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2005 Kia Sorento repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (13%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 118 repairs.

2005 Kia Sorento repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (16%)

$500 - $999 (19%)

$100 - $499 (44%)

< $100 (22%)

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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2005 Kia Sorento

Engine not specified

Kia Sorento in California, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2011
Aug 2010

64000 mi

US $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
Feb 2009 - Apr 2011
Jan 2011

55300 mi

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
May 2005 - Dec 2015
Sep 2005

9300 mi
Replace dashboard clock 
Aug 2006

18600 mi
Repair cruise control 
Apr 2008

55800 mi
Repair cruise control 
Aug 2008

63240 mi

R 450
Repair cruise control - replace sensor and clock spring 
Sep 2009

74400 mi

R 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. 
Jan 2010

79980 mi

R 88
Replace top radiator hose after hose split 
Nov 2010

98540 mi

R 500
Air conditioning compressor failed. Replaced with refurbished unit. 
Jan 2011

103540 mi

R 100
Noise in transfer box when accelerating Replace front parking light Universal on front propshaft broke. Propshaft removed and universal joint replaced. 
Jul 2011

112580 mi

R 500
Replace front parking light 
Aug 2011

114080 mi

R 1400
Replaced transfer box - trust bearing faulty 
Oct 2011

119040 mi

R 1800
Replace leaking water hoses Replaced worn turbocharger 
May 2012

131020 mi

R 700
Replace faulty Aircon pump clutch and pully 
Sep 2012

140120 mi
Oil seal leaking on transfer case repaired in 2011. Replaced under guantee no charge. 
Mar 2013

142600 mi

R 100
Bearing seized on A/C pump electric clutch. Clutch & Pulley replaced. 
Apr 2013

144800 mi

R 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. 
Nov 2013

151280 mi

R 100
Repair transfer box electric operating motor, position sensor not working. 
Mar 2014

157480 mi

R 160
EGR valve sticking open causing black smoke and power loss. Inlet manifold removed and cleaned, blanking plate fitted to EGR pipe. 
May 2014

162880 mi

R 500
Aircon pump failed. Problem traced to failed fan at front of radiator, not replaced in previous repair. Pump and fan replaced, regassed. 
Sep 2014

168020 mi

R 280
Alternator not charging. Replaced regulator, diodes, bearing & alternator clutch and pulley 
Dec 2014

171120 mi

R 200
4 broken studs on exhaust manifold. All studs and nuts replaced. 
Mar 2015

173600 mi

R 15
Top radiator hose leaking, replaced 
Nov 2015

185620 mi

R 200
Rear shock absorber leaking oil. Replaced both 
Kia Sorento in Great Britain
Jan 2009 - Jun 2011
Apr 2009

72000 mi

front wheel bearing worn and required replacing 
Mar 2011

118000 mi

Rear differential was replaced with a second hand one obtained from a scrap dealer. Replaced at a 4x4 specialist not a main dealer. 

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2005 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

192-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Kia Sorento in Virginia, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

140000 mi

US $1350
Radiator hoses needed replacement along with water pump. Plus oil system needed help. Old age. 
Kia Sorento in Florida, United States
Jan 2009 - Jan 2011
Mar 2009

47000 mi

US $200
Accelerator cable was fraying inside its sheath, causing erratic pedal movement. 
Jun 2009

48000 mi

US $10
throttle plate carbon deposits. Dealer claimed to clean and lubricate. 
Apr 2010

57000 mi

US $500
Replaced alternator. 
Jun 2010

62000 mi

US $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
Feb 2009 - Jan 2016
Mar 2011

127000 mi

US $215
Replaced both flex pipes in the exhaust. Removed and welded in new flex pipes. 
Sep 2011

139000 mi

US $800
Check Engine Light. Purge valve needed replaced. Leaking hose in vapor recovery system repaired 
Oct 2012

161700 mi

US $2100
Leak in the gas tank at a seam 
Nov 2014

197700 mi

US $240
Coolant leaking from hose at rear of engine compartment 
Oct 2015

211700 mi

US $160
Radiator and upper hose replaced 
Kia Sorento in Ohio, United States
Jan 2009 - Aug 2015
Sep 2009

93000 mi

US $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. 
Jul 2010

106000 mi

US $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. 
Nov 2013

159700 mi

US $16
Replaced headlight. 
Dec 2013

161000 mi

US $16
Replaced headlight. 
Mar 2014

166000 mi

US $16
Replaced headlight. 
Oct 2014

173500 mi

US $20
I replaced the passenger side headlight. Frequent headlight replacements are a known issue with this era of Sorento. 
Dec 2014

178000 mi

US $25
Replaced drivers side headlight bulb 
Mar 2015

179000 mi

US $20
Replaced drivers side headlight 
Kia Sorento in South Africa
Sep 2010 - Jan 2011
Nov 2010

117800 mi

R 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 
Kia Sorento in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2010 - Apr 2011
Sep 2010

43400 mi

C $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! 

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2005 Kia Sorento Repair Histories

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