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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,683 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.

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2005 Kia Sorento fuel system problems

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2005 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 202016


  • 12,400 miles


When you pump gas it spits back out of gas tank. It does it every time you go to put gas in happens at the gas pump when its time to pump gas.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #8

Oct 012015


  • 136,000 miles
Bought the car used drove home.... car sat for a while came out to the smell of gas so strong the gas tank is leaking at the seams... tank is damp from gas soaking in..... bought a used tank fixed it and the leak it 100X worse!!!! you can't see the holes it's as if it's not sealing I have read this is a commom problem in this car. And not a cheep fix!!! no recalls"???"

- Mountain Top, PA, USA

problem #7

Dec 082015


  • 116,000 miles
I was driving down the highway and all the sudden my car gave a big sound and died. The steering was really hard to steer, luckly I was in the slow lane and coasted off the edge of the road. Had it towed to mechanic the started was bad, along with the fuel line and fuel pump. After got it running once again ran fine hour later the crank shaft sensor went out. I have read many many complaints about the same issues, also was told that my fuel tank and bottom was rusting out. And my sway bar is bad. My car shakes, I have had new tires and brakes put on and a new muffler put on. I have had all my oil changes and tune ups. They say there is no recalls, how could there not be recalls here in the usa. They had a class action law suit in Canada and Kia was made to fix these same issues.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #6

Nov 072015


  • 115,000 miles


Vehcile was filled up and driven to friends house. Vehicle was stationary at friends house for few hours. When leaving I smelled the odor of gas. Got light to observe puddle of gas under vehicle. I drove home because it was dark and waited to inspect in the morning. When re-inspected it was verified gas was leaking from inside an inset on the bottom of the gas tank.

- Nicoma Park, OK, USA

problem #5

Sep 152015


  • 57,000 miles
I went to put fuel in my Kia sorrento as I do every two weeks at the same gas station same pump. I engaged the pump as always put the nozzle in and when I pushed the lever within 30 seconds there was a gurgling noise and gas spewed all over me, the car and the sidewalk. I went in to get the attendant who had to bring out kitty litter to cover the gas on the ground. She had me move to a different pump and assisted me with trying to put fuel in the vehicle. The same thing happened again. I called Kia and they told me it would cost 800 to 1000 to fix. Now I am fueling the car with 5 gallon containers a little at a time. This is a safety hazard for the driver, other patrons and the gas station as well.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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problem #4

Nov 192014


  • 41,850 miles
While filling the gas tank, gasoline spits back out of the car onto ground (and me)...not an overlow; an actual projectile spitting!

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #3

May 302013


  • 123,000 miles


My 2005 Sorento started stalling & shutting down while driving down the hwy at 65 mph (happens at any speed). Code comes up for bad crank shaft sensor, this will be the 3rd time in 4 years I will have replaced it. This has caused some "close calls" while on the hwy, avoiding other vehicles & nearly being rear ended several times.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #2

Mar 032013

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 63,400 miles
I own a 2005 Kia Sorento 4WD LX. After a schedule oil change, the check engine light came on and the computer showed a PO300 code. While driving vehicle the vehicle became sluggish and would not accelerate past 50 mph. The next day while driving, a loud noise started in the engine. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the crank shaft pulley, ball bearing and cylinders had to be replaced. The tech also saw metal in the oil. The tech basically told me that the engine had to be replace at a cost of $4700. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 63,400.

- New Windsor , NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 012012


  • 79,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sorento. The contact stated that fuel fumes were emitted inside and around the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the fuel tank was leaking and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The failure mileage was 79,500.

- Portage, PA, USA

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