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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 4dr SUV

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

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. 
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 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 

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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 New Jersey, United States
Dec 2013 - Jun 2018
Oct 2013

14316 mi

US $86
4 Wheel Alignment 
Jan 2014

58700 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 Colorado, United States
Jan 2013 - Mar 2014
Jun 2013

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

16000 mi
Drivers seat cover needed replacing. 
Kia Sorento in Idaho, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2014
Oct 2014

17000 mi
replaced faulty sunroof switch 
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 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 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. 

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2013 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

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 British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2015 - Mar 2016
Sep 2015

45880 mi
2 bearings rotated in bearing journals. new engine installed 
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 North Carolina, United States
Nov 2012 - Feb 2017
Jan 2013

91700 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 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. 
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 

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2013 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

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. 
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! 
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 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
Apr 2014 - Jun 2016
Jun 2016

38000 mi
Rattle coming from cover around right front brake. Fix worked for 2 weeks. Noise returned. 

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2012 Kia Sorento

Engine not specified

Kia Sorento in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2015 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015

58000 mi
having issues with car stuttering intermittently while driving - dealer could not replicate - not fixed 

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2012 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

turbocharged 194hp 2.2L I4 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Kia Sorento in Sri Lankia
Nov 2014 - Jul 2018
Aug 2015

38060 mi

$685
Steering rack damage and replace complete steering rack 
Dec 2015

43400 mi

$30
when turning the car sound come at CV joint. replace the both side CV Joints. 
Aug 2016

55340 mi

$600
auto transmission removed for replace tramission fluid. but every seals and sensor oil temp change. damper pully also change. splines of hypoid gear shaft and case differential wested. now running on 2 wheel. 
Jun 2018

82460 mi

$450
Front Shock absorbers, rear bumpers ball joints change. 

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2012 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in Texas, United States
Oct 2012 - Jun 2013
Nov 2012

32000 mi
Second-row seat stuck, plus gunk inside driver's door fouling window. 
Dec 2012

34000 mi
Headlights needed re-alignment 
Kia Sorento in Alaska, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2017
Jan 2013

6000 mi
Driver seat heater failed intermittently at the begining, now is dead. Waiting for new seat. Dealer couldn't find where is the problem after few hours tests. They want to change entire seat to see if problems could be fixed. Really not happy. 
Kia Sorento in Florida, United States
Mar 2012 - Mar 2015
Jun 2013

10000 mi
Plastic seat anchor cover replaced. 
Jul 2014

20300 mi
Replace the cabin filter cover that I broke trying to exchange cabin filters. My fault all the way. 
Feb 2015

24000 mi

US $160
OEM battery died. 
Kia Sorento in Florida, United States
Aug 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

77000 mi

US $350
Transmission was serviced due to slipping issues.  It was also identified all four wheels needed new suspension parts for 1k but I did not proceed with that work. 
Kia Sorento in Florida, United States
May 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

42000 mi
Replace broken windshield washer pump. 
Jun 2017

51170 mi

US $500
A/C high side line had a leak. Replaced the line, flushed and charged the system. 
Kia Sorento in Alabama, United States
Mar 2012 - Jul 2016
Oct 2014

82500 mi

US $300
Had to replace a pulley and a belt. 
May 2016

143000 mi

US $750
ABS lights were on. Was told moisture had damaged the original ones and had to replace in order for them to work properly. 
Kia Sorento in Missouri, United States
May 2011 - Jan 2013
Aug 2011

7500 mi
Broken driver seat trim Broken driver seat trim 
Nov 2011

17900 mi
Auto headlamps do not work. Only turn on in very dark and never shut off during light conditions. Kia's response to auto headlights is it's a sealed system. No way to repair it. 
Dec 2012

58000 mi
UVO system started having glitchy errors then stopped working altogether requiring new head unit 
Jan 2013

21000 mi
New UVO head unit having same glitchy problems that led to replacement of head unit. Dealer unable/ unwilling to change head unit a second time. Done with glitchy piece of junk. Trading in for a real car. 

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2012 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in Washington, United States
Apr 2012 - Jun 2013
May 2013

8000 mi
Accelerator sensor malfunction 
Kia Sorento in Colorado, United States
Nov 2012 - Mar 2018
Dec 2012

9000 mi
Dash lights fail intermittently. Dealer cannot replicate the problem, no repair, no help. Took it in twice, unresolved. 
May 2013

13000 mi
Backup camera fails to "light up" on the monitor screen, intermittently. I haven't had time to take it in for service, but will when I return home in early June 
Jun 2013

17000 mi
back-up camera AGAIN failed. Took it in, where it worked perfectly. 
Jul 2013

17200 mi
Back in for same problem, intermittent failure of back-up camera. At direction of KIA engineers, dealer inspected and tightened connections in tailgate and behind EVO unit. They seem to think this will solve the problem. I'm hoping so. Update: solved. 
Nov 2014

23000 mi
Intermittent blackout of dash lights, failure would not occur for the dealer, so KIA would not authorize warranty parts replacements. Was told to bring it back when it happenws again. 
Feb 2015

24000 mi
Same ol' problem, intermittent black out of dash & console lights 
Jul 2015

27200 mi
oil pan gasket leaking, gasket replaced 
Sep 2017

38000 mi

US $328
Bearings on A/C pulley were making horrific noise. New pulley was $75, remaining $258 was labor, shop supplies. 
Kia Sorento in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2011 - Jun 2018
Jul 2012

4700 mi
Navigation System went dead-Req'd. Replacement-Dlr unable to match dash parts after repair-Commented to Dlr parts matched when new - Irwin Pa. Dlr stated- 
Sep 2012

8000 mi
Check engine light due to bad sensor - Awaiting repair parts Located Owners Manual in glove box to look up reason for check engine light. Owners Manual was not properly bound, entire book and pages were falling out. Advised Irwin, Pennsylvania dealer- told MANUAL NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY. Rear wheel well plastic trim was falling off car- Dealer discovered that incorrect retainer clips were used during assembly 
Sep 2013

16000 mi
Rear bolts used to mount bumper rusting - Dealer ordered replacement parts 
Nov 2013

19100 mi
Still waiting from Dealer, Jim Shorkey to advise us if Kia will replace bolts and rusting panels on bumper- 
Jan 2014

22800 mi
Sorento stalling without reason. Dealer unable to determine reason for stalling. 
Mar 2014

27000 mi
Still waiting for dealer to resolve rusting stainless steel bumper panels.. 
Jul 2014

28300 mi
Sway bars replaced Antenna defective 
Sep 2014

30000 mi
Sirius signal was cutting in and out- Dealer replaced antenna 
Mar 2015

36000 mi
Noise in rear suspension- Dealer unable to determine reason at last service visit. 
May 2015

