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2008 Kia Sorento repairs by problem area

Engine (31%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (6%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (42%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 48 repairs.
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2008 Kia Sorento repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (10%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (28%)

< $100 (50%)

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Chart based on 40 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2008 Kia Sorento

Engine not specified

Kia Sorento in North Carolina, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2011
Jan 2011

US $2000
Transmission went out at 64,000 miles. Car would not go forward nor in reverse. Had to replace transmission. 

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2008 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

turbocharged 168hp 2.5L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Kia Sorento in Queensland, Australia
Nov 2010 - May 2015
Jul 2012

47620 mi
Oil leak from intercooler pipe 
Kia Sorento in Romania
Nov 2010 - Sep 2017
Jul 2012

40700 mi
A/C compressor leaking 
Aug 2015

80600 mi

$150
Front propeller shaft 2 x U joints 
Mar 2016

89900 mi

$1000
A/C compressor replacement A/C Electric Fan replacement A/C recharge 
Dec 2016

99820 mi

$100
mode actuator replaced 
Sep 2017

106640 mi

$700
Front wheel bearings , uperr control arms, shock absorbers, lower arm ball joints and bushes, stabilizer bar bushes and links, tie roads, All replacement are made for both front sides (left and right). 
Kia Sorento in Great Britain
May 2009 - Jun 2011
Nov 2009

19000 mi
Rear Differential replaced under warranty. 
Kia Sorento in Great Britain
Nov 2009 - Oct 2011
Sep 2009

10000 mi
Cruise control wouldn't stay engaged. Software update under warranty. 
Feb 2011

19300 mi
Windscreen icing up on the inside. Workshop found that AC drain pipe had been fitted upside down allowing a small amount of moisture into cabin. While car was in was advised of a service campaign to update ECU for turbo speed control. Wasn't aware of anything from driving the car. 

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2008 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

turbocharged 168hp 2.5L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

Kia Sorento in Switzerland
Jun 2018 - Jul 2018
Jul 2018

86800 mi
I didn't do anything but change a few bulbs and mess with the HVAC accentuature door so AC would blow at the face and not on the defrost mode. 
Kia Sorento in Great Britain
Nov 2010 - Dec 2017
May 2011

22000 mi
Headlamp washer relay switch stopped operating - replaced. 
Jun 2011

21000 mi
Headlamp washer motor and relay replaced under warranty. 
Jun 2012

30000 mi
Noticed no turbo power on pulling away. Dealer checked it out and replaced primary fuel pump and fuel filter assembly. Now running like a bird again! 
Apr 2013

34300 mi
Rear parking sensors just packed up - no reason! 
May 2013

35000 mi
New rear parking sensor kit ordered by dealer and fitted - now all up and working again! 
Jun 2015

42000 mi

£420
Turbo failure condenser leaking. it's rarely hot here, so no rush to fix it. 
Jul 2016

44200 mi

£300
A/c condensor leaking. New non OEM unit fitted. 

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2008 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

262-horsepower 3.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Kia Sorento in Georgia, United States
Mar 2014 - Mar 2015
Sep 2014

73000 mi

US $200
Alternartor failure 

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2008 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

262-horsepower 3.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Kia Sorento in Colorado, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2015
Apr 2011

32000 mi
Throttle position sensor replaced. 
May 2013

52700 mi

US $50
O2 sensor failed 
Dec 2014

75000 mi

US $150
Button automatic climate Control not working 

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2008 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

262-horsepower 3.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Kia Sorento in New York, United States
Sep 2015 - Sep 2015
Sep 2015

62000 mi

US $650
Gradual failure of various accessories, bad ECM. 
Kia Sorento in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2017 - Mar 2018
Jan 2018

109000 mi
ABS/ESC lamp on. Possibly occurred after running into deep pothole in highway 
Kia Sorento in Missouri, United States
Mar 2014 - Jan 2018
Feb 2015

49900 mi

US $150
Rear wiper motor would not stop, even with the key out of the ignition. Started over 2 yrs ago and it was never really fixed it had a mind of it's own seemed like. I disconnected the battery to make it stop. They finally replaced the wiper motor. 

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2008 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

242-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Kia Sorento in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2011 - Jul 2011
Jul 2011

36000 mi
Vehicle slammed into gear. Low idle, sometimes failed to start on first attempt. 
Kia Sorento in Texas, United States
Jun 2013 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

50000 mi
brake light switch had to be replaced. Bought the part at Advanced Auto Parts. headlight bulb went out The AC quit blowing. An auto tech teacher hit the reset button and it worked for another month. It is no longer working. Will have it looked at tomorrow. I am on a road trip. :/ 
Kia Sorento in Qatar
Jul 2012 - Dec 2012
Aug 2012

48360 mi
I wash my car and having alternator problem, well its fixed in warranty 
Kia Sorento in Georgia, United States
Oct 2010 - Feb 2014
May 2010

15580 mi
Brake pedal switch had to be replaced. Releasing the pedal did not deactivate the brake lights leaving them continuously on draining battery when car was parked, (in addition to the safety issue) 
Dec 2013

59000 mi

US $346
1 week after warranty expired check engine light cam on, Oxygen Sensor had to be replaced 
Feb 2014

60000 mi
Humming Noise was being heard coming from the rear of SUV. Rear Differential Assembly needs to be replaced. Rear Differential Repair Dealer quoted 1850.00 N Metro Atlanta. Pricing other. 

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2008 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

242-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Kia Sorento in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2016 - Jul 2018
Jul 2017

88000 mi

US $300
Rotors & pads front 
Kia Sorento in Colorado, United States
Apr 2012 - Jun 2018
Jan 2013

72700 mi

US $100
Driver's side downstream O2 sensor replaced. 
Jul 2014

75000 mi

US $250
Replaced shocks and struts. They weren't leaking, but the system was no longer critically damped. 
Aug 2014

75500 mi

US $580
Replaced brake master cylinder. 
Jul 2015

83000 mi

US $1000
front left wheel bearing was failing and was replaced right downstream O2 sensor was replaced engine/transmission operating in reduced power/limp home mode. accelerator position sensor replaced 
Jun 2017

102000 mi

US $10
ESC Off light was illuminating. Replaced stoplight switch. 
Jun 2018

105000 mi

US $800
Timing cover and oil pan leaking oil 
Kia Sorento in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2011 - Jun 2012
May 2012

19300 mi
check engine light on and esc light on with reduced engine power. dealer replaced accelerator position sensor for code p2106 and p2138 and applied stabilant 22a. 

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2007.5 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

262-horsepower 3.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Kia Sorento in New South Wales, Australia
Nov 2010 - Jun 2012
Mar 2012

63860 mi

A $250
Abs controller replacement. Light on Speed sensor N/W check engine light on Mechanic cannot clear ABS light and now check engine light on again. Will try another mechanic 

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