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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,006 miles

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2003 Kia Sorento fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 262010


  • 104,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Kia Sorento. Upon entering the vehicle the driver could smell an odor of gasoline. Upon examination gasoline could be seen leaking from underneath the vehicle on the rear passenger side. The manufacturer was notified and she was informed that the vehicle had previously been repaired for the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 05V353000, fuel system, gasoline:delivery:hoses, lines/piping, and fittings. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic where it was repaired. The failure and current mileages were 104,000.

- Montague, NJ, 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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