Not sure if this is a GQ or an IMHO-
I bought a 2005 Kia Sportage in December, and I’ve had a problem that the shop doesn’t seem able to fix. The long and short of it is, the truck loses power to the point of being completely undriveable. The first time I brought it in, they said it was the throttle position sensor and replaced it. Went on my way, a few weeks later it repeated. Had it towed, second verse same as the first- this time they said it was something with the onboard computer system but it was all taken care of now. Drove it off. 4 weeks later? BAM. Happened again on Friday. This is strike 3 for the exact same problem and (according to the websites I’ve referenced) their last shot at fixing it.
My question is has anyone ever had to do this whole lemon law thing? Is it something that requires a lawyer or is it a pretty straightforward process? By the sounds, if the repair fails this time (the third time), I should file a Motor Vehicle Defect Notification with the dealer, which gives them 10 days to either make one last effort to fix the issue or to waive that attempt and let the case go on to arbitration. If it fails again after the last attempt to fix (the 4th total), then the case proceeds to the arbitration board and they determine if the car qualifies.
Any thoughts or advice on this? I know- document, document, document- we’re doing that. But anything else? What a mess. I love the truck otherwise, but man, I can’t be getting stranded on the side of the freaking freeway with it. Personally I think on a new vehicle, 3 (actually 4) attempts to fix the problem is way too much.