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I went to a Kia dealer to test drive a used an automatic Kia Sorento 2015. When I tried to shift the gear liver from Parking to Drive I couldn’t, it just wouldn't move. The salesperson tried as well and couldn’t. Then a mechanic came and opened a little flap that covered a tiny hole next to the gear lever. Then he used a screwdriver to release the gear lever. He advised that I can test drive the vehicle but should not put it back to Parking but leave it in Neutral. He said this will be rectified before the car is sold to me. I did drive the car after that and didn’t detect anything untoward with the gears but am very concerned. Would this indicate a serious fault with the gearbox or is it likely to be something minor like a faulty sensor? Other than that the car is nice and priced low.
The salesperson stressed that any mechanical issue with the gearbox would still be covered by the balance of the 7-year Kia warranty.
 

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You did have your foot on the brake when trying to move the shifter? If not, it won't move.
Yes, I did. I and the salesperson and the mechanic tried but the gear lever wouldn't move.
In your opinion, is this something trivial or an indication of a more serious underlying issue?
The seller is a main Kia dealer and they claim all services are up-to-date so the balance of the Kia warranty should cover any transmission faults should they re-occur in the future. Point is I just want to avoid a vehicle with transmission issues altogether.
 
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