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2.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,976 miles

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2004 Kia Sorento body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 142014

Sorento

  • 85,392 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Major rust problem with frame and suspension Kia Sorento purchased March 30 2004 2 months past the warranty 85392 miles having just driven on the highway 65mph vehicle was entering school parkinglot, at the entrance vehicle went over speed bump at this point there was a loud bang and the vehicle started shaking and squealing. Upon inspection the passenger side rear stabilizer-traction bar broke completely off the frame rail just forward of the wheel. This causes the rear axel to move freely forward and back. Further inspection by Kia dealership shoed more components above the rear axel broken free. I filed a good will complaint with Kia who responded with a big no regarding any help. Fortunately this breakdown happened in a parking lot and no injuries happened but if this had happened on the highway it would have been a major accident with possible injuries or death if the vehicle rolled over. This was very good low maintenance low mileage vehicle and we were hoping for a few more years of usage, now we are disappointed with Kia that no notices of major rust issues were made available. Now what we have is a car that worthless and doesn't live up to the warranty limits.

- Norfolk, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 072013

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 72,560 miles
While exiting my driveway at home (which is on a an incline and exits onto a state highway) I lost all braking capability. When I took the car into my local garage to have the problem diagnosed I was told the brake lines were completely corroded through which caused the loss of braking ability. While attempting the repairs the mechanic smelled gasoline fumes and found that the fuel lines where they exit the tank has also corroded through. I started to notice under body corrosion several years ago when the parking brake body attachment points on the rear differential corroded and became dislodged. All of this corrosion seems to be occurring much sooner than I would expect and sooner than I have ever experienced with other vehicles I have owned manufactured by other companies.

- Airville, PA, USA

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