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Sorento 2012 Maintenance

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Dear all!

I recently purchased an used Sorento 2012 with a mileage of below 100k. It was previously maintained by AutoMiraj in most cases.

However, with good intentions I made an inspection with Kia Agents. They’ve given me a quotation of 8lakhs for the “suggested repairs”. They even recommended a Transmission Oil change which costs a staggering 80k. 
 

what I need to know is, what are the recommend garages or maintenance places to get a second look or the repairs done? What should I look out for in the near future?

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Would you care to share what are those “suggested repairs” which would cost approx 8 lakhs.

 

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Well..if you give us a break down of what needs to be done we could probably give you better and meaningful suggestions and recommendations.

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2 hours ago, Thyaga said:

Dear all!

I recently purchased an used Sorento 2012 with a mileage of below 100k. It was previously maintained by AutoMiraj in most cases.

However, with good intentions I made an inspection with Kia Agents. They’ve given me a quotation of 8lakhs for the “suggested repairs”. They even recommended a Transmission Oil change which costs a staggering 80k. 
 

what I need to know is, what are the recommend garages or maintenance places to get a second look or the repairs done? What should I look out for in the near future?

Like @JayZ mentioned, it would be easier for the members to recommend a place or comment on the prices if the suggested repair items are included.

The transmission oil change costs 80,000 for the Korean SUVs of that era (Sportage and Sorento) at the agents. However, the service interval is every 80,000km as well for the transmission oil change..

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17 hours ago, Thyaga said:

. They’ve given me a quotation of 8lakhs for the “suggested repairs”. They even recommended a Transmission Oil change which costs a staggering 80k. 

And I thought D*MO were crooks.

Just curious, would the Abans Hyundai dealership be able to undertake services on the Sorento? 

Do list out your problems more clearly and someone would be able to recommend you a good shop hopefully! 

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2 hours ago, AVANTE said:

And I thought D*MO were crooks.

Just curious, would the Abans Hyundai dealership be able to undertake services on the Sorento? 

Do list out your problems more clearly and someone would be able to recommend you a good shop hopefully! 

Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa-fe  are basically the same underneath.  So they might be able to service .

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9 hours ago, GayanR said:

geez 80k for gear oil change?

Yes, 2 of my friends got it done at K*A for 80k.. and as I remember the process takes 2 days as well..

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43 minutes ago, Dee Jay said:

Yes, 2 of my friends got it done at K*A for 80k.. and as I remember the process takes 2 days as well..

Really...... Is it because of any lengthy procedure needed some special tools or any expensive transmission oil or both?

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1 hour ago, gayanath said:

 

Really...... Is it because of any lengthy procedure needed some special tools or any expensive transmission oil or both?

Seems its something to do with the procedure..

UPDATE:

The procedure involves not only changing transmission oil but,  changing differential oil and brake oil as well.  They won't do transmission oil alone as per what my friend said.

So does that justify the price and the time?

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2 hours ago, Dee Jay said:

Yes, 2 of my friends got it done at K*A for 80k.. and as I remember the process takes 2 days as well..

damn.Does kia sportage carries the same procedure?

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Just now, GayanR said:

damn.Does kia sportage carries the same procedure?

Yes both of them have Sportage

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2 hours ago, Dee Jay said:

Yes, 2 of my friends got it done at K*A for 80k.. and as I remember the process takes 2 days as well..

... why do people buy Koreans? To save money? 

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KIA agent takes longer to do it because there is a queue and lot of procedures. 

I checked from a place close to pannipitiya (Malabe road) who does Korian and Land Rover vehicle maintenance and they quoted approx 65k for the transmission oil change last year. 

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1 hour ago, gayanath said:

 

Really...... Is it because of any lengthy procedure needed some special tools or any expensive transmission oil or both?

Bet they replace the inner transmission fluid filter which needs complete disassembly of the transmission to get to

 

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USA manual 2014 (Don't know whether we have same trans-axle for 2012 in SL).  

