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Expensive Kia Sorento repairs by problem area

Engine (56%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (20%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (11%)

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

Other (0%)

Chart based on 66 repairs.
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Kia Sorento repair cost distribution

$2500+ (47%)

$1000 - $2499 (53%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (0%)

< $100 (0%)

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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.

2011 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

71920 mi

C $450
replaced drivers-side ball joint rear brake pads and calipers replaced 
96720 mi

C $775
Front strut bearings were rough and binding. Replaced. Front CV boots were cracked and leaking grease. Replaced boots. 
109120 mi

C $1300
Steering whining noise detected, was leaking steering fluid. Determined it was a leak in the steering rack. Replaced rack with KIA OEM part (was actually cheaper than non-OEM option) and did front end wheel alignment. 
112840 mi

C $560
banging in front passenger side when hitting bumps. Replaced front passenger side strut, mount and wheel bearing 
113925 mi

C $700
replaced rear brake pads and rotors Right front axle boot torn, axle grinding and had excessive play 

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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

80600 mi

$150
Front propeller shaft 2 x U joints 
89900 mi

$1000
A/C compressor replacement A/C Electric Fan replacement A/C recharge 
99820 mi

$100
mode actuator replaced 
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). 

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2008 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

42000 mi

£420
Turbo failure condenser leaking. it's rarely hot here, so no rush to fix it. 
44200 mi

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

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2008 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

86800 mi

US $100
Driver's side downstream O2 sensor replaced. 
75000 mi

US $250
Replaced shocks and struts. They weren't leaking, but the system was no longer critically damped. 
75500 mi

US $580
Replaced brake master cylinder. 
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 
105000 mi

US $800
Timing cover and oil pan leaking oil 

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2007 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

151360 mi

$2000
Engine overheated and caused the need for an engine job to be done.  I also changed the turbo-charger. 

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2007 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

77000 mi

£1000
ABS light came on. Abs module ordered and replaced. 

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2007 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

48000 mi

US $1400
Transfer case was leaking, causing a clunk when stopping or starting. Repair included R&R of transfer case, trans pan gasket, and fluid flush of transmission. 
98000 mi

US $1300
Front wheel bearings froze and stopped the 4wdLow from engaging. Transfer Case Control Module had to be replaced at my cost. Front axles had to be replaced due to severity of bearings. 

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2007 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

90000 mi

US $2600
Check Engine light came on. Faulty Intake Manifold and bad front struts. Intake manifold was $1700 to fix. The dealer wanted almost double. It was very reliable prior to this issue. KIA offered no help to discount parts. 
126100 mi

$2500
The Radiator was serviced and the Radiator hoses were changed. In an earlier repair trip another hose was replaced. Engine now making noises, unclear if related. The Air Conditioning system was serviced. 
142600 mi

$4000
Engine had overheated and was replaced. The engine had an oil leak and was worked on. Evidently this work was not proper and then the engine overheated. Repeated repairs did not correct the problem. Changing the engine resolved the problem. 
166160 mi

$3000
Engine was noise and some smoke was coming out of the exhaust pipe. The engine had been replaced and evidently the shop did not put in the engine properly. As such the vehicle was taken to another garage where the problem was identified and corrected. The injectors were changed as well as the piston rings changes. 

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2006 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

49000 mi

US $3500
The the crankshaft pulley bolt sheered of in the crankshaft (Unable to remove the bolt from the crank) 

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2005.5 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

91440 mi

R 235
Gearchange problem. Strip&clean valve body, flush,new ATF fluid. No change in symptoms. Fuel pick up stripped and cleaned, new fuel filter fitted. Caused by fuel tank delamination. Problem still exists. Will contain with frequent filter changes. 
96100 mi

R 1145
Cracked hydraulic pipe to power steering ram. New pipe made and fitted 
102920 mi

R 500
New front brake pads fitted. 
104160 mi

R 900
Air con dead 
105400 mi

R 1700
Battery reached the end of life. New 900amp heavy duty fitted. 
108500 mi

R 9500
Electric window winder motor replaced. Mechanic damaged fuel system pump, reconditioned. fuel system flushed, air leak cured. 
52500 mi

