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2011 Kia Sorento Problems and Repair Histories

163 TrueDelta members own a 2011 Kia Sorento. 79 of these members (48.5%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 166 repairs to 2011 Kia Sorentos--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2011 Kia Sorento problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2011 Kia Sorento problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2011 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 2011 Kia Sorento repairs by problem area

19% of the 2011 Kia Sorento repairs were to the engine, 8% to the transmission, 5% to the brakes, 12% to the suspension, 36% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 11% to the body and trim, and 8% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 166 repairs.

2011 Kia Sorento repair cost distribution

Of the 2011 Kia Sorento repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 30% cost less than $100, 60% between $100 and $499, and 10% between $500 and $999.

Chart based on 10 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2011 Kia Sorento problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2011 Kia Sorento

Engine not specified

Kia Sorento in New Mexico, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2010 4000    
5000 0 loud banging from passenger front tire area. Told at first all do that. second time in the "mounts" were loose" problem back within 2 days 
 
Kia Sorento in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2010 2000    
3000 0 Transmission jolt occured while traveling down the interstate. KIA says this was due to outdated software. They upgraded the software and said no transmission damage occured. 
 

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2011 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

276-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Kia Sorento in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 1000    
3000 0 sunroof needing oiling. 
 

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2011 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

276-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Kia Sorento in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2010 4960    
6200 0 Slow engine oil leak (4-5 drops/day). Defect in silicon gasket application left too little or bubbled silicon at leak site that eventually broke down. Dealer mechanic re-caulked leak site with new silicon gasket material. No further leak. 
9300 70 Slow engine oil leak from September 2010 service reappeared(4-5 drops/day). Suspect defect in silicon gasket application. In for oil change - have to book a separate one day appointment for dealer to trace/fix oil leak problem. 
13640  
Kia Sorento in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2010 1240    
2480 0 Rear wiper motor was defective. Worked intermittantly. Replaced and is now working properly. 
6820 0 March 9th I noticed transmission fluid on driveway. Drove to dealership - close by. Transmission seal at torque converter leading. Ordered replacement unit from USA. Took exceptional length of time to arrive and be installed. NOT HAPPY 
24180 0 Sirius Receiver suddenly quit working. All other components of the system - Navigation etc. continued to function. I tried several times to re-activate my Sirius but was finally told it was a problem with unit. Dealer replaced it. Now OK. 
42160 0 While driving at approx 60 kmh, vehicle lost power, service engine light on. Engine stopped. Pulled over, engine restarted, vehicle into limp mode. Close by dealer. Problem - throttle body replaced. Since, fuel economy vastly improved. 
46860 0 While in for normal service late Sept 2013, technician discovered a leak in drivers side front strut. Replaced under warranty. Also fuel filler door would not always open. Replaced under warranty. Fuel system flushed due to poor mileage. 
48360 0 Drivers side rear door would not open from outside. Replacement parts ordered by dealer but not sufficient to fix problem. Had to return a second day to have repairs completed. 
50840 0 Oil Leak from oil pressure sending unit. The dealership stated they just received a technical service bulletin to commence replacement of the units. They say if it hadn't have leaked, it would have been replaced at the next service. 
55800 0 Drivers exterior door handle failed to function. New mechanism ordered and installed. This is the second occasion where an exterior door handle failed. Previously on the drivers side rear door. 

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2011 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Kia Sorento in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2010 0    
5000 0 the wiring harness was replaced after coming loose while driving. It felt like the transmission fell out of the car. Since the repair was done there is no problem with that aspect of the vehicle but, the front struts are still making noise 
10000 0 All of the A/C vent controls on the vents themselves came apart and fell into the a/c duct work. The dealer doesn't know why this happened but, it looks to be a manufacturing defect. All four a/c vents had to be replaced in the vehicle. 
47500 0 The steering wheel covering separated from the steel frame resulting in loss of a firm grip and ability to have full control of the steering wheel on all areas of the steering wheel itself. 
58000 0 The auto power window switch broke and I took it to the dealer for repair. Part were ordered and I am waiting to have the part installed.  A/C vents were fix again as the control arm broke off of the vents a second time. 
59500 0 After experiencing a forward hestitation/lunge between 27ph and 35mph on downshifts over the past few weeks, I took my vehicle to the dealer. I was told that the transmission was defective and they replaced it. oil pan gasket was leaking. The dealer changed the oil pan gasket and oil. The stabilizer bar was making a noise. After much research it was determined that the left CV joint also needed replacement as the clip was making a crunching noise inside of the unit.Both parts were replaced. 
75700 150 Had to replace the brake pads.. 
82000 300 the transmission cooler lines had to be replaced as they were leaking coolant. 
 
Kia Sorento in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2010 1000    
2500 10 Inspect suspension for cause of knock, thump, on bumps. Dealer can't duplicate problem even though I am telling them the dust covers on shocks are floating on bumps and hitting top housing. 
 

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2011 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Kia Sorento in Alaska, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 0    
3000 0 replaced all light bulbs on the rear of the car due to some TSB 
5000 0 Purge sensor control valve went bad. Ordered new part for replacement to be installed next week under warranty. Purge sensor control valve installed 
5000 0 check engine light came on and I was told they had to reset the computer according to a TSB that the manufacturer issued. 
18000 0 windshield wiper on the back hatch was making a loud noise when turned on. 
 
Kia Sorento in Maine, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 0    
10500 0 drivers window quit half up, half down. Dealer diagnosed bad regulator, ordered part 1-1/2 weeks ago. Replaced today. 
33000  

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2011 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Kia Sorento in South Dakota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2010 0    
0 Replaced transmission 
5300 20 The oil pan was leaking. 
25000  

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