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2 hours ago, gayanath said:

 

Really...... Is it because of any lengthy procedure needed some special tools or any expensive transmission oil or both?

Yes, seems like they dismantle the transmission to change the filter. I overheard this when I was in Kia service center. It seems it is same for Kia Picano as well.

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I had a chance to chat with a friend of mine who has a 2012 Sorrento. Millage is 120,000 + km now. 

The agent asked him Rs. 100,000 + for transmission oil change. He was told by agent that, need to remove the gearbox to tighten something inside the gearbox as it tends to loosen (this is what he told me....) 

However he decided to do the oil replacement from a place near Gampaha area for Rs. 18,000 (at the millage around 80,000) and running so far. 

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On 8/13/2020 at 2:31 PM, JayZ said:

Would you care to share what are those “suggested repairs” which would cost approx 8 lakhs.

 

 

On 8/13/2020 at 2:55 PM, Dee Jay said:

Like @JayZ mentioned, it would be easier for the members to recommend a place or comment on the prices if the suggested repair items are included.

The transmission oil change costs 80,000 for the Korean SUVs of that era (Sportage and Sorento) at the agents. However, the service interval is every 80,000km as well for the transmission oil change..

Hi!

Yes they suggested to change engine mounts and bushes which can be understood since a major service to be done at 96k, they suggested to change the turbo charger and when asked why they said it's just precautionary and it can run 20-30k more without an issue. AC vent tabs are broken and they wanted to replace all four vents, they told the right CV joint also needs a replacements. Other than that they suggested to change suspensions on all four wheels. Oh, and a pulley, which they also said is precautionary. 
Then the transmission oil change which I heard takes two days and that they'll be replacing a lot on the transmission unit, so 80k LKR is understandable. 

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On 8/14/2020 at 11:35 AM, AVANTE said:

... why do people buy Koreans? To save money? 

I've had Toyota and Honda vehicles before, Well if company maintained they all cost the same from my experience. I'm no expert on vehicles but korean vehicles did impress lot of people over the years. If I was in US or Europe, I think I'd prefer a BMW or an Audi when these ridiculous taxes are no applicable LOL.

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On 8/14/2020 at 12:28 PM, gayanath said:

USA manual 2014 (Don't know whether we have same trans-axle for 2012 in SL).  

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Thank you! It's more or the less same.

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Does anyone has to change Turbo , Suspension, CV Joints etc as preventive maintenance if theirs nothing wrong? 

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12 hours ago, Thyaga said:

 

Hi!

Yes they suggested to change engine mounts and bushes which can be understood since a major service to be done at 96k, they suggested to change the turbo charger and when asked why they said it's just precautionary and it can run 20-30k more without an issue. AC vent tabs are broken and they wanted to replace all four vents, they told the right CV joint also needs a replacements. Other than that they suggested to change suspensions on all four wheels. Oh, and a pulley, which they also said is precautionary. 
Then the transmission oil change which I heard takes two days and that they'll be replacing a lot on the transmission unit, so 80k LKR is understandable. 

Well, if I were you I would get a quote for the same parts and repair else where as well and see. If you can get the suspension parts at cheaper rates I guess any garage would be able to handle the suspension related repairs at a lesser cost than this. Kia labour charges are high it seems..

Same with engine mounts, bushes and pulley repairs and can be expected with the mileage. Get a quotation for the genuine parts outside and see.

I guess you could use the turbo charger a bit more unless the previous owner has ruined it somehow?? 😮 

Check and see if there are reconditioned AC vents available that would be a lot cheaper I guess.

Another strategy you could follow would be to attend to the things that need immediate attention and sort out the rest little by little..

 

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11 hours ago, JayZ said:

Does anyone has to change Turbo , Suspension, CV Joints etc as preventive maintenance if theirs nothing wrong? 

I too used a 2010 Sorento and took it to the agents in Malabe for a transmission oil change (100,000km), cos almost all experts and people spoken to says that it’s a necessity to be serviced by the agents due to many complications.

