ring gears and even Kia
Could not fix it. It's been sitting on side my house for 3 years.


Diane K. said
233 days ago
I have a 2006 Kia Sorento and have the same issue with the crank shaft pulley. Could have been catastrophic. Kia needs to pay!!


Jerry B. said
230 days ago
Our 2005 Kia Sorrento has a broken camshaft. We lost power steering the break and the battery light came on. We were told that we would have to actually drop the engine to get this thing replaced. From all the forms I'm seeing this is a real serious problem and should be addressed by Kia. But so far I don't see any real action on this. Do we have to wait for someone to get killed before its addressed? Never buying a Kia again


Vickie R. said
230 days ago
Driving home from church heard clunking noise lost breaks and steering, almost wrecked. Luckily close to home coasted in. The crank shaft bolt broke, second time this has happened. I've had the sensor and bolt previously fixed.


SUsan W. said
230 days ago
I have the same issues with the crankshaft sensor and timing belt and it just stopped. Haven't got the $1500 to repair it, so it is sitting.


SUsan W. said
230 days ago
I have the same issues with the crankshaft sensor and timing belt and it just stopped. Haven't got the $1500 to repair it, so it is sitting.


SUsan W. said
230 days ago
Suit pending in Essex NJ Federsal District Court. Robinson et al v Kia case #:2-13-cv-00006-ES-MAH. Atty is Shmuel Klein, P.C. I also have a kia I bough for hauling stuff and it stopped at 98,000. Send me your name, address, phone, year & VIN of KIA and 2-3 sentences, plus $ spent on repairs. I will collect names and see if we can join that suit. I am an atty licensed in MI, TN, and FL. suzywoodrow@hotmail.com AND I AM PI---ED ABOUT THIS.


sara w. said
213 days ago
Same problems already spent over 3000 and now it's doing it again.


richard b. said
213 days ago
I have a 2005 kia with the same issue and kia don't want to help me


Linda S. said
212 days ago
I have a 2006 Sorento with the same issue. I just spent $3000 on towing and repairs and I'm now told that it will cost another $7000 for a new motor. I've now been without a vehicle for over a month trying to get answers, but getting the run around. Called Kia Corp and was told that the years prior to my 2006 was recalled and we told them they needed to place a recall on mine cause the same thing exact thing happened to mine. They said that they couldn't do anything to help me. I'm so angry and disgusted.


Vanessa C. said
208 days ago
I have had this same thing happen to me not once but twice it has been hell dealing with this


richard b. said
207 days ago
Help


Sherrie I. said
206 days ago
Horrible design. thank heavens we were parked when roll pin sheared. Shut it down immediately. New design bolt replaced about three years ago thru kia. Drug 03 Sorento home, my husband drilled out roll pin tapped it and put hardened set screw in so far holding at 500 miles. We did not hook back up the a.c. system electrical just using pulley to keep even tension on ridiculously heavy harmonic for a 6 cylinder, to keep added a.c. system cycle stress off harmonic. There is no way we could afford the shop high cost to repair, had to get inventive since this is our only vehicle.


Sherrie I. said
206 days ago
Horrible design. thank heavens we were parked when roll pin sheared. Shut it down immediately. New design bolt replaced about three years ago thru kia. Drug 03 Sorento home, my husband drilled out roll pin tapped it and put hardened set screw in so far holding at 500 miles. We did not hook back up the a.c. system electrical just using pulley to keep even tension on ridiculously heavy harmonic for a 6 cylinder, to keep added a.c. system cycle stress off harmonic. There is no way we could afford the shop high cost to repair, had to get inventive since this is our only vehicle.


Meredith B. said
205 days ago
I just purchased an 04 Kia Sorento, I mean, used, yesterday. Am having an issue with power loss driving down the road, now I read these claims and am afraid to let my wife drive it! Why has not the Transpirtation a Safety Board put out notices on these vehicles!


Melanie H. said
202 days ago
My 2006 KIA Sorento went bad 3 weeks ago when my son was driving it. He stated it made a loud noise and he lost all control of power steering. I had it towed in and had to have the harmonic balancer bolt replaced. Two days ago my 70 year old mother was driving it and it happen again. She was barely able to steer it off to the side of the road. This could have caused a terrible accident. I had it towed to a garage and am now being told the crankcase bolt broke and my pulley stystem is destroyed. I cannot afford another repair. Why is someone not helping with this?