38000 mi

US $112
Battery died - Car required AAA service call 
Jul 2015

38700 mi

US $50
Backup warning sensors stopped functioning requiring sensor replacement 
Oct 2016

54500 mi
Passenger door lock handle fell off Support struts failed on rear cargo hatch causing hatch door not to stay open properly 
Jul 2017

65000 mi

US $50
Other Passenger outside door handle fell apart/fell off car. Dealer claims wear not covered by extended warranty. 
Dec 2017

71000 mi

US $50
Front noise occurred- Stabilizer bar replaced under extended warranty. 
Kia Sorento in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2018
Sep 2011

3000 mi
Drivetrain thump which could be felt upon starting engine. Apparently common to this vehicle. 
Oct 2012

21300 mi

US $75
Burning odor when operating HVAC. Dealer changed cabin air filter. 
Aug 2015

58300 mi

US $380
Squeak when steering wheel was turned. Steering rack was replaced. 
Sep 2015

60000 mi
Loud clunk in left front immediately after brake repair. Lower control arm bolt flange was replaced. Middle row seatback would not release after being folded down. Seat latch cables were adjusted. Engine intermittently failed to start; starter would not activate. Loose/bad connection was found, treated with dielectric grease & re-seated. 
May 2017

95000 mi

US $300
Replaced inhibitor switch in attempt to fix intermittent failure to start. 
Kia Sorento in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2012 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013

10000 mi
rattling from dash panels. 
Kia Sorento in British Columbia, Canada
Nov 2011 - Jun 2014
Mar 2012

4960 mi
faulty fuel pump and sensor repaired under warranty failure of replacement fuel pump 
Dec 2013

32860 mi
Heated steering wheel not working. Part replaced 
Kia Sorento in Wisconsin, United States
Jan 2015 - Jun 2018
Aug 2016

88100 mi

US $505
Replaced alternator on 2012 Kia Sorento in August 2016 
Kia Sorento in New Hampshire, United States
Jul 2011 - Jun 2018
May 2012

3100 mi
Drivers power seat motor inoperative. All left side power seat functions inoperative. Replace drivers side power seat motor and frame assembly.Electrical failure.Repair successful but vehicle returned with scratches on seat back and lower sections.Technician failed to place seat on a protective surface when performing repair 
Nov 2015

16000 mi
idler pulley noisy when acelerating 
Dec 2016

21000 mi

US $120
Five year old battery failed load test requirements.Requested dealer replace battery. 
Aug 2017

27000 mi
Replace left front lower ball joint. Seems to be a lot of premature ball joint failures on this model Kia Sorento. My extended dealer warranty covered this repair less a $50 deductible 
Kia Sorento in Ohio, United States
Dec 2012 - Mar 2015
Feb 2014

36000 mi
Fog light seal was bad causing cloudiness in fog light assembly. Replaced fog light assembly under warranty 
Nov 2014

49000 mi

US $158
Battery not charging. Not enough power to turn engine over. Replaced bad battery 
Kia Sorento in Texas, United States
Dec 2011 - Sep 2018
Aug 2014

25800 mi
Idler pulley (noise) for the transmission, was fully functional. Replaced under warranty. 
Kia Sorento in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2011 - Jun 2015
Oct 2011

248 mi
Was pulling right. Changing front tire position resolved the problem. 
Feb 2012

3100 mi
Squeaks in the middle console on the front passenger side. Squeaks in the middle console on the front passenger side. Dealer knows the problem and resolve it. 
Apr 2012

4960 mi
Exterior driver door handle won't open the door. Parts inside the door failed. Replaced under warranty. Exterior driver door handle won't open the door. Parts inside the door failed. Replaced under warranty. 
Dec 2012

13640 mi
Back-up camera unsealed. Bad image quality (foggy). Camera replaced under warranty. Service engine light came up and vehicle slow down until complete stop. Need to shut down the engine and re-start. Will redo randomly. Service bulletin called for bad program but trottle body actuator was replaced under bulletin revision. 
Dec 2013

17980 mi

C $190
Charging light came in the dash. Dealer has tested the alternator but found after that the battery was grounded. Had to replace the battery (warranty paid for 20% of battery price and 100% of replacement time). 
Jan 2015

19380 mi
Loose link-kit on front left wheel. Parts changed and coverred by warranty. 
Kia Sorento in Manitoba, Canada
Oct 2011 - Sep 2017
Sep 2015

43400 mi
It is running terribly since it came back and sputters upon starting. For the a long time it doesn't seem to be in gear when running. The part has not failed so I have no correct answer to that question. 
Jul 2016

47740 mi
Recalled 
Jul 2017

47740 mi

C $750
Audio system stopped working. This has been an ongoing issue since I purchased the vehicle. I have had it in to be checked numerous times and they couldnt find the problem. They will not cover it under warranty even though it has been an issue since day 1. Very disappointed. 
Kia Sorento in Ohio, United States
Jul 2011 - Mar 2012
Feb 2012

5300 mi
Electric Door latch malfunction 
Kia Sorento in Nova Scotia, Canada
Nov 2011 - Feb 2014
Jul 2013

16620 mi
Right rear passenger door handle was sticking. Veh will be going in for same thing in October.. 
Kia Sorento in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2011 - Sep 2018
Aug 2015

65600 mi
Broken rear passenger door handle 
Jan 2017

96000 mi
Clunk in front end. Dealer unable to locate the source of the problem and was told to bring it back when it got worse/louder. 
Oct 2017

112000 mi

US $200
ball joint replaced 
Sep 2018

125000 mi
Brought to shop for clunking noise in suspension. Shop unable to diagnose so no repair was completed. 

