Crankshaft bolt sheared off in my engine, so many similar complaints, defective? on 2006 Kia Sorento

Are the crankshaft bolts in 2006 Sorentos defective? My car has only done 49,000kms and is serviced by the agent every 5,000kms. The Crankshaft bolt snapped or sheared off and caused major damage. Luckily I was not driving on the highway with the kids in the car at the time. There are so many similar complaints and I suspect these bolts are defective - why are Kia getting away with this?

by in Schenectady, NY on July 04, 2011
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ANSWER by on August 15, 2011
I have an 04 and the bolt snapped and caused major damage. Nothing was covered under the warranty. But I was able to retrieve the bolt when it fell off and I found it to be gold like the old part and not silver like the new one should be. I was able to get the dealer to cover the damages since they claimed it was replaced during the recall. But they did such a shoddy job that my car ended up in worse shape. I did consult a law firm in the beginning to see about filing a class action law suit against KIA for the bolt. I was contacted by the law firm but at the time the dealer had agreed to cover the crankshaft replacement so they did not pursue it. I think you should contact them. I can't recall their name but if you Google KIA class action law suits, you should find them.
COMMENT by on August 16, 2011
Thanks for the information. How old was your car or mileage when the bolt snapped? I contacted my local Consumer Protection Directorate (Kingdom of Bahrain)who then contacted the Kia Agent. The Agent kicked up a fuss at first but eventually were pressured into repairing under the warranty but I still had to pay out a huge chunk for parts which they say were either not related or not in the engine (cover assey timing belt, timing belt, auto tensioner, tensioner pulley, case assey oil filter and lots of others), in the end, I ended up paying around 50% of the original amount of repairs. I wasn't too happy about that but my car was in the garage for a whole month whilst the discussions were going back and forth and I was just glad to get it back. I heard from a friend that his 2006 Sorento has had the engine replaced twice and is on its 3rd engine! I find that quite shocking...
COMMENT by on April 09, 2012
I have had couple sorentos..with no problems at all...maybe im one of the lucky few...
COMMENT by on October 12, 2012
We bought an 06 Sorento, drove it for 7000mi, yes, we had it serviced, the crankshaft bolt broke while driving. kIA dealer says new engine, min repair costs greater than $4000, this car does not have 50,000 miles on it yet. Its been 8 weeks with no resolution in sight so I guess we need to find a lawyer. At this point we would recomend that you not buy kIA