Darren M. said
202 days ago
having same issue with my 05 kia sorento the crankshaft bolt broke. First in 6/05/15 the sprocket broke and damaged the rear crank shaft seal oil ended on garage floor got the parts from Kia new sprocket and counter guy recommended a new crank shaft bolt because they been having issues and supposely the bolt was an upgrade. Well now on 5/14/16 the bolt broke and luckily it happen in the garage at home and wasnt driving. This is a serious ongoing issue Kia needs to stand behind their mistakes


Lisa W. said
188 days ago
Bought a 2006 Kia Sorento August 2014. The car has not run 6 months since we bought it. Harmonic balancer will not stay tight. Came loose coming home from town, had no power steering, almost did not get home. Is now in front yard while we have another year and a half of car payments. Has been repaired 3 times but will not stay on. Kia should be held responsible for their bad design.


sheri w. said
186 days ago
Kia 2006- engine pulley- lost steering almost crashed going around a turn on a bridge, all dash lights went on.


Crystal F. said
185 days ago
I too have a 2006 Kia Sorrento with the same issues. About 6-8 months ago, I was pulling away from a friends house and with no warning the car died. The bolt sheared off causing the harmonic balancer to fall off. My mechanic had my car for a week and a half because he was waiting on Kia to get the parts to him. He replaced it all, luckily a lot cheaper than what some of you have had to pay. Two weeks after replacing, the bolt fell off again! Just 3 weeks ago, it happened again. I left work and it started chirping, making it sound like a belt issue. Another week and half without a car waiting on Kia to get the parts to him! Once again, very thankful my mechanic warrantied my parts, therefore it didn't cost me as much as some of you. But he did say if it happens again, it may not be able to be fixed. My Kia has 117,000 miles as we speak.


Ben B. said
176 days ago
Same issue as everyone else crank pulley bolt broke on my 2005 Kia sorento for the 2nd time so sad Kia won't take responsibility for there terrible design flaw would love to get my money back from these money hungry bastards


said
174 days ago
I have a 2006 Kia Sorento that I purchased a few months ago. I had to repair my power steering already and yesterday I was told I need a alternator. The funny thing is that I thought my belt was bad a first because it always had a squeak when I started it up and sometimes while driving. I got in to drive it and the battery and brake lights were on and the squeaking stopped. My mechanic says its the alternator, but after reading this Im not so sure. I also had a engine light that I had diagnosed a few months ago and I believe they said it was the cam shaft sensor. I pray my vehicle is not experiencing the same difficulties that you all have described on this site. This is sooo scary, I definitely want to be a part of this law suit!


Alan B. said
173 days ago
Same situation. Bought a 2006 Kia Sorrento and the Crank Pulley Bolt broke or fell out.. Can I get any money or repair from Kia Corporation ?


Anthony F. said
172 days ago
2006 Kia Sorento - Manual Transmission - VIN# KNDJD733065568865 - Damper Pulley Bolt constantly backing out ever since roll pin sheered. Replaced sprocket with new roll pin. after almost a year, the same thing just happened.
This is ridiculous. Kia needs to take responsibility for their failed design.


Rachel M. said
163 days ago
2005 Kia Sorrento crankshaft bolt broke off and did a lot of damage.Just had a 100,000 miles on it.Should be a recall and Kia to fix or reimburse money paid for repairs.


Sal B. said
159 days ago
Yes I have had bolt replaced twice and balancer


john b. said
159 days ago
Bought one for my son to go back and forth from school..Came home for Hoop Fest and his birth day,and the 2005 KIA Sorento with less the 55,000 mile just broke the pulley bolt...sounds like he lost the bottom end very noisey...Know one rebuilds these,good used 1400.00 to 2500.00 plus shipping if needed plus labor to istall plus parts to install, so you could be in to it 3500.00 but I think more if you are not able to do it your self....these sell used for about 4995.00


LESTER & JEANNETTE W. said
156 days ago
I am working on my mother-in-laws 2005 Kia Sorento right now. The crankshaft bolt broke and I'm having to replace several parts. She wants me to fix it as cheap as possible and get rid of it before it does it again.


