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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,750 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.

2005 Kia Sorento body / paint problems

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2005 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 042016


  • 155,000 miles


While driving my 2005 Kia Sorento, was coming to a stop, the right side of the vehicle dropped and the rear end shifted, the tire started rubbing on the body. Got it under control and pulled over. Checked under vehicle and found the frame was rusted and the control arm broke off of the frame. Had to get it towed.

- Blountville, TN, USA

problem #5

Apr 012015


  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sorento. While driving at various speeds, there was an abnormal rattling noise and the vehicle shook. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was discovered that the entire frame had excessive rust and fractures and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 124,000.

- Portage, MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 052014


  • 120,000 miles
Went to get the Kia checked out for a problem with transmission at the Kia dealership and they told me the back frame and suspension were so rotted out they could not put on a lift to see the transmission. In my finding there are tons of complaints about this problem.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #3

Jan 252012

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


I was traveling North on white bridge road in West nashville when a car ran a stop sign hitting me on the passenger side, which totaled my car the impact was so hard that it knocked the car several feet facing the opposite direction. The air bags did not deploy during the crash neither driver or passenger side.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #2

Nov 262013


  • 137,000 miles
Front passenger door will not (open) from inside of vehicle.. it locks and unlocks but door opening connection link is not opening. This presents a crash and fire hazard as passengers must either open the window and reach out to open or have someone outside open the door! had it repaired and it broke again shortly after repair.

- Gslloesy, NJ, USA

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problem #1

Dec 152007


  • 1,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sorento. While driving approximately 60 mph, the contact depressed the accelerator pedal but the vehicle would not accelerate. The contact stopped the vehicle on the shoulder. The contact was able to drive without failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing however, the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 1,500...updated 01/16/2013 updated 129/2013

- Little Orleans, MD, USA

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