After inspection, agents quoted 450K for the above, plus many other replacements as “preventive measures” and a full service. Gave me a heartache but agreed to go ahead as I was planning to use the vehicle for 2 more years. Final bill 350K+. Did not feel any difference in performance.

Long story short….My BIL with a Sorento(2012) did similar service with a few replacements and a regular service with a garage in Yakkala. Cost him only 75K with no hiccups. 20,000 kilometres after, he is still laughing at me. Here I’m, 250K short.

I presume this “preventive maintenance” is like one of their hoodwink strategies.

Embarrassed, I sold it one year later….

FYI… the Sorento has had the best pulling power compared to many other SUVs I have driven. Overtaking is a pleasure, even on hilly roads.

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7 minutes ago, Mass01 said:

I too used a 2010 Sorento and took it to the agents in Malabe for a transmission oil change (100,000km), cos almost all experts and people spoken to says that it’s a necessity to be serviced by the agents due to many complications.

After inspection, agents quoted 450K for the above, plus many other replacements as “preventive measures” and a full service. Gave me a heartache but agreed to go ahead as I was planning to use the vehicle for 2 more years. Final bill 350K+. Did not feel any difference in performance.

Long story short….My BIL with a Sorento(2012) did similar service with a few replacements and a regular service with a garage in Yakkala. Cost him only 75K with no hiccups. 20,000 kilometres after, he is still laughing at me. Here I’m, 250K short.

I presume this “preventive maintenance” is like one of their hoodwink strategies.

Embarrassed, I sold it one year later….

FYI… the Sorento has had the best pulling power compared to many other SUVs I have driven. Overtaking is a pleasure, even on hilly roads.

Thats the agents :),  I drive a 2014 model and currently 65K on the clock. 

During the last service, agents gave a heads up on the bushes as a preventive maintenance advice.  But I don't feel any issue with the drive even at 100+ kmph.   Seems like they are trying to make a quick buck here.  Better get an inspection from a 3rd party also before committing to a major service. 

At least could prioritize what needs attention first.

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On 8/16/2020 at 9:30 PM, Dee Jay said:

Well, if I were you I would get a quote for the same parts and repair else where as well and see. If you can get the suspension parts at cheaper rates I guess any garage would be able to handle the suspension related repairs at a lesser cost than this. Kia labour charges are high it seems..

Same with engine mounts, bushes and pulley repairs and can be expected with the mileage. Get a quotation for the genuine parts outside and see.

I guess you could use the turbo charger a bit more unless the previous owner has ruined it somehow?? 😮 

Check and see if there are reconditioned AC vents available that would be a lot cheaper I guess.

Another strategy you could follow would be to attend to the things that need immediate attention and sort out the rest little by little..

 

Thank you very much, Further I'd like to know if there's any preferred KIA garages around. Someplace with recommendations would be nice. 

On 8/16/2020 at 10:30 PM, Mass01 said:

I too used a 2010 Sorento and took it to the agents in Malabe for a transmission oil change (100,000km), cos almost all experts and people spoken to says that it’s a necessity to be serviced by the agents due to many complications.

After inspection, agents quoted 450K for the above, plus many other replacements as “preventive measures” and a full service. Gave me a heartache but agreed to go ahead as I was planning to use the vehicle for 2 more years. Final bill 350K+. Did not feel any difference in performance.

Long story short….My BIL with a Sorento(2012) did similar service with a few replacements and a regular service with a garage in Yakkala. Cost him only 75K with no hiccups. 20,000 kilometres after, he is still laughing at me. Here I’m, 250K short.

I presume this “preventive maintenance” is like one of their hoodwink strategies.

Embarrassed, I sold it one year later….

FYI… the Sorento has had the best pulling power compared to many other SUVs I have driven. Overtaking is a pleasure, even on hilly roads.

Yeah they have these preventive repairs lined up all the time. I asked them what a separate quotation on immediate repairs, hopefully that will be a lot cheaper.

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