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2012 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in Illinois, United States
Mar 2012 - Oct 2014
Oct 2012

10300 mi
Drivers window rubber trim replaced. Had folded over and window would not seal proper. 
Kia Sorento in Maryland, United States
Sep 2011 - Jul 2018
Jul 2015

26200 mi
Leaking oil pan. Replaced the oil pan under warrantee. 
Jul 2018

43000 mi
Back-up camera works intermittently. Did not have replaced since the shop was unable to determine whether the camera was defective or if the problem was due to faulty wiring. Problem still exists; ordered a new camera, but the part is on back order so I have to wait until the camera arrives to determine if this will resolve the problem. 
Kia Sorento in Delaware, United States
Dec 2011 - Jun 2017
Oct 2016

64300 mi
knocking in motor - replaced short block 
Jan 2017

66000 mi
Shift control switch and connector plug 
Kia Sorento in New York, United States
Mar 2012 - Oct 2017
Aug 2015

27700 mi
Reclining rear seats very difficult to operate. Both sets of mechanisms were replaced, acommon problem caused by "cheep materials". 
Apr 2016

31300 mi
Drivers side heated seat failed, still under warantee. 
Kia Sorento in Florida, United States
Aug 2011 - Apr 2014
Apr 2013

20800 mi
Seat heaters need to be replaced. 
Kia Sorento in Texas, United States
Jul 2011 - Jun 2018
Sep 2013

17000 mi
Rear right passenger seat back broken - would not return to upright position. Replaced parts. 
Kia Sorento in Florida, United States
Dec 2013 - Sep 2016
May 2014

42900 mi
Fuel filler cap would not spring open 
Jun 2015

57000 mi
Non-functioning front door speaker (passenger side) 
Kia Sorento in Florida, United States
Nov 2015 - Jun 2016
Jan 2016

US $350
replaced struts, strut mounts, etc air bag sensor 
Kia Sorento in Illinois, United States
Jun 2011 - Dec 2015
Sep 2011

4000 mi
Drivers map light was not installed correctly. Dealer reinstalled it so that electrical contacts lined up and it worked fine. 
Kia Sorento in Quebec, Canada
May 2012 - Jun 2018
Dec 2013

13640 mi
Problems with starter 
Feb 2016

29760 mi
Seat heater 
Kia Sorento in North Carolina, United States
May 2011 - Sep 2012
Mar 2012

9000 mi
Bluetooth not working. Wire to Microphone disconnected. 

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2012 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in Colorado, United States
Sep 2013 - Sep 2015
Feb 2015

81000 mi

US $149
Drivers Seat Heater was not working. they charged $95 to check it with obd reader. Gave them no information, checked different components, determined lower heating element was bad. $500 for the part, est $250 labor.  bought a seat heater for $149 ebay 
Kia Sorento in Oklahoma, United States
Apr 2013 - Mar 2017
Jul 2013

10700 mi

US $135
Broken AC Compressor: Cost of part was $1020, had to be shipped in from out of state, but was covered under warranty. Brake Rotors needed machining, this is what cost $135 
Kia Sorento in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2011 - Apr 2012
Apr 2012

4800 mi
Took vehicle for 1st scheduled maint. Had loud clicking sound. Dealer said catastrophic failure in the engine. Metal bits in the oil & elsewhere, engine seized twice while they had it. Replaced the block & rebuilt. traded it in. Took vehicle for 1st scheduled maint. Had loud clicking sound. Dealer said catastrophic failure in the engine. Metal bits in the oil & elsewhere, engine seized twice while they had it. Replaced the block & rebuilt. traded it in. 

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2012 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in Florida, United States
Jul 2012 - Sep 2013
Aug 2012

9800 mi
driver seat trim around the power seat adjustment levers constantly breaking. Since purchase in Febuary 2012 this problem has been returned to dealer four times. 
Oct 2012

11500 mi
Same problem with the seat trim. We returned the vehicle to Kia dealer with appointment and was told that they were in conversation with Kia corporate office discussing this repair. this will be the 5th attempt by a Kia dealer. 
Aug 2013

20900 mi
Same problem as in past. The repairs last for a few weeks and the same problem reoccurs. I guess the solution will be to repair the problem, dispose of thr vehicle and replace it. Definitely not with a Kia. 
Kia Sorento in Tennessee, United States
Jun 2012 - Jun 2018
Oct 2012

10300 mi
Local body shop said have a soft paint job, since then have found this to be known problem with KIA. District rep. met and took pictures Oct.4,2012 and said customer service would call but haven't heard from them since. 
Jan 2013

12000 mi
Paint coming off car LT year old. At factory rep. request took to dealer who sent me to independent body shop for estimate. Sent notice that they would pat $700 against estimate of $1404. Kia warranty useless. 
Apr 2013

12200 mi
After turning claim in with BBB,got agreement with Kia to paint hood,front fenders and top. Used estimate and got painted April 1- 5, 2013. Thanks, M.S. 
Kia Sorento in Quebec, Canada
Jan 2017 - Dec 2017
May 2017

51460 mi

C $110
Front suspension knocking left side. Replace link kit. 

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2012 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Kia Sorento in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2015
Sep 2012

23000 mi

US $100
DASH RATTLE 
Oct 2012

25000 mi

US $100
Replaced DRIVERS SIDE SEAT LOOSE FROM THE TRACK PASSENGER SEAT SQUEEKS WHEN THERE IS A PASSENGER IN IT DASH RATTLE 

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2012 Kia Sorento 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Kia Sorento in Connecticut, United States
Mar 2013 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

92000 mi
Block replaced. Cam replaced. Oil pump sensor replaced. Metal chips found. 

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2012 Kia Sorento

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Kia Sorento in Texas, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2014
Jun 2013

19000 mi
i have rattles in my dashboard. they said it was fixed but not. this was the third trip to the dealer so i guess im going to take it back. 
Jul 2013

19200 mi
i took the car in for the same rattling problem in the dash borad and also a thumping sound coming from the rear of the car. i told the service manager about the problem they kept the car 3 days still not fixed. 

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2011 Kia Sorento

Engine not specified

Kia Sorento in New Mexico, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

5000 mi
loud banging from passenger front tire area. Told at first all do that. second time in the "mounts" were loose" problem back within 2 days 
Kia Sorento in Texas, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

3000 mi
Transmission jolt occured while traveling down the interstate. KIA says this was due to outdated software. They upgraded the software and said no transmission damage occured. 
Kia Sorento in California, United States
Apr 2013 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

75000 mi

US $450
Driver side door latch fails to release catch resulting in the inability to open drivers door from the outside of the vehicle 
Kia Sorento in California, United States
Dec 2010 - Oct 2013
Jan 2011

1000 mi
Replaced broken sunroof glass. 

