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2004 Kia Sorento Problems and Repair Histories

56 TrueDelta members own a 2004 Kia Sorento. 21 of these members (37.5%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 48 repairs to 2004 Kia Sorentos--an average of 0.9 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2004 Kia Sorento problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2004 Kia Sorento problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2004 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 2004 Kia Sorento repairs by problem area

58% of the 2004 Kia Sorento repairs were to the engine, 8% to the transmission, 6% to the brakes, 15% to the suspension, 4% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 4% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 48 repairs.

2004 Kia Sorento repair cost distribution

Of the 2004 Kia Sorento repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 21% cost less than $100, 46% between $100 and $499, 21% between $500 and $999, 4% between $1000 and $2499, and 8% more than $2500.

Chart based on 24 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.

2004 Kia Sorento

Engine not specified

Kia in Louisiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2009 82000    
90000 45 There was a leak in the coolant plastic reservoir. Replaced with a better factory replacement. 
 

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2004 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

192-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

Kia Sorento in Northern Territory, Australia
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 75640    
77500 400 power steering fails to "power" 
79360 0 Clutch pedal gets very low - enagagement point inconsistent - like fade. 
85540 250 Heater hose fitting into block failed (plastic! - perished) requiring replacement at my cost as the veh is out of warranty. Took 3 days for Kia to provide the part to my repairer. 
 

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2004 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

192-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

Kia Sorento in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2010 164000    
166000 50 Burning smell coming from engine compartment. Seemed as though coolant smell was also evident. Found burning insulation near exhaust manifold. 
 
Kia Sorento in Ghana
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2010 45880    
50820 0 Front shocks replaced. 
52080  
Kia Sorento in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 81000    
85500 3000 ICV recall...butterfly screw came loose and damaged the number 6 valves and piston head. Had to take engine apart to find out about the recall. Had head resurfaced, new gaskets, new ICV and put back together. After ICV was replaced, the engine was in safe mode and chewed up 1/4 tank of gas for 60 miles. We were told that all 3 cat converters were toast. $1600 thru shop, quoted $4000+ thru dealer. Should be done 4 more business days. 
92000 400 Timing was off and shop replaced belt and fixed it. A day later it went back into the shop because the passenger side head gasket is blown. 
Kia Sorento in Louisiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2011 100000    
102000 268 Complete belt change out. 

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2004 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2010 45260    
46500 800 RH outer CV Joint Bearings shot. They could not get it apart, b/c of rust in outer spline. Had RF Drivetrain replaced. used. I took old unit home and inspected. found no sign of attempt to dissassemble with a little heat I got it apart. 
 
Kia Sorento in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2009 76880    
78120 325 replace external transmission hose/line. 
81220 370 replaced coolant reservoir (cracked) 
90520 350 rusted brake lines 
90520 0 Lots of rust. Also looked like repairs for regular maintenance (timing belt, differential and transmission fluid changes) as well as a feeling that the drive train will need work resulted in costs that would exceed the value of the vehicle. 
Kia Sorento in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 adjust rear hatch latch 
0 replace radiator overflow resevir 
0 recall for cooling fan bolts 
0 Power steering hose replaced, leaking. 
73000 0 Adjusted liftgate latch to eliminate rattle over bumps. The rear passenger door weather seal had to be re-glued to the body.  
85000 100 heater hose leak 
109500 500 Radiator tank split Pass side ball joint loose, made creaking sounds. replaced ball joint. 
111000  
Kia Sorento in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2011 77000    
83000 377 replaceed y pipe and gaskets 
87700 100 Replaced fuel tank and fuel sending unit 
126300 50 Replace left wheel bearing 
146500 50 Front exhaust y pipe flex section removed and replaced. 
148000 450 replaced upper left control arm, bad ball joint, replace front struts and rear shocks 
 

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