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Kia Sorento Problems and Repair Histories

651 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Kia Sorento. 228 of these members (35%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 506 repairs to Kia Sorentos--an average of 0.8 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Kia Sorento problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Kia Sorento problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Kia Sorento problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Kia Sorento repairs by problem area

30% of the Kia Sorento repairs were to the engine, 10% to the transmission, 7% to the brakes, 11% to the suspension, 27% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 10% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 506 repairs.

Kia Sorento repair cost distribution

Of the Kia Sorento repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 16% cost less than $100, 48% between $100 and $499, 24% between $500 and $999, 10% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 113 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2007 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

262-horsepower 3.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Kia Sorento in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Rotor repair-cost covered by warranty 
28000 0 Defect in passenger air bag sensor. Factory recall. Problem returned in less than a week, then went away before had chance to take it back to the shop. 
30000 0 Corrosion on ESC connectors that caused engine light and ESC OFF lights to come on, and a total loss of power. Dealer cleaned connectors. Appears to be successfully repaired. 
32000 0 Repeat of ESC problem from June. TPS sensor replaced this time. Not resolved, happened again a week later. Not taken back yet. 
34000 0 Repeat of ESC problem, 3rd trip to dealer in 2 months. Vehicle left me sitting at stop light, dealer had to come get me. Sensor in gas pedal replaced this time. So far no repeats of problem. They drove vehicle to shop. No other issues 
46300 0 Replacement of front passenger side wheel bearing 
47000 65 Front passenger rotor. Repaired at purchase by dealer, but recurrence of problem after warranty on part expired. 
120000 480 Worn tie rod end found during repair of wheel bearing Replaced wheel bearing. Noise noticed by owner Replaced upper ball joint. Problem found when wheel bearing replaced 
 

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2005 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

turbocharged 138hp 2.5L I4 Diesel 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Kia Sorento in Great Britain
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 67000    
72000 300 front wheel bearing worn and required replacing 
118000 820 Rear differential was replaced with a second hand one obtained from a scrap dealer. Replaced at a 4x4 specialist not a main dealer. 
124000  

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2005 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

192-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Kia Sorento in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 43000    
47000 200 Accelerator cable was fraying inside its sheath, causing erratic pedal movement. 
48000 10 throttle plate carbon deposits. Dealer claimed to clean and lubricate. 
57000 500 Replaced alternator. 
62000 800 front suspension strut collapse 
 

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2003 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

192-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic AWD w/low range

Kia Sorento in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2009 63000    
64000 0 Over drive off switch failed. Was not properly repaired. 
65000 140 Over drive switch replaced. 
67000 100 Recharge air conditioning. 
82000  
Kia Sorento in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
450 Aftermarket shocks and struts fitted OME (Australia) brand. Much better ride and handling after they were fitted - recommended 
770 timing belt replacement, front differential serviced - shudder from front end when turning. front brakes replaced and rotors surfaced 
31000 1550 Front axle (AWD)bind up when cornering. Axle lubed - seemed to fix problem. 60K service performed at same time also new timing belt.2 weeks after the visit noticed they had drained the AC (both caps missing) - $200 to refill AC - I'm pissed with dealer. 
62000 320 Both headlights have badly darkened lenses purchased new headlights with clear lenses 
62800 290 Replaced both headlights because the headlight lenses had fogged badly. UV maybe? New headlights make the car see better at night and improve the look of the vehicle to like new. 
66000 18 fluid burning smell a month ago - cold weather onset. No visible leaks, found Power steering reservoir was very low. Added Lucas leak sealer fluid. Keeping an eye on the situation. won't go back to Kia dealer as they were incompetent on last repair 
78000 125 Power steering system was leaking badly - had to fill the reservoir every day. Mechanic found the low pressure return hose was leaking and replaced it. 
78000 740 Power steering hose developed a leak again after a couple months. Dealer replaced hoses and refilled power steering system. Steering wheel now crooked - not level when driving straight - and loose. 
81000 0 Leaking again - dealer unable to fix the probelm - traded the car for a 2012 Sportage 
Kia Sorento in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 115000    
115000 0 didnt repair due to cost, needed new front transfer case, part $3200 plus labor, also needed a coolant connector replace, labor 5 hours, again didnt repair due to cost, vehicle donated 
115000 1500 front differential rebuilt, two new tires and battery required to pass state inspection 
205500 450 Replacement right rear wheel bearing and hub. 
230000 150 Exhaust system repair 

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2003 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

192-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Kia Sorento in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Warranty replacement of front differential. Symptom was small oil leak and hot oil odor from oil hitting exhaust pipe. Could not get info about cause or frequency of this problem from dealer. Have since reached over 88K miles with no other problems. 
0 Warranty replacement of gas cap. Symptom: Check Engine light came on after brief engine stumble. Next morning it ran very roughly then normally after a restart. Code scan indicated a small emissions system problem. Dealer said tighten gas cap correctly. 
100000 110 All brake pads replaced due to normal wear. 
110000 130 Code indicating emission problem for sensors Bank 1 & 2. Owner decided Catalytic Converter needed replacement.  Head light bulbs also replaced 
145000  
Kia Sorento in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 74400    
75020 35 Low beams burn out at least every 3-4 months replaced wiring with one that was stated in a TSB- so far so good. 
93000 800 plastic heater hose section broke exhast hanger rusted and caused the y pipe to flex and crack - replaced 
93000 600 Change plugs change out 1 coil rad flush 
 

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