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2011 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

turbocharged 194hp 2.2L I4 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Kia Sorento in Finland
Feb 2011 - Jan 2014
Jan 2012

12400 mi
The audio system speaker resonated when playing loud with bass(premium audio). The right back speaker was replaced. Now OK. 
Kia Sorento in Sweden
Apr 2014 - Jun 2018
Nov 2014

41200 mi
I had complain about vibrations and jolts when driving in the 0-70 km / h. Replacing the rear shock absorber on the warranty. The problem is not solved. Continued troubleshooting driver 
Apr 2016

49800 mi
replacement stabilizer bars front left 
Aug 2017

58280 mi
Replace door hinge for driver's door because of a gap change the driver's seat underrun cause of the gap when break/gas change of roof rail console / paint loose lubricate roof cover / can not close 
Dec 2017

59210 mi
Replacement of front shock absorber and bearing right and left side 

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2011 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in Texas, United States
Jun 2013 - Sep 2014
Sep 2014

83000 mi

US $250
Brake Disengage Sensor malfunction. 
Kia Sorento in South Carolina, United States
Apr 2014 - Mar 2018
Sep 2016

107000 mi

US $200
Accessory belt tensioner 
Dec 2016

111000 mi
Driver's door would not open from the outside. 
Kia Sorento in New Hampshire, United States
Sep 2015 - Sep 2015
Sep 2015

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. 
Kia Sorento in Maryland, United States
Apr 2011 - Sep 2014
Aug 2014

47100 mi
ECM UPDATE, FUEL DOOR TSB OPERATION UPGRADE 
Kia Sorento in Missouri, United States
Jul 2010 - Nov 2013
Nov 2010

6150 mi
CEL Code P2422Evap System Valve stuck closed. Replaced 31430-0W000 Valve under warranty. CEL Code P2422 Evap System Valve stuck closed. Used compressed air on a hose, cleared code CEL Code P2422 Evap System Valve stuck closed. Replaced 31430-0W000 Valce- Canister Close. Cleared code. 
Jan 2011

8000 mi
AC blower not working with remote starter. Dealer stated no problem, it shouldn't. Owner replaced fuses in Remote Start module. 
Dec 2012

38000 mi
Air bag light on. Reset by dealer- came right back on, not fixed Alarm going off on it's own, then stopped arming at all. Remote start quit at same time 
Feb 2013

39700 mi
Air bag light on 
Jul 2013

44000 mi
Airbag light coming on. Bad passenger seat. Reset, not fixed. Alarm sounds on its own. 
Sep 2013

52000 mi
Alarm sounding on it's own 
Nov 2013

52000 mi
Alarm constantly sounded on its own. Dealership could duplicate but not fix. 
Kia Sorento in California, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
Oct 2010

3000 mi
Recall to replace accessory ambient lighting wiring harness. 
Kia Sorento in Ohio, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2013
Jul 2012

29000 mi
Shifter system requires replacement 
Aug 2012

29300 mi
Replaced shifter 
Kia Sorento in Washington, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

3000 mi
sunroof needing oiling. 
Kia Sorento in California, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2018
Mar 2010

1000 mi
Roof rails damaged by dealer before car was sold. 
Sep 2012

13000 mi
Rear left bushing was failing and making clunking sound. Dealer replaced due to safety concerns. 
Nov 2013

22100 mi
Fuel sensors and wiring harness failure caused misfire and poor running. Entire harness replaced as well as all electrical components of fuel system. 
Jun 2016

42000 mi

US $450
Wiring harness connector to fuse box was broken, disabling gear indicator and preventing car from starting. Fuse box replaced and wiring harness wiring and connector repaired. Had to be towed three times. 
Oct 2016

47200 mi

US $600
Oil leak found during major service. Looks like head gasket issue. 
Kia Sorento in Arizona, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2018
Sep 2011

10000 mi
Defective brake interlock switch causes pushbutton start to act intermittent 
Nov 2011

10300 mi
Defective brake interlock switch causes pushbutton start to act intermittent 
Jun 2012

13000 mi
Dead Battery. Replaced by dealer at no cost to me. 
Jun 2016

40000 mi
Inadequate cooling 
Apr 2017

44000 mi
Parking pawl (safety recall) 
Sep 2017

46000 mi

US $60
Defective Battery. Replaced at minimal cost 
Kia Sorento in Tennessee, United States
Jan 2011 - Oct 2017
Mar 2013

33000 mi
The push button start has a brake pedal switch that was failing and needed replacement. Intermittent, so opted not to spend money on a repair. Update: The issue seemed to fade to black. It may have been fixed in a maintenance update or something but I never directly asked for it to be fixed. 
Oct 2013

38500 mi
Middle driver side seat belt ripped I have had a car seat secured in that seat since we bought the vehicle 01/2011 with 3000miles on it. One saturday I go to take my daughter's seat out and find the belt is ripped 2/3 of the way through. 
Mar 2015

63000 mi

US $305
Window regulator failed and needed to be replaced. 
Kia Sorento in Georgia, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2015
Nov 2012

20800 mi
Difficulty shifting into PARK and out of PARK. Intermittent problem with increasing frequency. Defective part # 938100W000 SWITCH ASSY-STOP LAMP replaced. Also called brake pedal switch to allow shifting when stopped. Warranty @ 21,000 mi. 
Kia Sorento in Florida, United States
Sep 2012 - Dec 2015
Oct 2013

44000 mi
Needed new headliner. New seat latch. 
Kia Sorento in California, United States
Oct 2012 - Mar 2018
Jul 2013

38000 mi
The Dashboard Lights were not working. 
Sep 2013

41000 mi
The Driver Side Power Window Regulator had to be replaced. 
Mar 2018

79000 mi

US $200
Replaced old worn out front disc brakepads 
Kia Sorento in California, United States
Oct 2011 - Jul 2012
Feb 2012

39100 mi
Light on Shifter housing out. Was disconnected somehow. Also recall on struts...they replaced all struts. 
Kia Sorento in Texas, United States
Nov 2011 - Sep 2016
Jul 2012

39000 mi
The sway bars were bad and making noises during car use. They had to be replaced, but were covered under warranty. Took 3 days to get parts. 
May 2013

55700 mi
Everytime we stepped on the brake, it made a clicking sound under the shifter. We asked to have this fixed. We also asked to have the recall notice issue taken care of as well. 
Kia Sorento in Arizona, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2015
Sep 2012

15000 mi
Arizon heat killed the factory battery prior to warranty expiration. 
Aug 2014

43700 mi
Fan belt tensioner wore out 
Kia Sorento in Florida, United States
Aug 2011 - Apr 2012
Feb 2012

7100 mi
Center console squeak 
Kia Sorento in California, United States
Mar 2013 - Apr 2013
Apr 2013

18000 mi
intermittent refuse to start, dealer replaced brake switch 

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2011 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2012 - Sep 2017
Sep 2012

19840 mi
replace bad brake switch 
Jan 2013

24800 mi
replace rear camera. could not get it to start, towed, brake switch replaced. 
Jan 2015

27720 mi
drive shaft replace 
Sep 2015

60140 mi
replace the engine, had metal shavings inside 
Kia Sorento in Manitoba, Canada
Sep 2010 - Jun 2012
Dec 2010

1240 mi
Headlights kept fogging up internal to the housing, foam filter removed from vent, this fixed problem. 
Kia Sorento in California, United States
May 2011 - Apr 2018
Oct 2012

