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2011 Kia Sorento repairs by problem area

Engine (22%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (34%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 202 repairs.

2011 Kia Sorento repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (65%)

< $100 (15%)

Chart based on 20 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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2011 Kia Sorento

Engine not specified

Kia Sorento in New Mexico, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

5000 mi
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
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

3000 mi
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 KIA says this was due to outdated software.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
Jul 2010 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

3000 mi
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
Aug 2010 - Sep 2015
Sep 2010

6200 mi
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. 
Dec 2010

9300 mi

C $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. 
Jul 2015

66720 mi

C $100
Engine light comes on and off sporadically. Code P0200A (VVT Sensor). Dealer not able to solve problem in approx. 1 year. No performance issues - just the light. Many parts have been replaced. Light still comes on. Still trying to fix. 
Kia Sorento in Alberta, Canada
Aug 2010 - Jul 2014
Oct 2010

2480 mi
Rear wiper motor was defective. Worked intermittantly. Replaced and is now working properly. 
Mar 2011

6820 mi
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 
Jun 2012

24180 mi
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. 
Aug 2013

42160 mi
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. 
Oct 2013

46860 mi
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. 
Nov 2013

48360 mi
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. 
Dec 2013

50840 mi
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. 
Mar 2014

55800 mi
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. 
Jun 2014

59520 mi
Keyfob inoperable. Transmitter failed. New unit ordered and replaced and programmed on warranty. 

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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
May 2010 - Mar 2014
Oct 2010

5000 mi
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 
Feb 2011

10000 mi
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. 
Aug 2012

47500 mi
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. 
Jan 2013

58000 mi
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. 
Feb 2013

59500 mi
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. 
Oct 2013

75700 mi

US $150
Had to replace the brake pads.. 
Feb 2014

82000 mi

US $300
the transmission cooler lines had to be replaced as they were leaking coolant. 
Kia Sorento in New York, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
May 2010

3000 mi

US $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
Feb 2010 - Sep 2013
Jul 2010

3000 mi
replaced all light bulbs on the rear of the car due to some TSB 
Dec 2010

5000 mi
Purge sensor control valve went bad. Ordered new part for replacement to be installed next week under warranty. Purge sensor control valve installed 
Feb 2011

5000 mi
check engine light came on and I was told they had to reset the computer according to a TSB that the manufacturer issued. 
May 2013

18000 mi
windshield wiper on the back hatch was making a loud noise when turned on. 
Kia Sorento in Maine, United States
Feb 2010 - Sep 2012
Nov 2010

10500 mi
drivers window quit half up, half down. Dealer diagnosed bad regulator, ordered part 1-1/2 weeks ago. Replaced today. 

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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
Jan 2010 - Oct 2012
Feb 2010

126 mi
Replaced transmission 
May 2010

5300 mi

US $20
The oil pan was leaking. 

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2011 Kia Sorento Repair Histories

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