Clifford B. said
156 days ago
I have a 2006 Kia Sorento .The crank shaft bolt broke last night. It has 117,000 miles on it. Had it towed to my mechanic said it's very expensive to fix. Don't know what I'm going to do yet. Called Kia they said to have it towed into them for Diagnostic testing.


Clifford B. said
156 days ago
I have a 2006 Kia Sorento .The crank shaft bolt broke last night. It has 117,000 miles on it. Had it towed to my mechanic said it's very expensive to fix. Don't know what I'm going to do yet. Called Kia they said to have it towed into them for Diagnostic testing.


Alainia S. said
155 days ago
My 2005 kia sorento crank shaft bolt just broke. Kia says there is no recall. waiting to see how much this will cost since I am still making payments on the vehicle.


Clifford B. said
149 days ago
having same issue on my 2006 Kia Sorento . Crank shaft bolt broke contacted Kia they said there is no recall. And no warranty any advice would be appreciated seeing I'm still making payments on it bought it used.


Janet O. said
142 days ago
Same issue here just happened with my 2005 Kia Sorrento. My daughter was driving with my other daughter and 3 of my grandkids in the back seat and this problem happened. They almost had an accident. Thank God they weren't driving fast when the bolt busted. I had to have my car towed 40 miles to my daughters work (200 miles from my home b/c I was there visiting). A whole day was wasted dealing with this ordeal and I ended up stranded in another state without a car or a way home. I had to purchase a new vehicle as a result and my Kia is still sitting 3 hours from my home where it was towed to.


Goldie M. said
136 days ago
If the pulley bolt on your Kia Sorrento breaks, don't bother to get it fixed. It will only break again. This is a faulty design.


Tamara W. said
131 days ago
2005 Kia Amanti. This car tries to lunge when applying the brake, Dies when applying the gas, sputters then dies while driving in traffic, I have to pull over and restart the car most of the time to no avail. The car has now been at the shop for a week and the mechanics can not figure out what is wrong with it.


Travis A. said
129 days ago
I bought a used 2005 Kia Sorrento with 172,000 miles on it. The motor had been replaced with a new one. I drove it for about 7 months. Shortly after, it developed an exhaust leak, oil leak and the power steering became erratic. Car overheated and died on a 300 mile trip home. no indication of overheating was noticeable beforehand. Temp gauge read normal the whole time. All the fluids were topped off. I had towed home and it is now sitting in the driveway. Quit paying on it and waiting for them to come get it. I told them about it only a day after it happened. They called me the following week. I have not heard from the dealership since. I don't even know if they want the vehicle back or not.


Lonnie L. said
125 days ago
2003 Kia Sorento, 88,032 miles. Crank shaft bolt broke. will be contacting KIA dealership Monday, but it looks as if I will be in the same boat as most of you. They need to be held accountable for this. It is a known problem that they choose to ignore, just like GM with the ignition issue nothing was done until they were forced to address it!


sylvester g. said
120 days ago
Have same problem 2004 kia amanti serpentine belt broke lost power , power steering and battery light came on


Briana M. said
116 days ago
I am experiencing exactly this problem right now with my 2006 Kia Sorento, which has 100,990 miles on it.

I took it to my mechanic on Tuesday because it started running "rough", vibrating more than usual at idle, and a little louder and rougher on acceleration. I asked my mechanic to run a diagnostic on it and fix the problem. They told me it was a bad O2 sensor and fuel system, so we fixed that for $530.

The very next day, I was driving home from work when I suddenly lost steering and the car started shaking violently. I was barely able to hard-steer (and I mean HARD) to a nearby parking lot and park. At this time I noticed the Air Conditioner was also blowing hot (because it runs off the same belt as the steering and alternator, which all went out). So I turned off the vehicle, popped the hood, and could see the serpentine belt was off the pulleys. Luckily I had changed all my belts and hoses 3000 miles back, so nothing broke, just slipped off the pulleys, but as I tugged slightly on the belt trying to find if it was broken, I could see the main pulley wobbling on its shaft. I found out later the shaft was sheared off inside. Also, since that belt affected the alternator, my car quickly lost what was left of the battery using the emergency flashers and I was barely able to get the windows rolled up. The car was completely dead. KIA - Killed In Action, as a friend says. Now I understand why they say that.

