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2005 Kia Sorento repairs by problem area

Engine (40%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (13%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (30%)

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

Other (2%)

Chart based on 120 repairs.
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2005 Kia Sorento repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (16%)

$100 - $499 (35%)

< $100 (39%)

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Chart based on 106 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2005 Kia Sorento

Engine not specified

Kia Sorento in New York, United States
Apr 2011 - May 2012
May 2012

100000 mi

US $200
alternator burnout driver side window inoperable 

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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

Blocked fuel system and fuel pump. Fuel pump removes and cleaned, fuel lines flushed, fuel filter replaced. 
Kia Sorento in South Africa
Nov 2011 - Sep 2012
May 2012

103580 mi

R 3000
Left front wheel bearing worn out. Also damaged the hub. Parts had to be imported from Korea. 
Sep 2012

108500 mi

R 500
Replaced heater core inder dash. 

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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 Great Britain
Jul 2011 - Jun 2013
Aug 2011

104000 mi

electric power steering intermited stiff caused by dodgy speed sensor. 
Oct 2011

107000 mi

replaced idler pulley of aux belt. installed super locker mod to override the tod system if needed. 
Jan 2012

109000 mi

Automatic sump rusted through and started to leak automatic transmission fluid. Replaced with new sump, gasket and added about 6 litres of Apolloil ATF Red 1 automatic transmission fluid. 
May 2013

117000 mi

Bearings alternator shot. Replaced alternator with second hand one from eBay. 
Kia Sorento in South Africa
May 2005 - Apr 2016
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. Air conditioning compressor failed. Replaced with refurbished unit. 
Jan 2010

79980 mi

R 88
Replace top radiator hose after hose split Replace top radiator hose after hose split 
Nov 2010

98740 mi

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

103540 mi

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

112180 mi

R 500
Replace front parking light 
Aug 2011

114080 mi

R 1400
Replaced transfer box - trust bearing faulty - with spare. Sent original case out for repair, took two months. Replaced transfer box - trust bearing faulty 
Oct 2011

119020 mi

R 20
Replace leaking water hoses Replaced worn turbocharger Noisy transfer box repaired, chain and shaft replaced. Re-installed in car. Replaced worn turbocharger Replace leaking water hoses 
May 2012

131220 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

143600 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

160480 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

185320 mi

R 200
Rear shock absorber leaking oil. Replaced both 
Kia Sorento in Spain
Nov 2014 - Jun 2018
Aug 2015

102920 mi

Clutch cylinder needed to be replaced. 
Jun 2017

110360 mi

New clutch assembly installed, due to slipping clutch. 
Kia Sorento in Philippines
Apr 2010 - Sep 2018
Apr 2011

26660 mi

AC fan noisy. Repaired to prevent overheating. 
Nov 2011

31000 mi

Replaced noisy alternator pulley and thinning brake pads 
Jan 2012

33480 mi

Replace front wheel hub bearing because of noise on low speed (40-60) kph 
Mar 2014

50220 mi

Drivability problem. Vehicle unstable on curve and makes a sound on sudden bumps. Stabilizer bar bushing replaced. 
Jan 2015

66800 mi

Braking at 100kph above has a feeling of chopping.We found that right rear brake does not have fluid in line. Replaced brake proportioning valve. 
Oct 2016

73460 mi

Knocking engine noise on the timing chain cover. Replaced timing chain, chain tensioner and timing chain guide. 
Sep 2018

93000 mi

Rattle and noise on approach on humps in front of vehicle. Replaced tie rod, Upper and lower arm assembly. Also replaced all brake pads, replaced fuel and air filter, oil change and replace front struts and shock absorbers. 
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 manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

Kia Sorento in New York, United States
Apr 2011 - Mar 2014
Jun 2011

85000 mi

US $250
had exhaust flex pipe replaced 
Aug 2011

89000 mi

US $550
replaced radiator 
Aug 2012

96000 mi

US $1500
condenser failed 
Dec 2012

101000 mi

US $75
radiator reservoir cracked, replaced 
Feb 2013

101500 mi

US $350
rear brake lines blew a hole 
Aug 2013

105000 mi

US $1528
bad water pump, also replaced timing belt new e-brake shoes, cable replacement 
Sep 2013

105000 mi
engine skipping, cam tensioners worn, replaced at no charge 

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2005 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

192-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Kia Sorento in Puerto Rico
Mar 2011 - May 2013
Jul 2011

103500 mi
Water leak thru front windshield. Technician said the leak is due to separation of steel panels welds. 
Mar 2013

127000 mi

US $250
Replacement of head gasket and seals for oil leakage. Replacement of spark plugs. 
May 2013

127000 mi
Water leak at windshield. 
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 
Kia Sorento in California, United States
Oct 2014 - Jun 2016
Jan 2015

US $500
replaced drive shaft due worn Ujoints 2nd replacement replaced all wheel bearings front and rear with abs system original rear bearings were much easier to replace than the front. front bearing worn out twice as fast as rear replaced with new hub assy i do not recommend bearing only repair 
Kia Sorento in Oklahoma, United States
Aug 2015 - Sep 2015
Sep 2015

132000 mi

US $120
It would start to overheat, shut down and I found that the nipple on top of radiator was broke off and had a screw inserted,the hose was also plugged, the y on back of eng.was melted,no water,replaced radiator,Y and a few lines and it's ok. 
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 
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. 

