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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,003 miles

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2003 Kia Sorento body / paint problems

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2003 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #3

May 262013


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Kia Sorento. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph the vehicle swerved out of lane independently. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road. The contact noticed that the entire rear sub frame had fractured. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for inspection and they informed the contact that the rear frame was severely damaged. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 7/1/13 updated 07/17/2013

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Dec 042012

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 10 miles
My 2003 Kia Sorento start vibrating as I was pulling into my driveway and before I can park it I heard a load noise and my steering wheel became very heavy to steer and almost loose control. I had a mechanic look into the issue and found the pulley bolt (harmonic balancer) broke in half. I had also check if this is an unusual problem - came to find out that this could potential design defect from Kia. As there are thousand of them that has similar problem complained on the internet. I had called Kia dealer ship and they are not helping on this design flaw issue.

- Stockton, CA, USA

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