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2005 Kia Sorento Problems and Repair Histories

71 TrueDelta members own a 2005 Kia Sorento. 20 of these members (28.2%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 84 repairs to 2005 Kia Sorentos--an average of 1.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2005 Kia Sorento problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2005 Kia Sorento problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2005 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 2005 Kia Sorento repairs by problem area

40% of the 2005 Kia Sorento repairs were to the engine, 14% to the transmission, 6% to the brakes, 10% to the suspension, 26% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 2% to the body and trim, and 1% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 84 repairs.

2005 Kia Sorento repair cost distribution

Of the 2005 Kia Sorento repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 21% cost less than $100, 43% between $100 and $499, 18% between $500 and $999, and 18% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 28 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.

2005 Kia Sorento

Engine not specified

Kia Sorento in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 62000    
64000 700 Rear differential was making a loud humming noise. Investigation found the bearings were pitted and the gears were etched 
 

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2005 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in Great Britain
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 30000    
55300 343 Blocked fuel system and fuel pump. Fuel pump removes and cleaned, fuel lines flushed, fuel filter 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 South Africa
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Replace dashboard clock 
0 Repair cruise control 
0 Repair cruise control 
450 Repair cruise control - replace sensor and clock spring 
76560 310 Air conditioning compressor failed. Replaced with refurbished unit. Disc rotors warped, skimmed front and rear rotors and replaced disk pads. Second time this has been necccessary, same repair done at around 80,000 kms. 
81380 88 Replace top radiator hose after hose split 
98540 500 Air conditioning compressor failed. Replaced with refurbished unit. 
101920 100 Noise in transfer box when accelerating Replace front parking light Universal on front propshaft broke. Propshaft removed and universal joint replaced. 
113480 500 Replace front parking light 
115980 1400 Replaced transfer box - trust bearing faulty 
119620 20 Replaced worn turbocharger Replace leaking water hoses 
131020 700 Replace faulty Aircon pump clutch and pully 
140120 0 Oil seal leaking on transfer case repaired in 2011. Replaced under guantee no charge. 
142600 100 Bearing seized on A/C pump electric clutch. Clutch & Pulley replaced. 
144800 250 Fuel tank lining disintegrated and clogged diesel filter causing power loss and engine check light. Tank inside stripped, cleaned and flushed. Fuel lines flushed and filters replaced. 
151280 100 Repair transfer box electric operating motor, position sensor not working. 
157480 160 EGR valve sticking open causing black smoke and power loss. Inlet manifold removed and cleaned, blanking plate fitted to EGR pipe. 
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 Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2010 138000    
140000 1350 Radiator hoses needed replacement along with water pump. Plus oil system needed help. Old age. 
 
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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2005 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 86000    
127000 215 Replaced both flex pipes in the exhaust. Removed and welded in new flex pipes. 
139000 800 Check Engine Light. Purge valve needed replaced. Leaking hose in vapor recovery system repaired 
161700 2100 Leak in the gas tank at a seam 
165000  
Kia Sorento in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 80000    
93000 320 Replaced pad and rotors. Also played catch up with preventative maintenance including oil change, tire rotation, coolant, power steering, and transmission fluids changed. Bought a diode to get the dome light to work in the "Door" position. It had not worked for several months. Apparently this is a common problem and the new diode fixed it. 
106000 230 The AC died some time in fall of 2009. I did not attempt to get it fixed until July 2010. Alas the attempt failed after a couple of weeks and the AC is dead again. I doubt I'll try again. 
166000  
Kia Sorento in South Africa
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2010 111600    
117800 7000 The no 4 injector was totally damaged and could not be repaired and had to be replaced this was after rust was found in the diesel pump 
120900  
Kia Sorento in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 43400    
43400 800 vehicle was brought in as air conditioning was not blowing cold air. A/C was repaired..warranty.  Tech noticed oil leak on steering rack..replaced..warranty.  Drivers seat belt not retracting everytime...replaced..warranty. Good dealer! 
43400  

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