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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
148,890 miles

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2003 Kia Sorento body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 182014


  • 121,780 miles


While the car was in for an oil change the tech noticed a couple of brake lines looked wet, when they where checking the lines they noticed the rear sub-frame which the lines were connected too was totally rusted out. The car is no longer drivable due to the fact that this sub-frame holds the rear differential in place.

- Medford, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 052013

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 176,000 miles
Was having my tires changed when mechanic noticed a significant amount of rot on the frame on the right side rear where the arm connects to the frame. High potential for the arm to pull out of frame which could cause a loss of control of the vehicle. Car started rusting around fenders and rockers 4 years ago. This frame rot is a structural integrity issue. Contacted Kia and said that due to mileage and year that it was not their issue regardless of the 3 previous claims I found on the NHTSA site and the fact that it is a manufactures defect.

- Middleboro, MA, USA

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