16000 mi
Intermittent starting issue with push button start. Bad break sensor was the problem. 
Kia Sorento in Alberta, Canada
Aug 2010 - Jul 2014
Oct 2010

2480 mi
Rear wiper motor was defective. Worked intermittantly. Replaced and is now working properly. Recall had previously replaced wiring harness on mood lighting. Door panels had been removed by not replaced correctly. Vibration in right rear door panel when audio system was playing music with a strong base beat. 
Mar 2011

6820 mi
March 9th I noticed transmission fluid on driveway. Drove to dealership - close by. Transmission seal at torque converter leading. Ordered replacement unit from USA. Took exceptional length of time to arrive and be installed. NOT HAPPY 
Jun 2012

24180 mi
Sirius Receiver suddenly quit working. All other components of the system - Navigation etc. continued to function. I tried several times to re-activate my Sirius but was finally told it was a problem with unit. Dealer replaced it. Now OK. 
Aug 2013

42160 mi
While driving at approx 60 kmh, vehicle lost power, service engine light on. Engine stopped. Pulled over, engine restarted, vehicle into limp mode. Close by dealer. Problem - throttle body replaced. Since, fuel economy vastly improved. 
Oct 2013

46160 mi
While in for normal service late Sept 2013, technician discovered a leak in drivers side front strut. Replaced under warranty. Also fuel filler door would not always open. Replaced under warranty. Fuel system flushed due to poor mileage. 
Nov 2013

48360 mi
Drivers side rear door would not open from outside. Replacement parts ordered by dealer but not sufficient to fix problem. Had to return a second day to have repairs completed. 
Dec 2013

50840 mi
Oil Leak from oil pressure sending unit. The dealership stated they just received a technical service bulletin to commence replacement of the units. They say if it hadn't have leaked, it would have been replaced at the next service. 
Mar 2014

55800 mi
Drivers exterior door handle failed to function. New mechanism ordered and installed. This is the second occasion where an exterior door handle failed. Previously on the drivers side rear door. 
Jun 2014

59520 mi
Keyfob inoperable. Transmitter failed. New unit ordered and replaced and programmed on warranty. 
Kia Sorento in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2010 - Sep 2015
Sep 2010

6200 mi
Slow engine oil leak (4-5 drops/day). Defect in silicon gasket application left too little or bubbled silicon at leak site that eventually broke down. Dealer mechanic re-caulked leak site with new silicon gasket material. No further leak. 
Dec 2010

9300 mi

C $70
Slow engine oil leak from September 2010 service reappeared(4-5 drops/day). Suspect defect in silicon gasket application. In for oil change - have to book a separate one day appointment for dealer to trace/fix oil leak problem. 
Jul 2015

66220 mi

C $100
Engine light comes on and off sporadically. Code P0200A (VVT Sensor). Dealer not able to solve problem in approx. 1 year. No performance issues - just the light. Many parts have been replaced. Light still comes on. Still trying to fix. 
Kia Sorento in North Carolina, United States
May 2011 - Dec 2012
Dec 2011

36000 mi
Drivers side rear shock bushing failed. Needed to be replaced under warranty. Made horrible rattling sound. Rear view camera would intermittently go out. Camera was replaced. Brake sensor bad resulting in keyless ignition not working properly. 
Kia Sorento in New York, United States
Sep 2011 - Sep 2018
May 2013

23400 mi
The steering wheel leather started to peel. They replaced entire steering wheel. 
Jul 2014

35000 mi

US $150
I went to an alignment shop after the front drivers tire showed uneven wear. The front tire camber was considerably off on both sides. There is no adjustment for camber on the Sorento. I was advised to buy a camber bolt kit. All great now 
Nov 2014

39300 mi
The gear position sensor had malfunctioned causing the car to come out of gear when in reverse and go into neutral. The dealership was able to install a new KIA bracket on the transmission cable to prevent the issue from reoccuring. 
Nov 2015

54000 mi
The rear viewing camera was working only intermittently. 
Jan 2016

43000 mi
Driver side inside door handles replaced under warranty for peeling. 
Jul 2017

75000 mi

US $225
Changed drive belt 
Jun 2018

91000 mi
The battery light turned on and the vehicle started to shake. I charged the battery at home (battery 6 months old) and used the vehicle for a day without issue. The vehicle stalled in my driveway and would not start (no battery charge). Charged battery again and went to dealer (extended warranty) who although had the alternator in stock, needed 6 hours to repair the vehicle. Apparently the A/C lines run in front of the alternator. The refrigerant must be evacuated, the A/C lines removed, alternator replaced, A/C lines reattached and the A/C system evacuated and recharged. This is a very expensive repair ($475 alternator and the rest for labor). Total repair was $1,100. 
Kia Sorento in West Virginia, United States
Nov 2010 - Apr 2014
Aug 2011

27000 mi
The leather wrap on the steering wheel was prematurely wearing and peeling. The entire steering wheel was replaced at no charge and it is now better than new. 
Apr 2014

109000 mi

US $803
Rear wheel bearings on both sides needed replacing 
Kia Sorento in Michigan, United States
Oct 2010 - Apr 2011
Apr 2011

30000 mi
Problems with vehicle when returned, cannot discuss. 
Kia Sorento in Rhode Island, United States
Dec 2010 - Oct 2013
Jun 2011

6000 mi
Air conditioning drain hose plug causing back fill into passenger compartment. 
Apr 2012

19000 mi
The traffic display on the navagation systems stopped working. Dealer diagnosed and couldn't fix the problem. Car needs to go back in for further diagnostics. 
May 2012

20300 mi
From a forum learned of a rest for the nav system, by sticking a pin in a tiny hole in the upper right corner of the unit. Dealer didn't have a clue. Happened a few more times, fixed with a reset each time. 
Kia Sorento in North Carolina, United States
Dec 2010 - Mar 2016
Sep 2012

32000 mi
Radio/GPS module failed. 
Kia Sorento in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2010 - Mar 2016
Dec 2010

7000 mi
Vibration detectable when driving. More noticeable at higher speeds. Shop said they could not feel it, but balanced the tires as "most likely cause". Still detectable. No difference from tire balancing. Will return and drive with tech. 
Feb 2011

10300 mi
Dealer replaced driveshaft. 
Dec 2015

157000 mi

US $750
L and R sway bar links replaced 
Kia Sorento in Colorado, United States
Dec 2010 - Nov 2015
Sep 2012

11000 mi
Safety switch preventing putting car in/out of park Also one rear tail light 
Oct 2014

