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Old 22 June 2012, 14:32   #11
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I have a Sorento and it drives very nicely and you hardly notice when towing, very comfortable and reasonably economic. I am very happy with it bar the folowing.
Three unforeseen and immediately disabling breakdowns over the last two years on a newish, fully serviced low mileage car.........

Was it the fuel tank?
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Old 22 June 2012, 14:49   #12
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06 Sorento bought new at 5k below list, tows well, drives well, just got to 61k never had a single fault despite it being the car I always take if the weather is gonna be wet/windy or snowing. And as I commute back and forth to Cumbria thats most of the time!
Thats probably the kiss of death for it I suppose
Just come back thru a well flooded Cumbria and Lancashire with it-faultless. Keep thinking of changing it but these stories of various faults on allegedly better badged cars makes me think why bother! Daughter's Discovery for instance helped the unemployment situation by keeping the local landrover garage busy in warranty repairs til she saw the light and got rid.
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Old 22 June 2012, 15:07   #13
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06 Sorento bought new at 5k below list, tows well, drives well, just got to 61k never had a single fault despite it being the car I always take if the weather is gonna be wet/windy or snowing. And as I commute back and forth to Cumbria thats most of the time!
Thats probably the kiss of death for it I suppose
Just come back thru a well flooded Cumbria and Lancashire with it-faultless. Keep thinking of changing it but these stories of various faults on allegedly better badged cars makes me think why bother! Daughter's Discovery for instance helped the unemployment situation by keeping the local landrover garage busy in warranty repairs til she saw the light and got rid.

Thats good just ordered a Sorento to replace a Nissan Tow car. I knew that some pre 2006 ones had a fuel tank that had a form of delamination that meant a new tank but Kia did replace at their cost to someone we knew. The car has a tow car of year award and well written up in most mags and forums. Manages snow in Forest and will tow a good weight and new ones come with 7 year warranty and 100,000 mile cover. Says something about reliability
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Old 22 June 2012, 15:15   #14
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2007 model at 39k, FSH

First fault- drove into a petrol station and then could leave the forecourt after fueling, jammed in second gear and couldn't get it out. Recovered to Kia who repaired under warranty after some argument. Turns out this was a known issue with cars of that year and was admitted, eventually!

Second fault- wife driving away from tescos in town, car starts making awful racket. When I go down to look cap screw has sheared holding in injector on No1 cylinder and injector bouncing up and down. According to Kia fault unknown so write off as one of those things and replace with genuine Kia cap screw.

Third Fault- pulling away from toll station at the weekend in republic of Ireland same cap screw shears again. Bought one and a spare and Kia still insisting in dealership that unknown fault. No reply from HQ after a week asking for advice.

All three faults happened with absolutely no warning and are destroying faith in cars reliability, especially as we only sold previous car after 10 years just in case it broke down after 10 years of no breakdowns on a car that didn't even get serviced for 9 of the 10 years we had it!

I like the car but one more breakdown means it goes........
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I don't know if you'd get one at your price point but the Skoda Yeti is a terrific car. Well worth a look
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I'm not sure what mpg you need but it may be worth looking at one of the modern SUV's. Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail, Peugeot 4007 all give 40mpg round town and 45 on a run. Drive is suprisingly ok (but not as good as the Passat ) , high ground clearance and all tow 2000kg with ease.
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I'm not sure what mpg you need but it may be worth looking at one of the modern SUV's. Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail, Peugeot 4007 all give 40mpg round town and 45 on a run. Drive is suprisingly ok (but not as good as the Passat ) , high ground clearance and all tow 2000kg with ease.
Wish my 3 litre Terrano was as good on the go juice as the makes and models you've mentioned.
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ford kuga awd, gets about 40mpg, quiet, comfortable and plenty of room and tows my 6.2m like it's not there. Happy with mine
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ford kuga awd, gets about 40mpg, quiet, comfortable and plenty of room and tows my 6.2m like it's not there. Happy with mine
We borrowed a brand new Kuga the other day to tow a SR 6m down to Cornwall from Portsmouth. Lovely car and surprisingly upmarket for a Ford. I think the price reflects this fact though.... It too was an AWD model but I must admit I cant agree with regards to the comment "it tows like its not there". Sure its a great tow car and I like it a lot but as for towing like the boat was not there - I'm not sure about that.

Nice car though but I think residual prices are still quite high at present.
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Wish my 3 litre Terrano was as good on the go juice as the makes and models you've mentioned.
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