We have a 2003 KIA Sorento that we thoroughly enjoy. We've always kept taken care of the maintenance on our car, but we have driven it a lot of miles. We spent the past two years traveling around the U.S. often pulling a small utility trailer. Recently, when we took it to the dealership for general maintenance at about 100,000 miles, the mechanic said we need to get a new timing chain. This is part of the preventive maintenance program they suggest we follow.
We are wondering: Do we really need to replace the timing chain now? Is that part of KIA's planned obsolescence strategy? Do KIA Sorentos usually lose a timing chain after 100,000 miles?
We're also wondering whether it's time to get another car. Any ideas?