Kia crossover owner changed engine nine times in 10 years under warranty

Kia crossover owner changed engine nine times in 10 years under warranty 1




There’s a 2012 Kia Sorento crossover in Minneapolis, S.C., with over 608,000 miles (978,300 km). In 10 years, it has had its engine replaced nine times and its transmission replaced four times. The history of the car was published on the American website Reddit.

The worker of the American service station, which serves the car, told about Kia Sorento. As proof, he provided a photo of the odometer of the auto. It turned out that the matter is not in the unreliability of the crossover. Its owner deliberately made such machinations.

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For 10 years, the crossover drove almost a million kilometers
Photo: Reddit

An American bought a Kia Sorento and ordered an extended warranty for 10 years for $7,000 with no mileage limit. Judging by the fact that the car passed almost a million miles, he drives very actively – about 100 thousand kilometers a year.

The Kia owner used the loopholes in the warranty contract and replaced the worn-out engine and gearbox for free instead of major repairs. Besides, the engine oil was changed 203 times, and the transmission 20 times.

Considering that just one engine replacement on a Kia Sorento costs $4,500, the owner was left with a win-win. He saved about $33,500 over 10 years, and that’s enough to buy a 2022 Kia Sorento in a not-so-poor package. According to the mechanic, the warranty is now over and the car has been sold.