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2003 Kia Sorento 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 79 repairs to 2003 Kia Sorentos--an average of 1.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Chart based on 79 repairs.

2003 Kia Sorento repair cost distribution

Chart based on 32 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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2003 Kia Sorento

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Kia Sorento in Texas, United States
May 2009 - Mar 2010
71000 mi US $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
May 2009 - Mar 2010
74000 mi US $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
Jul 2009 - Feb 2010
91140 mi C $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   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
Apr 2009 - Sep 2011
63000 mi   Over drive off switch failed. Was not properly repaired. 
65000 US $140 Over drive switch replaced. 
67500   Recharge air conditioning. 
Kia Sorento in Virginia, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2014
115000 mi   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 US $1500 front differential rebuilt, two new tires and battery required to pass state inspection 
205500   Replacement right rear wheel bearing and hub. 
230000   Exhaust system repair 
Kia Sorento in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2006 - Mar 2012
35000 mi US $450 Aftermarket shocks and struts fitted OME (Australia) brand. Much better ride and handling after they were fitted - recommended 
61000   timing belt replacement, front differential serviced - shudder from front end when turning. front brakes replaced and rotors surfaced 
31000   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   Both headlights have badly darkened lenses purchased new headlights with clear lenses 
63000   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   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   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   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   Leaking again - dealer unable to fix the probelm - traded the car for a 2012 Sportage 
Kia Sorento in Ontario, Canada
May 2009 - Jan 2013
85560 mi C $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   had to replace stabalizer arms front and rear. 
96100   had to replace upper ball joints, left wheel hub assembly, outer tie rod ends. 
97340   Crank sensor went and left me stranded 
108500   Blower Transistor resistor, fans would not turn off. 

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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
Apr 2005 - Jun 2013
35000 mi   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. 
48400   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 US $110 All brake pads replaced due to normal wear. 
110000   Code indicating emission problem for sensors Bank 1 & 2. Owner decided Catalytic Converter needed replacement.  Head light bulbs also replaced 
144000   Airbag warning light on. No diagnosis, no repair. 
Kia Sorento in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2009 - Apr 2013
75020 mi C $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   plastic heater hose section broke exhast hanger rusted and caused the y pipe to flex and crack - replaced 
93000   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
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
87000 mi US $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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