2005 Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2005

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2005 Kia Sorento repairs by problem area

Engine (41%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (12%)

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 123 repairs.
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2005 Kia Sorento engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (9%)

$100 - $499 (36%)

< $100 (40%)

Chart based on 47 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

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 

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2005 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

turbocharged 138hp 2.5L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

108500 mi

R 500
Replaced heater core inder dash. 
44000 mi

Blocked fuel system and fuel pump. Fuel pump removes and cleaned, fuel lines flushed, fuel filter replaced. 

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2005 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

turbocharged 138hp 2.5L I4 Diesel 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

107000 mi

replaced idler pulley of aux belt. installed super locker mod to override the tod system if needed. 
73460 mi

Knocking engine noise on the timing chain cover. Replaced timing chain, chain tensioner and timing chain guide. 
110360 mi

New clutch assembly installed, due to slipping clutch. 
79980 mi

R 88
Replace top radiator hose after hose split Replace top radiator hose after hose split 
119020 mi

R 20
Replace leaking water hoses Replaced worn turbocharger Replaced worn turbocharger Replace leaking water hoses 
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. 
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. 
171120 mi

R 200
4 broken studs on exhaust manifold. All studs and nuts replaced. 
173600 mi

R 15
Top radiator hose leaking, replaced 

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2005 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

192-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

89000 mi

US $550
replaced radiator 
101000 mi

US $75
radiator reservoir cracked, replaced 
105000 mi

US $1528
bad water pump, also replaced timing belt 
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

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. 
140000 mi

US $1350
Radiator hoses needed replacement along with water pump. Plus oil system needed help. Old age. 
127000 mi

US $250
Replacement of head gasket and seals for oil leakage. Replacement of spark plugs. 
47000 mi

US $200
Accelerator cable was fraying inside its sheath, causing erratic pedal movement. 
48000 mi

US $10
throttle plate carbon deposits. Dealer claimed to clean and lubricate. 

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2005 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

80000 mi

US $40
Replaced lower radiator hose  
97000 mi

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

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2005 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

192-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

127000 mi

US $215
Replaced both flex pipes in the exhaust. Removed and welded in new flex pipes. 
139000 mi

US $800
Check Engine Light. Purge valve needed replaced. Leaking hose in vapor recovery system repaired 
160800 mi

US $2100
Leak in the gas tank at a seam 
197600 mi

US $240
Coolant leaking from hose at rear of engine compartment 
211500 mi

US $160
Radiator and upper hose replaced 
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. 
109740 mi

C $45
Replaced the tensioner pulley for the alternator belt (was beginning to make a squealing sound) 
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. 
91000 mi Crankcase sensor failed. Purchased new to be installed shortly. 
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 

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2005 Kia Sorento 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel automatic 4WD

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. 
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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