29000 mi
Oil leak, Dealer resealed Oil pan, coveredrnunder warranty 
Kia Sorento in Arizona, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2018
Apr 2013

33500 mi
Engine oil leak. Leak was repaired by replacing gasket. Work completed by Dealer under warranty. 
Sep 2016

71000 mi

US $300
The stereo began shorting out about 70,000 miles. First the CD player started acting up then the entire system. For a short time I was worried that it was the fuse block itself. Just the stereo. Going to upgrade the head unit. 
Jan 2018

85000 mi

US $15
Replaced low beam halogen bulb. 
Kia Sorento in Illinois, United States
Oct 2011 - Oct 2017
Jan 2012

29000 mi
Car when cold and shifted into reverse engages immediately. Shifted into D from N/P and foot off brake, takes 1/2-1 second to move forward/engage. When Car is warm, no delay going from N/P to D/R. Dealer said this is normal... 
May 2015

50000 mi
Front Strut leaking oil all over. Did not take to dealership as they'd only replace one & these should be replaced in pairs. LCD screen for radio going bad. Dealership said "bumper-to-bumper" 5 year warranty didn't cover. "Electrical only has 2 year warranty". 
Oct 2017

75000 mi

US $600
Driver side Auto up/down button spring broke. Requires entire door to be taken apart to replace all window/mirror control buttons since it's one piece. Part cost $200 Motor that controls Air re-circulation flap failed. Got stuck & made ticking noise. Recirculating air not working. Had to take dash apart to get to it. 2 hrs labor, $100 for part. 
Kia Sorento in Indiana, United States
Oct 2011 - Jan 2016
Jul 2015

75000 mi
Backup camera was not working (black screen). Quoted cost to replace ($380). Declined service. 
Aug 2015

75700 mi
Replaced rearview camera again (was showing black screen). 
Kia Sorento in Virginia, United States
May 2010 - Dec 2012
Apr 2011

21000 mi
Rear shock replaced. 
Oct 2011

31300 mi
Another rear shock replaced. I blame the lousy stiff shocks on the car. I read that about six months after production started, they switched to softer shocks. 
Jan 2012

38000 mi
Left front tie bar end and rod also had to be replaced. 
Kia Sorento in Nova Scotia, Canada
Sep 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

58900 mi

C $441
All rear brake parts were replaced. 
Apr 2017

69981 mi

C $312
Replaced Battery 
Apr 2018

89900 mi

C $324
Ball Joint left front lower 
Kia Sorento in Pennsylvania, United States
- Aug 2010
Aug 2010

2824 mi
roof vibrates when opening it car pulls to the right 
Kia Sorento in Nova Scotia, Canada
Oct 2010 - Jul 2018
Dec 2010

992 mi

C $360
Replaced windshield due to stone chip that led to crack in windshield 
Kia Sorento in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2013

32000 mi
Auto-dimming rear view mirror always dim. Technician noticed that I had a sticker on top of the light sensor and moved it. Problem fixed. 
Jan 2017

78000 mi
ABS warning light came on while driving. Brought it in to be diagnosed. Dealer said that one wheel sensor was bad and the other was intermittent, but didn't have the parts in stock to repair, so no actual part replacement was done. After I got the car back, warning light went out and hasn't come back on since. 
Kia Sorento in New York, United States
Jul 2013 - Sep 2013
Aug 2013

34000 mi
Intermittently failing backup camera. 
Kia Sorento in New York, United States
May 2012 - Dec 2017
May 2012

12000 mi
replaced knock sensor replaced both front struts and bearing plates 
Jun 2012

13000 mi
replaced throttle body, then had to flash computer. failed to correct the problem 
Kia Sorento in Connecticut, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2013
Jun 2012

36000 mi
dvd wasn't working 
Kia Sorento in Indiana, United States
Dec 2011 - Dec 2012
Mar 2012

21000 mi
Bad vibration at 70+ mph. 
Jun 2012

24000 mi
Car pulls to the right consistantly 
Oct 2012

29000 mi
Car would not always start. When parking car, shifter sometimes would not allow you to put it in park. Gas door open button does not always unlock the gas door. 
Dec 2012

29000 mi
Car was traded in with gas door still sticking. Also had a right pull problem they could not fix. 

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2011 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in Florida, United States
May 2010 - Mar 2014
Oct 2010

5000 mi
the wiring harness was replaced after coming loose while driving. It felt like the transmission fell out of the car. Since the repair was done there is no problem with that aspect of the vehicle but, the front struts are still making noise 
Feb 2011

10000 mi
All of the A/C vent controls on the vents themselves came apart and fell into the a/c duct work. The dealer doesn't know why this happened but, it looks to be a manufacturing defect. All four a/c vents had to be replaced in the vehicle. 
Aug 2012

47700 mi
The steering wheel covering separated from the steel frame resulting in loss of a firm grip and ability to have full control of the steering wheel on all areas of the steering wheel itself. 
Jan 2013

58000 mi
The auto power window switch broke and I took it to the dealer for repair. Part were ordered and I am waiting to have the part installed.  A/C vents were fix again as the control arm broke off of the vents a second time. 
Feb 2013

59700 mi
After experiencing a forward hestitation/lunge between 27ph and 35mph on downshifts over the past few weeks, I took my vehicle to the dealer. I was told that the transmission was defective and they replaced it. oil pan gasket was leaking. The dealer changed the oil pan gasket and oil. The stabilizer bar was making a noise. After much research it was determined that the left CV joint also needed replacement as the clip was making a crunching noise inside of the unit.Both parts were replaced. 
Feb 2014

82000 mi

US $300
the transmission cooler lines had to be replaced as they were leaking coolant. 
Kia Sorento in Arizona, United States
Feb 2010 - Apr 2011
Apr 2011

13000 mi
The satellite radio sometimes switched bands due to a controller malfunction. A faulty fitting on the driveshaft had to be replaced. 
Kia Sorento in California, United States
Mar 2010 - Oct 2013
May 2011

20500 mi
car towed b/c intermediate transmission output shaft failed two days after I received a recall notice for it 
Jan 2012

17700 mi
Push/Start button became inoperative. Switch connected to brake pedal was replaced to fix problem. 
Jan 2013

36500 mi
After three trips in which they couldn't replicate a loss of power problem or pull any codes, they replaced the ignition coil pack and electronic throttle body. 
Mar 2013

44800 mi
Replace gas pedal, ECU; didn't fix problem, so replaced brake lamps. very odd. Then said the throttle body has a known problem with armature, and replaced it. Then sent factory tech, replaced harness. I inquire what was done to deal w/ nav system freezing on boot up, and am told it isn’t doing it for them, i.e. nothing has been done, even though they’ve seen it happen when I was at dealership and picking up car. 
Oct 2013

