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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
71,667 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced tank (3 reports)
2004 Kia Sorento cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2004 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012007

Sorento LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


Tank just started leaking. KIA's plastic technology isn't there yet. It looks like american auto plastic, but it's not.

- , Henderson, NV, USA

problem #2

Sep 102011

Sorento EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

ran out of coolant, never showed to overheat, blew head gasket.

- , Sweeny, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 192011

Sorento EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Looks like a lot of people are having the same issue. I caught my two dogs (puppies) right before they could get into the antifreeze it dumped on my garage floor. I wounder if it is going to take someone losing a baby or someone's beloved pet, before Kia issues a recall on these tanks? I know this will be the last Kia I ever buy. It is supposed to have a 10-year, 100,000 mile warranty, but I haven't had them fix anything under warranty yet. The heated seat is not under warranty, and neither was this. 10 years is up in 2014 and 100,000 in 40,000 miles.

- , Central Point, OR, USA

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