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2013 Kia Sorento repairs by problem area

Engine (15%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (36%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (19%)

Other (10%)

Chart based on 59 repairs.
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2013 Kia Sorento repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (6%)

$100 - $499 (12%)

< $100 (82%)

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Chart based on 49 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2013 Kia Sorento

Engine not specified

Kia Sorento in Mississippi, United States
Aug 2013 - Aug 2013
Aug 2013

14000 mi

US $32
Airconditioner line freezes up after 2-3 hours travel. Have to stop/turn off for 30 minutes or so, then back on, then off. Terrible in Southern heat! 

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2013 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in North Carolina, United States
May 2014 - Apr 2018
Apr 2015

22500 mi
Strut bearing damaged / replaced under warranty 
Nov 2017

54000 mi

US $50
brake disk and pad replacement 
Kia Sorento in Georgia, United States
Nov 2015 - Jul 2018
Nov 2015

37000 mi
Check engine light. Diagnosed 'Intake slid valve failure'. Dealer replaced. 
Jul 2018

40600 mi
Warranty repair faulty wheel speed sensor per service bulletin. 
Kia Sorento in Georgia, United States
Jul 2012 - Jul 2017
Feb 2016

100000 mi

US $70
Heated seat system replaced - problem with wiring grid caused driver side heat to not function. 

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2013 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in New Jersey, United States
May 2012 - Sep 2016
Aug 2013

10400 mi
Trim around panoramic sunroof degraded and tore away. Was concerned that water might start leaking in. Entire sunroof was replaced as trim was not available separately. 
Jan 2016

10200 mi

US $200
Battery died, possibly due to failed alternator. Bad alternator discovered after dead battery was replaced. Water leaking through sunroof which was previously replaced by another dealership under warranty. 
Kia Sorento in Virginia, United States
Apr 2012 - Mar 2015
Oct 2012

7500 mi
Car in shop again. Car will not turn off with keyless ignition;interior lights, NAV, idiot light stays on. Had to lock car with manual key not fob. Dealer says ront panel needs to be removed for wiring problem. First time dealer glued wires. 
Kia Sorento in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2015 - Dec 2017
Aug 2015

45800 mi
Argued for 20,000 miles that the Active ECO light would not always work and that it affected the transmission shifting. They checked it but could not find until the Engine light came on and code for Transmission Temp Sensor. They fixed it. 
Dec 2015

55000 mi
Internal Gas Cap button would not open the gas cap as it should. Dealer got the part and replaced under warranty. 
Jun 2017

74000 mi

US $555
Replaced Left Front Ball Joint and Left Rear Strut also Inspection and Recall fixed for underbody corrosion applied 
Aug 2017

77041 mi

US $106
Rotors started to shimmy the car. - Bought rotors with 2 year warranty from auto store. Kia took the warranty to the store and installed the rotors. 
Kia Sorento in Wisconsin, United States
May 2013 - Sep 2016
Mar 2014

22000 mi
Car would shut off when idling at a stop with the AC running, the idle had to be adjusted. Extreme noise from right front suspension. Very noisy when going over small bumps. 
Kia Sorento in West Virginia, United States
Dec 2014 - Apr 2015
Apr 2015

87000 mi

US $800
Dealer left connections unhooked after replacing alternator in December. Broke one of the connections off during alternator repair. Created leak in ac system during alternator repair. Required new wire harness, evac and recharge with dye. 
Kia Sorento in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2013 - Jun 2018
Oct 2013

14316 mi

US $86
4 Wheel Alignment 
Jan 2014

42000 mi
Driver side mirror cracked spontaneously. 
Feb 2014

20900 mi
Alignment was required, in order to get alignment correct a bolt kit was necessary. 
Aug 2014

38000 mi
Steering wheel started peeling, parts were ordered as they don't normally stock steering wheels. Blower motor for third row seating A/C began making a very obvious squeaking/clicking noise. Parts were ordered under warranty. Steering wheel was peeling. This trip was to have the replacement wheel installed. Third row blower squeaking / clicking. This trip was to replace the ordered part. 
Aug 2017

93500 mi

US $700
AC would intermittently blow warm, driver side ac would blow warm when rest of the car was blowing cool. After being investigated it was found that: 1) One of the AC system hoses was leaking so system need to be recharged after the hose was replaced 2) the evap temp sensor needed to be replaced. Also performed were a couple outstanding Service Bulletins. 
Jun 2018

