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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,056 miles

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2003 Kia Sorento exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2003 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 192008


  • 44,100 miles


Check engine light keeps coming on. Had intake manifold valve replaced per Kia, new spark plugs, core covers and new valves plus heads were sent out. Vehicle has been back and forth to dealer for past month and a half but has been there entirely for the past 2 weeks. Very frustrating as Kia will not provide a rental but after some discussion with service at dealer, they have put me in a rental. Dealer has been on phone with Kia and still cannot come up with a solution.

- Morrisville, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 152003

Sorento 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11 miles
1) upon purchase, exhaust smell was strong inside SUV, leading to headaches and queasiness. 2) took it in within weeks (?) 3) a correction was made, part replaced. Since then, the exhaust smell is intermittent, and not as strong. Service does not see further issue.

- Eastlake, OH, USA

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