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2004 Kia Sorento repairs by problem area

Engine (52%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (8%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 65 repairs.

2004 Kia Sorento repair cost distribution

$2500+ (8%)

$1000 - $2499 (4%)

$500 - $999 (21%)

$100 - $499 (46%)

< $100 (21%)

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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2004 Kia Sorento

Engine not specified

Kia in Louisiana, United States
Jul 2009 - Mar 2010
Aug 2009

90000 mi

US $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
Oct 2009 - Jun 2011
Nov 2009

77500 mi

A $400
power steering fails to "power" 
Dec 2009

79360 mi
Clutch pedal gets very low - enagagement point inconsistent - like fade. 
Apr 2010

85540 mi

A $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
Oct 2010 - Jun 2011
Dec 2010

166000 mi

US $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
Nov 2010 - Sep 2011
Jul 2011

50820 mi
Front shocks replaced. 
Kia Sorento in California, United States
Mar 2011 - Jul 2011
May 2011

85500 mi

US $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. 
Jul 2011

92000 mi

US $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
Aug 2011 - Oct 2011
Oct 2011

102000 mi

US $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
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

46500 mi

C $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
Nov 2009 - May 2011
Dec 2009

78120 mi

C $325
replace external transmission hose/line. 
Mar 2010

81220 mi

C $370
replaced coolant reservoir (cracked) 
Apr 2011

90520 mi

C $350
rusted brake lines 
May 2011

90520 mi
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
Jul 2007 - Dec 2014
Jul 2007

25000 mi
adjust rear hatch latch 
Aug 2007

26000 mi
replace radiator overflow resevir 
Jan 2008

30000 mi
recall for cooling fan bolts 
Jan 2009

50000 mi
Power steering hose replaced, leaking. 
Jun 2010

73000 mi
Adjusted liftgate latch to eliminate rattle over bumps. The rear passenger door weather seal had to be re-glued to the body.  
Oct 2011

85000 mi

US $100
heater hose leak 
Aug 2013

109500 mi

US $500
Radiator tank split Pass side ball joint loose, made creaking sounds. replaced ball joint. 
Dec 2013

111000 mi
A/C Compressor has failed. 
Dec 2014

116000 mi
Vibration from drivetrain at 68 to 70 MPH. It felt like it may be expensive to fix but that is just a guess. I sold it "as is". A/C compressor never replaced. 
Kia Sorento in New York, United States
Jan 2011 - Aug 2013
Mar 2011

83000 mi

US $377
replaceed y pipe and gaskets 
Apr 2011

85674 mi

US $100
Replaced fuel tank and fuel sending unit 
Apr 2012

126300 mi

US $50
Replace left wheel bearing 
Feb 2013

146500 mi

US $50
Front exhaust y pipe flex section removed and replaced. 
Mar 2013

148000 mi

US $450
replaced upper left control arm, bad ball joint, replace front struts and rear shocks 

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2004 Kia Sorento Repair Histories

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