£350
Underbody & Tow Bar corrosion, paint loss, serious pitting and surface corrosion. Sump guard showed new holes after blasting. Underbody stem cleaned, abraded, primed, chassis black and waxoyl. Tow Bar blasted, zinc primed and powder coate 
55000 mi

£660
Rear Differential Pinion Bearings, spacer and seal replaced. The person who did my diff said it had been out before. It was less than 2 mnths old when I bought it. Main Dealer servicing also failed. 
64200 mi

£2000
Diff locking up. Diff replaced but noisy - Kia notified but action delayed because of sickness - have to take up again with Kia 
68000 mi

£120
Car would not start - flat battery - jump start needed. High internal resistance and battery charge capacity reduced to about 30%. Original Kia battery replaced with new non-Kia part. 

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2005 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

103580 mi

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

63240 mi

R 450
Repair cruise control - replace sensor and clock spring 
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. 
98740 mi

R 500
Air conditioning compressor failed. Replaced with refurbished unit. 
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. 
112280 mi

R 500
Replace front parking light 
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 
119040 mi

R 1800
Replaced worn turbocharger Noisy transfer box repaired, chain and shaft replaced. Re-installed in car. Replaced worn turbocharger 
131220 mi

R 700
Replace faulty Aircon pump clutch and pully 
142600 mi

R 100
Bearing seized on A/C pump electric clutch. Clutch & Pulley replaced. 
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. 
151280 mi

R 100
Repair transfer box electric operating motor, position sensor not working. 
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. 
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. 
168020 mi

R 280
Alternator not charging. Replaced regulator, diodes, bearing & alternator clutch and pulley 
171120 mi

R 200
4 broken studs on exhaust manifold. All studs and nuts replaced. 
185320 mi

R 200
Rear shock absorber leaking oil. Replaced both 

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2005 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

85000 mi

US $250
had exhaust flex pipe replaced 
89000 mi

US $550
replaced radiator 
96000 mi

US $1500
condenser failed 
101500 mi

US $350
rear brake lines blew a hole 
105000 mi

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

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2005 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

192-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

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 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 
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. 
91500 mi

US $250
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 

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2004 Kia Sorento

Engine not specified

120280 mi

R 1000
Replaced Clutch Slave Cylinder 
134540 mi

R 22000
Repair injectors and wiring harness  Engine big end bearing failure 
143080 mi

R 26000
Crankshaft broke on no 2 Big end journal due to improper machining on the previous repair. Engine was rebuilt, and the crankshaft replaced. 
88300 mi

US $1000
Car very difficult to start. Just had the dealer replace all three coils and tune up. Cost over $1,000 incl tax. Now starting problem after tune up. Dealet wants $80 to even check the car out. 
88600 mi

US $4500
Coolant overflow canister cracked again. Just replaced a year ago by Kia dealer. 

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2004 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

192-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

82800 mi

US $3000
ICV recall...butterfly screw came loose and damaged the number 6 valves and piston head. Had to take engine apart to find out about the recall. Had head resurfaced, new gaskets, new ICV and put back together. After ICV was replaced, the engine was in safe mode and chewed up 1/4 tank of gas for 60 miles. We were told that all 3 cat converters were toast. $1600 thru shop, quoted $4000+ thru dealer. Should be done 4 more business days. 
92000 mi

US $400
Timing was off and shop replaced belt and fixed it. A day later it went back into the shop because the passenger side head gasket is blown. 

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2004 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

75000 mi

US $2000
Transmission went out at 64,000 miles. Car would not go forward nor in reverse. Had to replace transmission. 
112260 mi

A $1865
Used car dealer paid 4000 for replacement 2nd hand engine and I paid the rest 
148780 mi

A $4800
Big end bearing. Replaced engine with reconditioned one 
153760 mi

A $400
Front right wheel bearing 
155900 mi

A $3020
Harmonic balancer bolt came loose number of items damaged, three ignition coils and all leads replaced. 