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2005 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

192-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD w/low range

Kia Sorento in South Africa
Aug 2011 - Sep 2012
Oct 2011

76880 mi

R 300
Crankshaft bolt came loose 1800 km after major service was done. Cause:Old crankshaft bolt was re-used although the procedure states that bolt must be replaced when removed!! 
Kia Sorento in Arizona, United States
May 2010 - Sep 2011
Nov 2010

80000 mi

US $40
Interior bulb and tails lights keep going out and replaced one headlight Replaced lower radiator hose  
Mar 2011

83000 mi

US $350
Replaced altenator 
Aug 2011

97000 mi

US $200
Ac clutch  crank sprocket replaced. Overheating/Replaced reservoir. Seam on orig reservoir separated. Overheating: Could not locate problem Overheating/Replaced hose clamps. Overheating/Replaced water pump. 
Sep 2011

97000 mi
Overheated now wont start. Can't locate problem. Car has been sitting for a month after having continued overheating, replaced all possible problematic parts w/o resolution. Won't start post water pump. 

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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 Ontario, Canada
Jul 2014 - Mar 2016
Aug 2014

97120 mi

C $32
During a visit to my mechanic, he noted the right outer tie rod in need of replacing; purchased the part and replaced myself Parking brake lever on rear axle was seized, causing only one (right side) set of shoes to engage; I removed the manual lever and cleaned it of rust and debris, lubed it and placed it back on. 
Dec 2015

109740 mi

C $45
Replaced the tensioner pulley for the alternator belt (was beginning to make a squealing sound) 
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! 
Kia Sorento in Michigan, United States
Aug 2011 - Jan 2012
Sep 2011

80000 mi

US $2
Crankshaft pulley bolt, broke in half, caused a lot of damage water pump, and so on. KIA should recall this part as it as happens a lot to Kia Sorento, all years it cost me $1474 to fix this mess,for a $ 10.00 part. 
Kia Sorento in South Africa
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Sep 2008

50530 mi
Propshaft repair 
Kia Sorento in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2014 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

91760 mi

C $600
Both front wheel bearings replaced. LF had been replaced 2 years earlier. 
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

160800 mi

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

197600 mi

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

211500 mi

US $160
Radiator and upper hose replaced 
Kia Sorento in California, United States
Jul 2013 - Jul 2015
Oct 2013

90200 mi

US $2200
Loss of coolant due to bad design of system. New heads, pistons, bearings,r&r of block, new timing belt, bolt. New temp sensors. Water coolant line failed at tank. Sensor not able to measure temp due to poor design location. 
Feb 2014

91000 mi
Crankcase sensor failed. Purchased new to be installed shortly. 
Apr 2014

91500 mi
ECM & eng fuse relay box replaced. AC/ high switch causing blown fuses in INJ fuse. Issue is endemic to kia sorento 2003-2006 shows DTC CODE OF crankcase sensor. ECM CONTINUES TO EXHIBIT UNUSUAL SIDE EFFECTS AFTER ENG ISSUE AS NOTED IN PAST Parts replaced. ECM and Fuse relay 
Jul 2015

104000 mi
Entire sensor system started breaking down, wiring throughout engine and entire vehicle started crumbling apart. This is not a repair problem, it's systemic, and common with the 2003-2006 Sorento. 
Kia Sorento in Minnesota, United States
Mar 2014 - Jul 2014
Jul 2014

108000 mi

US $300
Replace a/c compressor 
Kia Sorento in Ohio, United States
Jan 2009 - Aug 2015
Sep 2009

93000 mi

US $20
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

159600 mi

US $16
Replaced headlight. 
Dec 2013

161000 mi

US $16
Replaced headlight. 
Mar 2014

166000 mi

US $16
Replaced headlight. 
Oct 2014

172200 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 

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2005 Kia Sorento 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel automatic 4WD

Kia Sorento in Great Britain
Sep 2014 - Dec 2016
Nov 2014

79600 mi
ok was diagnosed with tank delamination! replaced tank cleaned fuel lines replaced fuel filter after replacing tank the car then kept stalling again and became hard to start. they checked for injector problems and changed only one injector! they kept it for over a month but now it doesn't start. will try a diesel specialist to get it fixed. 
Mar 2015

81000 mi

turns out i had a faulty injector dump valve this was my fault!! the kia garage had the car 1.5 months and couldnt sort this out!! these specialists did the job in one day back on the road better than ever! 

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2004.5 Kia Sorento 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

Kia in South Australia, Australia
Oct 2015 - Oct 2016
Oct 2016

155000 mi

A $1
Many problems. Crank shaft pulley, crank bolt (old one sheared off and had to be extracted), cam angle sensor, crank angle sensor, timing belt... Car died while driving. Half tank of gas and fuel warning light comes on or gauge shows empty. 

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