Thank goodness I was not on the freeway when this happened (I was a block away from getting on!), or it could have caused a very bad accident when the steering went out. So I'm counting my blessings.

After waiting 5 1/2 hours for a tow in a South Carolina summer at rush hour, I was about worn out, and finally managed to get a ride back home from a friend at 10pm. It is now Tuesday of the following week and my car is still in the shop. They told me they finally got the parts they needed yesterday and hope to have it repaired today.

So here's the deal, shouldn't my mechanic have noticed when I brought my car in for a diagnostic, that there was something visually wrong with the pulley? The car was vibrating and running rough. Are they only plugging in and getting diagnostic codes and computer errors, and not looking for any actual mechanical failures? They completely misdiagnosed the actual problem, causing catastrophic failure to my vehicle the very next day. I'm more than a little upset at this, not to mention the expense.

I am really hoping it's not going to cost over $1000 to repair it, since I already just paid $530 just last week. After reading all of these stories I'm terrified that it's going to break on me again. So I'll be driving it straight to CarMax for an appraisal, and hopefully trade it in for something more safe and reliable. Toyota says they'll only give me $750 for it. We'll see what CarMax says. Very disappointed.


Bryant W. said
109 days ago
I had to fix my engine in my kia do to the same issue. Would love to get my money back


Cynthia C. said
108 days ago


said
102 days ago
Same bought car to find out the bolt had been broken before .what a rip off car could be worth nothing


DEBBIE H. said
102 days ago
BOLT BROKE ON 3RD TIME 2006 KIA SOR CALLED KIA THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THIS AN NO RECALLS HELP ME LORD I NEED THIS FIXED


Elizabeth W. said
97 days ago
Our daughter has a 2003 Kia Sorento 4 wheel drive. This pulley and bolt broke off today for the second time. She was on I-15 in traffic both times it broke. We are so lucky she was not killed. Now my husband and son in law had to tow her home again.


Elizabeth W. said
97 days ago
Our daughter has a 2003 Kia Sorento 4 wheel drive. This pulley and bolt broke off today for the second time. She was on I-15 in traffic both times it broke. We are so lucky she was not killed. Now my husband and son in law had to tow her home again.


william n. said
96 days ago
had to replace crankshaft bolt on my 2004 kia sorento and would like reimbursement.


tammie l. said
94 days ago
I have been having so many issues with my 2003 kia soronto I have had the starter and flex plate changed and when I pulled into my driveway the belt fell off and now my balancer is loose the bolt is tight in the balancer. I was told there was no point to put the belt back on it will just keep falling off. I would like to get it fixed I'm a single parent of 2 and can not afford to get it fixed or to get a new car


Stacey G. said
93 days ago
Kia Sorento crank shaft broke for the second time .


Justin J. said
72 days ago
Very disappointed shortly after buying my sorento my harmonic balancer started wobbling and its on its way out!!! Could barely afford to buy this car and now I can't afford to fix it!


Jodi D. said
69 days ago
My 2006 Kia Sorento had the harmonic balancer bolt break off in crank. Had it towed to dealership and they said I would need new motor which is gonna run about 5000 total. I can not afford this.


Michelle E. said
63 days ago
I purchased my 2006 Kia Sorento and after 2 years it has been in the shop 3 times this year for crankshaft problems. Now the dealer is saying it needs a new engine.


Craig W. said
50 days ago
I have a 04 Kia Sorento and has been nothing but engine problems


Tara . said
47 days ago
Same issue got new crank bolt in but the pin is broke of


GLENN S. said
36 days ago
05 Sorento,same as the others above,dealer eng. swap starts at 6k,done with KIA!


