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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,000 miles

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2005 Kia Sorento cooling system problems

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2005 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 102010


  • 100,000 miles


My 2005 Sorento, SUV, begun to shake on the front and later stopped. I had a mechanic check it for the main belt to be off and he said it was more major. The bolt had broken off in the motor. Some cars from Kia had already had that complaint. I called the Kia headquarters and they said yes, but not a recall for that model doing it. Well it is and I am still paying for something I can't use."??"

- Franklinton, LA, USA

problem #1

Jul 202009


  • 124,000 miles
While returning from our vacation our Kia started making at lot of noises in around the airconditioning heating system, the air coming from the vents didn't seem to be warm enough to defog the windows, then the next day when it was warmer it started making a rattling fan noise when the air was turned on. When the system was turned off it didn't make the noise anymore. We arrived home unloaded our gear and then went out again a while later. The fan noise started again and the warning light came on and the power steering didn't work, when the air was turned off everything resumed to normal. We arrived at our friend house and went inside. After several minutes we smelled something burning and went outside to see smoke coming from the engine area. We lifted the hood to investigate where we saw flames coming from the engine. We immediately extinguished the fire and had the vehicle towed the next day. Come to find out several days later that our vehicle was too badly burned to repair the engine. The engine had to be replaced due to a timing belt failure. If this is an ongoing problem it should be mandatory that they should be replaced by whomever owns the vehicle or the dealer if the car has been traded because the next owner would not know any of the previous repairs such was our case. As it stands now there are some interior electrical problems such as the lights an the electronic seats we are hoping for some kind of recall for this problem. There was also a problem with the fan running on after the car was turned off. This was still happening even after the engine had been replaced and we were told earlier that it was a sensor problem which still happened even after the sensor was replaced.

- Brockville, 00, USA

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