67000 mi
Problem returned in September. Engine would cut out unexpectedly for a second or two, idiot lights would flicker, engine would usually come back quickly, but sudden deceleration was unnerving. Traded car. Nav issues never fixed. Voice recognition also got much worse after they updated the map software. 
Kia Sorento in Idaho, United States
Feb 2011 - Dec 2012
May 2011

6000 mi
Engine oil leak. Dripping from filter. I thought it was a filter mount problem. They said engine cover leaking. Repaired. Still leaking. 
Dec 2012

16000 mi
Engine cover still leaking oil when traded. 
Kia Sorento in New York, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
May 2010

3000 mi

US $10
Inspect suspension for cause of knock, thump, on bumps. Dealer can't duplicate problem even though I am telling them the dust covers on shocks are floating on bumps and hitting top housing. Inspect suspension for cause of knock, thump, on bumps. Dealer can't duplicate problem even though I am telling them the dust covers on shocks are floating on bumps and hitting top housing. 
Kia Sorento in California, United States
Oct 2010 - May 2018
Oct 2012

15300 mi
Engine would not start. Dealer replaced the brake sensor.  Rear view camera gives distorted image when very hot. 
Jun 2013

22000 mi
Door for the gas cap would not open. They added a part. Works fine now. Also had a recall on drivers window. Fixed that also. 
Kia Sorento in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2010 - Oct 2011
Dec 2010

13000 mi
Noisy right front suspension 
Mar 2011

19000 mi
Replaced front struts 
Kia Sorento in Nebraska, United States
Apr 2011 - Jun 2013
Sep 2011

5000 mi
Transmission would unexpectedly slam in to 4th with a loud bang. Car would have to be restarted to get out of 4th. Dealer updated TCM and PCM (computers). 
Kia Sorento in Texas, United States
Oct 2012 - Jun 2018
Feb 2013

18000 mi
battery replaced 
Jun 2016

42000 mi
A small part caused the transmission to lurch when cold. Took a day to get the part. Replacement fixed the lurch. covered under drivetrain warranty. 
Kia Sorento in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2012 - Apr 2012
Apr 2012

33000 mi
When you start driving car start vibrating. 
Kia Sorento in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2010 - Mar 2013
Jul 2012

36000 mi
Fuel access door would not open. Needed slight adjustment. 
Feb 2013

42000 mi
brake light switch was erratic which caused difficulties getting in and out of park. 
Kia Sorento in Ohio, United States
Sep 2013 - Jun 2018
Jan 2014 Brake light switch was going bad. Shift lock located in the center console by the gear shift was starting to make an audible clicking noise. 
Dec 2015

67000 mi

US $84
Driver's side rear door lock would not unlock the exterior handle. Interior handle functioned fine to open door. 
Jan 2017

41700 mi

US $35
Front, lower ball joints were worn and had excessive play. 
Kia Sorento in Florida, United States
Nov 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

58000 mi

US $440
Many of the lights on the dash lit up, suggesting ABS, brake, ESC and DBC problems. Problem repaired by replacing rear hub assembly. Dealer wanted $600, my local shop did it for $440. 
Kia Sorento in Michigan, United States
Dec 2013 - Jun 2018
Mar 2015

49000 mi

US $300
R&R stabilizer links 
Jun 2017

78000 mi

US $900
Both front ball joints worn out and replaced one control arm that was worn. 
Aug 2017

83000 mi

US $325
Replace rotors, pads and caliper boots Replace parking brake cable 
Kia Sorento in New York, United States
Jul 2011 - Nov 2012
Aug 2011

1000 mi
Engine overheated resulting in coolant overflow. Towed to dealer. In repair for 1 week -found coolant in engine oil. Flushed 3 times, all hoses replaced & new thermostat placed. 
Nov 2011

3200 mi
Went to dealer for routine oil change--tech found anti-freeze in the oil again. They checked head gasket-concluded no problem. Ordered Anti freeze/oil filter and installed.Dealer not sure the problem will reoccur. 
Kia Sorento in Michigan, United States
May 2011 - Nov 2014
Oct 2011

22000 mi
An attachment broke on the drivers seat side panel with seat controls. Dealer ordered new panel last week and installed it in about 10 minutes today. Said it was the 6th or 7th they'd done, mostly on Sedonas. Very good job! 
Jun 2013

58000 mi
Replaced driver's seat trim panel, the one with the seat controls, for the second time. This part is not engineered strong enough to handle heavy drivers. 
Kia Sorento in Ohio, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2018
Aug 2014

30000 mi
driver cloth seat tore apart. dealer said its not under warranty than after haggling relented and agreed to replace cloth. 
Mar 2016

46000 mi

US $300
ball joints were replaced 
Dec 2017

77000 mi
replaced brakes 
Kia Sorento in New York, United States
Jul 2011 - Dec 2013
Aug 2011

26000 mi
Problem was caused by faulty mfg heat treatment process on the drive splines that broke. The drive axel half shaft and transmission were both repaired.  
Sep 2011

29000 mi
Check engine light on & read, parts ordered for emissions. 
Kia Sorento in Oklahoma, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2012
Mar 2012

11000 mi
Car would not start. Start stop button would not start the car. Was in the shop twice for this problem. Ran tests and tightened some connections. 
Kia Sorento in Florida, United States
Jul 2014 - Jun 2018
Apr 2018

79000 mi

US $100
Had to have a break kit put on it and struts replaced leaking right side had both replaced. Under warranty. 
Kia Sorento in Indiana, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2018
Jul 2012

26000 mi
Could not put the car in gear. It was found to be a faulty brake switch, preventing the the system from releasing from Park. 
Aug 2013

37000 mi
Replace Brake switch 
Kia Sorento in Nova Scotia, Canada
May 2011 - Jun 2018
Jun 2013

35340 mi
Vehicle wouldn't allow movement out of Drive unless vehicle was shut off. Turns out it was related to recall on brake control sensor control. Vehicle was repaired free within half hour. No problems since. 
Nov 2013

44020 mi
Middle passenger overhead light stopped working. Diagnosed as a short in light unit. Entire light unit was replaced under warranty. 
Jun 2014

48980 mi
Replaced Front Bushings as they were cracked 
Dec 2015

71920 mi

C $450
replaced drivers-side ball joint rear brake pads and calipers replaced 
Jun 2016

84940 mi

C $80
Rattle in passenger side front. Was worn away at connector. Was replaced, all good now. 
Feb 2017

96720 mi

C $775
Front strut bearings were rough and binding. Replaced. Front CV boots were cracked and leaking grease. Replaced boots. 
Feb 2018