John A. said
30 days ago
I have a 2006 Kia Sorento and the crank bolt broke off and then the pulley fell off tore all the belts up rattled around almost crashed had it towed to my local garage my mechanic looked it over told me I was very lucky it didn't do more damaged after an inspection it also sheared of the pin in the crank he said all in all it would be about 1200.00 to 1400.00 to repair it I just don't have that kind of money being on a fixed income


Clifford B. said
27 days ago
Does anyone know how much longer before there is a verdict on this case?


jessica p. said
26 days ago
I bought an 09 kia optima LX brand new in Dec. 09. 16000 miles is when the noises started. I went back and forth to the dealership. They said I had broken cv axles ,it was fine, drive home. I explained it was not from my cv axles, it was my engine. They said I hadn't changed the oil. I gave copies of the receipts where they had changed my oil. They fixed it, I left. Noise continued. I went back and forth. Each time, they claimed they heard no noise. About 84000 miles, still under warranty, they said it was fine. I Crunk it up, and the noise was terrible. I questioned the mechanic. He heard it and admitted to hearing it. He got the service manager. They decided to keep it over night. I was emailed pictures of sludge. They claimed I had not had the oil changed. I provided documents of oil changes for every three thousand miles. They said not all were with them. I asked them to show me in my contract where I had to have oil change with them. Then, I went to the mechanic, who had done the oil changes when not done at kia, and got copies of his certifications. He was a licensed mechanic with all creditionals. Then kia said it wasn't from the sludge, it was a hub. They said they tightened it, and it was fine. I picked up the car. Mind you, this rattle, knocking, loud noise didn't happen every time you Crunk the car. Not long after, I was driving it, and the car was making a clunking noise from the engine area and the check engine light started to flash. I immediately pulled over, checked the oil. Level was fine. I had it towed back to my home. Got it to the dealership and was told it was a timing belt. Less than 100000 miles. They said timing belt caused the noise. They said I could buy a new engine for 10000 because it was almost out of warrenty, I could purchase a new kia and would not have those problems, or I could pay for the timing chain, water pump. I argued about the warrenty. They said corporate would be contacted. Two weeks later, dealership service manager said corporate said I was not covered on the warrenty because I was the 2nd owner. I explained I bought the car brand new. He said he understood, but because my mother had come signed on the loan, that meant the car had two different owners and warranty did not exist. I was reminded they would put me in a brand new one, I could buy a new motor for ten thousand, or I could have the timing chain replaced. I opted for the timing chain. 1000 dollars, several weeks later, I got the car back. Two days later, my mom, daughter, and myself went running errands. About seven miles later, I stopped at a store and the car cut off. I couldn't get it to crank. I called a mechanic who came and , after checking the car out, informed me it had a blown engine. The oil was full of metal. Still under warranty, kia would do nothing.


Leslie D. said
25 days ago
I too own a 2005 Kia Sorento LX and the bolt in the crankshaft broke while I was driving. Luckily I was able to pull off the road but this coat me a little over $800 to fix and not to mention the tow truck, lost of work hours, and I had just finished replacing the radiator.


Janet P. said
25 days ago
I own a Kia 2006 sorento lx 4x4 new. It sits in the driveway cause it the engine just quits while I drive on the freeway, or doing 30 on an arterial. Took it to George Gee kia dealer they put in a faulty crankshaft sensor. Took it home still dies. Took it back they wanted to charge me $3000.00 to replace the computer to see if that would fix it.What? Idiots! I might be blonde but I'm not stupid. The vehicle is literally dangerous to drive and useless. I almost caused a multi car accident on the freeway at rush hour when the engine quit. I sit there for 5 minutes then it starts and goes until the next time. Then they tell me its one of the C converters are bad?


Lauren M. said
24 days ago
This just happened to me for the 2nd time in as many years. I am not going to continue to drop thousands of dollars that i dont havd to fix a problem that sounds like os going to continue to happen. Can someone provide some info on how to join this class action suit?


Natasha l. said
9 days ago
Yes I too have 03 kia sorento ,and it has been part after part . I just don't understand how kia has gotten away with it.. These vehicles made by Kia, are responsible for the damages and costs and the problems we KIA owners experience after buying there vehicles . You couldn't pay me enough to purchase another vehicle made by or anything to do with Kia. As it stands I have a vehicle I haven't been able to drive now parked due from costs n repairs n parts and labor it now is sitting


carl m. said
4 days ago
03 engine fail ....


carl m. said
4 days ago
03 engine fail ....

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