After-sales warranties for obvious reasons, they can be a waste of money. However, one owner of a Kia Sorento in the area of twin cities took advantage of a 10-year warranty for unlimited mileage, and it paid off in an unprecedented way. According to one technician familiar with the vehicle, the owner saved tens of thousands of dollars.
Sorento is not known for common reliability issues, so at first it might seem like a weird guarantee to sign up for. Redditor 600 shots from autism Carscoops said the dealer offered a bumper-to-bumper warranty for $ 7,000. Keep in mind that Kia already offered a 10-year 100,000-mile transmission warranty back in 2012 when this car was first sold.
However, this factory warranty package seems to have expired pretty quickly because the technician claims the dealer’s 10-year warranty has finally expired with 608,061 miles on the odometer. During this time, the Sorento has replaced more basic transmission parts than you can count on on both hands.
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According to the technician who published the story, this Sorento had 203 oil changes, 20 flush transmissions, 9 engines and 4 transmissions during the warranty period. That’s an average of 2,995 miles between each oil change, and despite that, all of these transmission parts at some point failed. On average, this is one engine for every 67,562 miles and one transmission for every 152,015 miles.
Technology has also told us that this car has been driving hard all the time. They specifically mentioned damaged pistons, connecting rods, cams, heads and even a broken crankshaft. According to the source, just one engine replacement for the car in question costs about $ 4,500.
Do the calculations and you will get a total savings of $ 33,500 if the guarantee was $ 7,000. This also does not include in the equation any other repairs or routine maintenance.
It’s amazing to see that in a large scheme at least one customer seems to have benefited greatly from the extended warranty. According to the technician, the owner in question has now sold Sorrento after the warranty expired.