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2003 Kia Sorento Problems and Repair Histories

71 TrueDelta members own a 2003 Kia Sorento. 28 of these members (39.4%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 76 repairs to 2003 Kia Sorentos--an average of 1.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2003 Kia Sorento problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

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Don't infer 2003 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 2003 Kia Sorento repairs by problem area

41% of the 2003 Kia Sorento repairs were to the engine, 22% to the transmission, 3% to the brakes, 14% to the suspension, 16% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, and 4% to the body and trim.

Chart based on 76 repairs.

2003 Kia Sorento repair cost distribution

Of the 2003 Kia Sorento repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 50% cost between $100 and $499, 40% between $500 and $999, 7% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 30 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.

2003 Kia Sorento

Engine not specified

Kia Sorento in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 70000    
71000 550 Headliner was coming down and a new one had to be ordered for replacement. 
 

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2003 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 73000    
74000 330 Two exhaust hangers rusted off, and the additional weight of the exhaust system on both (there are two on this vehicle) flex tubes caused them to flex and rust apart. Saved close to 1K over having the dealer replace parts, by reusing good components! 
 
Kia Sorento in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2009 85560    
91140 330 Check engine light came on - Diagnosed as a faulty throttle position sensor. No after market parts available so a new one was ordered from Kia. Part arrived four days later and was quickly installed. Problem solved. 
91140 300 Sorento stalled in an intersection and would not start - had towed to favourite mechanic - said it was possibly fuel pump but didn't want to replace parts without being sure and since it was running so well at the time, decided to trade for a new one. 
 
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 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 
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 Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 84320    
85560 2700 Transfer case went bad, i have the TOD 4x4 and it would not come out of 4x4 so they removed front driveshaft because repair would have been $4,500. Found used transfer case for $2000 plus $700 labour 
90520 300 had to replace stabalizer arms front and rear. 
96100 500 had to replace upper ball joints, left wheel hub assembly, outer tie rod ends. 
97340 450 Crank sensor went and left me stranded 
108500 220 Blower Transistor resistor, fans would not turn off. 
114700  

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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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2003 Kia Sorento 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

Kia Sorento in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2010 86000    
87000 550 Turned ignition key off, pulled out key, car continued running. Had to pull main fuse and battery to turn car off.  
 

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