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. 
May 2018

112840 mi

C $560
banging in front passenger side when hitting bumps. Replaced front passenger side strut, mount and wheel bearing 
Jun 2018

113925 mi

C $700
replaced rear brake pads and rotors Right front axle boot torn, axle grinding and had excessive play 
Kia Sorento in California, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2018
Aug 2011

3000 mi
Installed shielding to prevent debris from damaging front springs. 
Sep 2012

13000 mi
Transmission could not be put in park or engine started after stopping in a parking spot. Brake light switch was replaced. 
Jun 2018

83000 mi

US $490
Ignition switch (key tumbler) 

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2011 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

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

Kia Sorento in Indiana, United States
Aug 2013 - Sep 2013
Sep 2013

65000 mi

US $345
Driver's side motor failed and was stuck in half open position 
Kia Sorento in Ohio, United States
Nov 2010 - Sep 2017
Mar 2011

2000 mi
Creaky noise from front center console (around gear shifter). Added a spacer around a fastener under console. Cargo net clip broke under light force during extremely cold weather. Dealer ordered, will install later. 
Oct 2011

11000 mi
TSB fix on suspension cover paint defect, body shop fixed 
Sep 2017

120000 mi

US $30
Sticky caliper. Replaced pads and unstuck caliper. 
Kia Sorento in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2010 - Mar 2014
Mar 2011

9920 mi
Small oil leak. Dealer repaired under warranty 
Sep 2011

15500 mi
Whining noise caused by abnormal wear on tensioner pulley assembly. Replaced by shop Beige Seats became noticeable dirty despite cleaning. Shop cover under extended upholstery warranty A/C compressor became notably noisy. Sounded like a diesel truck 
Jun 2013

58280 mi
Strut Bearing Rotted and Rusted by fatigue. Replaced Stut Bearings 
Jul 2013

59280 mi
Steering Audio controls glitch. When turning wheel talk button is engaged sometimes. Hang up does not work. Volume up becomes next. Random occurrences, no pattern 
Nov 2013

64880 mi
Rear Window tape cracked and bubbled 
Dec 2013

66960 mi
Rear Window tape cracked and bubbled 
Kia Sorento in Kansas, United States
Oct 2010 - Mar 2013
Nov 2010

3000 mi
Head lights where not bright, recall on lights, problem solved Car was pulling to the right, was told not a problem but still pulls right. 
Jan 2012

15000 mi
Brake switch went bad car would not start had to tow to dealership for repair, took about 4 hrs 
Jan 2013 Brake switch went bad again 
Kia Sorento in Maryland, United States
Jul 2010 - Dec 2017
Jan 2014

54000 mi

US $550
Wheel speed sensor failed, but there was conflicting evidence of cause; local shop took care of problem. It was pricey, but I don't think dealer would have been better, probably worse. This caused multiple warning lights. 
Jul 2014

74200 mi

US $115
Valve stem broke and had to be replaced. Since it doubles as a tire pressure sensor and has to be programmed after installation, it's a little pricey. 
Kia Sorento in Alaska, United States
Feb 2010 - Sep 2013
Jul 2010

3000 mi
replaced all light bulbs on the rear of the car due to some TSB 
Dec 2010

5000 mi
Purge sensor control valve went bad. Ordered new part for replacement to be installed next week under warranty. Purge sensor control valve installed 
Feb 2011

5000 mi
check engine light came on and I was told they had to reset the computer according to a TSB that the manufacturer issued. 
May 2013

18000 mi
windshield wiper on the back hatch was making a loud noise when turned on. 
Kia Sorento in Maryland, United States
Jul 2010 - Oct 2012
Jan 2011

11000 mi
Brake became "spongy." Mechanic diagnosed air in line and bled brakes. OK after that. 
Oct 2012

29000 mi
water drain clogged 
Kia Sorento in New York, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

96000 mi

US $200
Changed shocks, could hear that one had failed. 
Kia Sorento in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2011 - Jun 2018
Aug 2011

2000 mi
Update computer. 
Jun 2012

6000 mi
rear brake calipers leak 
Sep 2012

9000 mi
Push start quit working. Had to have car towed to dealer. Brake switch replaced. 
Kia Sorento in Quebec, Canada
May 2012 - Jun 2012
Jun 2012

27900 mi
Shifting weird and bucking, delayed upshift in lower gears, too long to downshift normally. Felt like it had slip after awhile 
Kia Sorento in Missouri, United States
Mar 2012 - Mar 2014
Jan 2012

12000 mi

US $200
Replaced keyless start brake relay switch 
Jan 2013

22000 mi

US $100
Replace keyless start brake relay switch 
May 2013

25400 mi
Replaced power window switch 
Jul 2013

28000 mi
Back up camera. Only works intermittently. 
Sep 2013

29000 mi
Replaced backup camera. Also replaced battery at 29000 miles. Car less than three yrs old 
Kia Sorento in Maine, United States
Feb 2010 - Sep 2012
Nov 2010

10500 mi
drivers window quit half up, half down. Dealer diagnosed bad regulator, ordered part 1-1/2 weeks ago. Replaced today. 
Kia Sorento in Washington, United States
Mar 2012 - Apr 2012
Apr 2012

9000 mi
Engine leaking oil, problem seems to be finally identified, waiting to get pieces next week for repair 
Kia Sorento in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2012
Sep 2011

12000 mi
Bad design in right front strut. Since been redesigned. Old design bangs over rough roads. 
Kia Sorento in Massachusetts, United States
May 2011 - May 2015
Jul 2013

31700 mi
Clunk and lurch in reverse, engine light on. Dealer unable to replicate, no code in recent history. Dealer reset adaptive driving history. 

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2011 Kia Sorento 4dr SUV

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Kia Sorento in South Dakota, United States
Jan 2010 - Oct 2012
Feb 2010

1000 mi
Replaced manual transmission. Started to grind after 125 miles. Not sure what broke, the dealer pulled it out and sent it back to Kia so they could see what broke. 
May 2010

5100 mi

US $20
The oil pan was leaking. 
Kia Sorento in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2011 - Sep 2017
Jan 2012 Auto lights were staying on constantly during daylight hours. Dealer replaced light sensor to address issue however issue has not been corrected i.e. this work did not solve the problem. 
Jan 2013

6160 mi
Auto Light electrical module replaced. 

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2011 Kia Sorento 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

Kia Sorento in Utah, United States
Jan 2012 - Dec 2013
Aug 2012

35100 mi
The ECO chip went out 
Dec 2012

43000 mi
Eco chip was bad, replaced. 

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