107000 mi

US $198
The Driverside tail light has failed repeatedly on my Sorento, this is at least the 6th replacement. As I had it into the shop for other routine maintenance I asked that they also replace the lightbulb and take a look at the socket. Apparently Sorentos are notorious for this particular problem, they looked made an adjustment and now it's a waiting game to see how long the bulb lasts. Rear passenger door [handle] broke/snapped off while being opened, needed to be replaced. A few parts were replaced though the handle itself was able to be reused, it was the only piece (saved $112 off the repair bill!) as Kia had redesigned the assembly since my Sorento was manufactured. 
Kia Sorento in Idaho, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2014
Oct 2014

17000 mi
replaced faulty sunroof switch 
Kia Sorento in Colorado, United States
Jan 2013 - Mar 2014
Jun 2013

5000 mi
Replaced idler pulley and water pump. 
Kia Sorento in California, United States
Aug 2012 - May 2016
Dec 2013

16000 mi
Drivers seat cover needed replacing. 

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2013 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in New York, United States
Jun 2015 - Jan 2017
Aug 2015

15100 mi

US $36
AC drain plug due caused water back up in passenger front rug area 
Jan 2017 Brake fluid failed test, needed to flush the fluid. 
Kia Sorento in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2015 - Mar 2016
Sep 2015

45880 mi
2 bearings rotated in bearing journals. new engine installed 
Kia Sorento in California, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2019
Oct 2015

29300 mi

US $200
30k service, fix stuck rear seat (warranty) 
Nov 2015

30100 mi
Replaced malfunctioning backup camera 
May 2017

40000 mi
Replaced hydraulic struts on rear hatch. 
Jun 2019

57000 mi
Valve cover had been seeping oil for years. Dealer relaxed it for free under warranty. 
Kia Sorento in North Carolina, United States
Nov 2012 - Feb 2017
Jan 2013

70000 mi
After 4 separate visits the lever has been replaced and the cables inside the seat were changed. Currently the cable is still not working properly causing me to force the lever often. I need to bring the car back after the holidays. 
May 2013

20000 mi
Back up camera won't shut off in drive. Bluetooth not working properly. Radio being replaced to correct problems. Cruise control not working and power supply outlets cut power off on occasion to my garmin. I will have to bring car back. 
Oct 2013

31000 mi
The lever to the 2nd row passenger seat broke off after being forced because it wouldn't move. Still waiting for part. Possible cause is going to need repair but this dealerships service center likes to drag things out. Cruise control turns on but doesnt set speed. Problem since owned car just wasnt a priority to fix. Having done with another repair. Even after broken lever replaced the seat back is difficult to move. 
Nov 2013

34000 mi
Cruise control fixed. 
Apr 2014

45200 mi
Chk engine light on for emissions leak. Leak couldnt be found. 
Jul 2015

69200 mi

US $125
battery kept dying. have been told by several people it is unusual for a battery to go bad so early. 
Aug 2015

71400 mi
Handles to move seat backs in midde row were never repaired correctly after 1st repair years ago. Since I was leaving car for recall I requested they redo the repair. 
Jul 2016

94300 mi
The CD player and the USB port have stopped working. The lifts for my trunk no longer hold the truck door up either and my tail lights seem to go out more frequently they should also. 
Feb 2017

110000 mi

US $70
Wire harness for head lamp melted. 

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2013 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in Ohio, United States
Jan 2013 - Apr 2018
Mar 2014

18000 mi
Noisy strut bearing. replaced under warrnty 
Dec 2015

46000 mi
Replaced worn battery 
Nov 2016

58000 mi
Seat trim broke. dealer replaced seat trim 
Kia Sorento in New Hampshire, United States
Mar 2014 - Feb 2015
Feb 2015

25000 mi
Engine vibrated at idle while a/c running. ECUADOR was updated. Audio system freezes on occasion 
Kia Sorento in Ohio, United States
Jul 2015 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016

47000 mi

US $350
Increasing rattling from front. Sway bar links worn out. Replaced to eliminate rattle. 

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2013 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
May 2018

112 mi
Kia replacing entire Engine under warranty due to excessive oil usage 2+ quarts in 1000 mi 
Kia Sorento in Illinois, United States
Apr 2014 - Jun 2016
Jun 2016

38000 mi
Rattle coming from cover around right front brake. Fix worked for 2 weeks. Noise returned. 
Kia Sorento in Nebraska, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2016
Aug 2015

29300 mi
AC would freeze up and not work again till thawed, part malfunction, had to order part took 25 days, then kept another 11 days for repair 
Kia Sorento in Illinois, United States
Feb 2013 - Jul 2015
Sep 2014

35000 mi
car would lose power while driving then be ok for a little and do it again. next day hard start and check engine light came on. replaced fuel pump. 

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