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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,286 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Kia Sorento electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 182008

Sorento 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 46,800 miles


The original battery failed at 2 1/2 years and the replacement battery (Kia battery) failed after only 1 1/2 years. I have replaced the headlights (4 times), fog lights (2 times), tail lights (2 times), and license plate light. Electrical system check showed no problems that could be causing all of these failures.

- Laytonsville, MD, USA

problem #1

May 302006

Sorento 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,773 miles
2004 Kia Sorento - loss of power, brake and battery lights illuminated, vehicle stalled. Crank bolt failure. Happened 3 times; replaced/fixed 3 times. A letter to Kia being sent at the time this was being written.

- Enfield, CT, USA

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