The surprising part is that even though the oil was changed every 2,995 miles (4,819 km) on average, all the drivetrain parts failed at some point.
A 2012 Kia Sorento owner made full use of the dealer provided 10-year / unlimited-mile warranty in a very unique way. According to reports, with the dealer-provided unlimited-mile warranty, the owner was able to save tens of thousands of dollars.
While Kia offered a 10-year / 100,000-mile warranty as standard on all cars in 2012, a dealer offered a Sorento customer a bumper-to-bumper unlimited-mile warranty for an additional US$7,000. This dealer-issued warranty expired recently, with the Kia Sorento owner having clocked over 6 lakh miles (9.65 lakh km) on his SUV.
Not only that, over the course of the 10-year unlimited-mile warranty period, the Sorento went through 203 oil changes, 20 transmission flushes, 9 engines & 4 transmissions. This translates to 67,562 miles (1.08 lakh km) per engine and one transmission for every 152,015 miles (2.44 lakh km). The surprising part is that even though the oil was changed every 2,995 miles (4,819 km) on average, all the drivetrain parts failed at some point.
Reports suggest that one engine on the Sorento sets customers back by US$4,500, which adds up to a total savings of US$33,500 (around Rs 26 lakh) for 9 engines & after subtracting the $7000 for warranty paid initially. The savings go even higher when the transmission, transmission fluid, oil changes and all other factors are taken into account.
The Kia Sorento owner is said to have traded in his SUV after the warranty expired.
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