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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,083,917 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 transmission problems

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2005 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 312011

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 37,945 miles


Car shakes when braking. Rear brakes pads worn down to 30%. had rear rotors turned and new pads installed at 37,945 shaking reduced somewhat. At 41,252 had rear brake rotors replaced, (because they where warped) and brake pads replaced, car still shakes. Mechanic states problem is in the drive train which somehow binds-ups when braking and is destroying the rear bakes. Shakes.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #6

Sep 092010


  • 7,415,378 miles
2005 Sorento love the car, but on take off around 45 to 50 mph if I'll jerk and lose speed but if I keep my foot it does happen as of yet, it just holds there end much give lots of gas to get it going. That's the only problem I have. Please help. All the time!

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #5

Apr 152010

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 78,360 miles
Earlier recall defective!!! 2005 Kia Sorento V6, had a recall of breakage of crankshaft accessory pulley bolt. New bolt from the recall has also failed. My crankshaft pulley and bolt fell out on the highway while in operation. Kia service refuses to cover the new bolt on warranty. Had bolt tightened at local shop and it failed again in 3 days!!! Kia is failing to fix this problem in which will result in fatality accidents.

- California, MO, USA

problem #4

Jan 032009


  • 50,000 miles


I have a 2005 Kia Sorento that started to shut off while driving on Jan 3rd 2009. Since then it has happened 4 times. It is random and I am currently in court with Kia through the pa lemon law. I wanted to file this complaint so it is on record.

- East Greenville, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 242008

Sorento 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving under normal circumstances, the automatic transmission in my 2005 Kia Sorento makes an unusual noise (klunk) while shifting between gears, then immediately loses power. I maybe able to drive at a very low speed for a short distance with no power or it will just not move (as what happened to me in the second failure). The Kia dealership in which I have had it towed to has done the following. First visit = "misc found codes P0716/P0893//clear codes ok at this time" could not duplicate customers concern. Second visit = replaced throttle pos sensor". third visit = "vehicle was low on transmission fluid". I am not accepting the last excuse as a fix to the problem, I believe there is an underlying problem. The vehicle went back to the dealer for the 4th time for the clunking noise that causes it to stop and the dealer replaced the wiring harness kit.

- Trafford, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 222005

Sorento 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
While driving my 2005 Kia Sorento it suddenly looses power and will not surpass 30 mph. When I change from automatic transmission to this new standard shift there is no response. This has occurred now 4 times the past 2 months. The dealer checked the codes and nothing shows. I must stop and shut the vehicle off, restart and all systems return to normal. My dealer says that I must bring this to them when it is in this state. This request is impossible to do.

- Glace Bay ,Nova Scotia,Canada, 00, USA

problem #1

Aug 182005

Sorento 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,734 miles
Transmission slips in the first four gears. I a have almost been rear ended many times because transmission goes into neutral. Transmission module replaced. It is still slipping out of gear.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

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