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2003 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

50840 mi

$5000
Bushings for upper eyes of front swing arm of suspension, both sides. part purchased at Davao City @ 130 kms. more delay due to having purchased a size for Sorento but the eye size is for Sportage. 
57040 mi

$2800
Halfway in a trip, the air con failed. At service it was seen that the compressor clutch was broken into pieces, leaving only the central part. Repaired for 3 hours including stuck up bolts and nuts, replacement of surplus clutch, oil, R-134? 
58280 mi

$700
upon leaving the garage, engine stopped. Restarted and started the 3rd time, with the engine check up indicated. The computer indicated something like: u0002 high speed can bus performance. mechanic just said he just disabled the same? 
60140 mi

$4000
Solenoid valve assembly, otherwise known as actuator for the crdi. The old part was already sensitive to shock that when hurdling potholes at high speed, the engine sounds choked, losing power. After turning engine off, power is restored Replaced the upper control arm ASSEMBLY on passenger side, problem solved. Previously, only the bushings were replaced, using Sportage bushing. 6 months later, Sorento bushing which the bores are undersized, thus needed machining. as reported earlier, I replaced the solenoid valve assembly with new replacement from mobis, costing Php4000. Presto, the problem is solved! No more of the "ngorrrrk" sound of the engine after turning off, no more engine choking after shock 
68820 mi

$1700
Removal of fuel pump assembly. Draining fuel. Cleaning of tank. Removing black gelatin-like residues (about 1 cup) inside the pump assembly. Blowing fuel lines clear. Replaced with clean diesel and a new fuel filter. CHECK ENGINE sign off and no more fuel starve stops. 
70060 mi

$1000
removal, cleaning re-installation of exhaust gas recirculation valve. 

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2003 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

94240 mi

$800
water coolant overflow when the engine getting hot but temperature meter is below half level 
101000 mi

$4035
WATER COME OUT FROM COOLING TANK 
109120 mi

$1456
water mix up with the engine oil 

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2003 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

192-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic AWD w/low range

100500 mi

£3100
Crankshaft pulley bolt sheared. Replacement engine required. Also replaced radiator. Shop also said the transmission needed work, but when I told them to do nothing else it was suddenly ready. 
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 
115000 mi

US $1500
front differential rebuilt, two new tires and battery required to pass state inspection 
205000 mi

US $450
Replacement right rear wheel bearing and hub. 
230000 mi

US $150
Exhaust system repair 
91760 mi

C $500
Intake repaired by dealer. There were no signs of an issue, but they wanted to do the repair to prevent possible engine damage. Brake lines replaced due to corrosion discovered during annual MVI. 
35000 mi

US $450
Aftermarket shocks and struts fitted OME (Australia) brand. Much better ride and handling after they were fitted - recommended 
61000 mi

US $770
timing belt replacement, front differential serviced - shudder from front end when turning. front brakes replaced and rotors surfaced 
31000 mi

US $1550
Front axle (AWD)bind up when cornering. Axle lubed - seemed to fix problem. 60K service performed at same time also new timing belt.2 weeks after the visit noticed they had drained the AC (both caps missing) - $200 to refill AC - I'm pissed with dealer. Discovered dealer had drained AC (both caps missing) during the 60K service. 2 weeks until hot weather to discover Never taking car back there again. Paid $200 to a repair shop to test cooling system (OK) and refill with fluid. Never going back to Kia. 
62000 mi

US $320
Both headlights have badly darkened lenses purchased new headlights with clear lenses 
63000 mi

US $290
Replaced both headlights because the headlight lenses had fogged badly. UV maybe? New headlights make the car see better at night and improve the look of the vehicle to like new. 
78000 mi

US $125
Power steering system was leaking badly - had to fill the reservoir every day. Mechanic found the low pressure return hose was leaking and replaced it. 
78000 mi

US $740
Power steering hose developed a leak again after a couple months. Dealer replaced hoses and refilled power steering system. Steering wheel now crooked - not level when driving straight - and loose. 
85560 mi

C $2700
Found used transfer case for $2000 plus $700 labour 
90520 mi

C $300
had to replace stabalizer arms front and rear. 
96100 mi

C $500
had to replace upper ball joints, left wheel hub assembly, outer tie rod ends. 
97340 mi

C $450
Crank sensor went and left me stranded 
108500 mi

C $220
Blower Transistor resistor, fans would not turn off. 

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2003 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

119600 mi

US $525
The air conditioning compressor was bad. 
152900 mi

US $1100
replaced the part that tells the transmission when to shift. 
225000 mi

US $190
Front brake pads were bad. 

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