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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,700 miles

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2006 Kia Sorento body / paint problems

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2006 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012009


  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sorento. The contact stated that the rear frame over both the driver and passenger side rear wheels were corroded. The contact took the vehicle to two dealers. The contact was informed by the first dealer that nothing could be done because the vehicle was not under warranty and the contact was not the original owner. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact informed the manufacturer of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 232015


  • 177,000 miles
On 11/23/15 I was driving down 85S when I hit something in the road. Had to pull over cause it sounded like the bottom of my car fell out. After waiting 2hrs for help we nticed that the driveshaft (2part shaft) broke off, punctured my gas tank, my cable that runs to my transmission and put a good size hole in the bottom of my back seat. The shop told me that this a reoccuring problem with this type of vehicle. After looking more closely we noticed a lot more damage that was caused by this. My car is still at the shop as of today since we are waiting on insurance. But, this car has given me more trouble than anything in my life! I will never get a Kia again! and the biggest problem is Kia won't do anything about this! in the past my car started to shake once I got over 30mph, my dash lights and engine lights don't work (and yes we've checked fuses, the shop has looked and we don't know why they don't work.) guess this is what I get for buying a car from a crook of a used car lot!

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 052014

Sorento 4WD 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I was in a slow head on crash, to avoid hitting other cars person swerved into my lane. Didn't even set the airbags off. As soon as the accident occurred my brake & battery light came on. When I got the car back the lights were still lit, took it back & they blamed it on a belt. I had put a reconditioned alternator in 11 days before the accident, drove fine with a questionable battery. Now the power steering work occasionally & the alternator is not charging the battery. I just want my car to work like it did before the accident. But I must say this is the fourth alternator I have put in this vehicle, three rebuilt, but the third one was brand new, I am averaging an alternator every two years. Bought this car used in the same year it came out & it only had 16,000 miles. It now has approximately 90,000. I wish my problem was only frequently burn out lights. Replaced two serpentine belts, one left that goes to the power steering. So glad that kid was texting or something to cause this accident, now I have a car that is worthless to me as I can't drive it. The bodyshop put a new battery in it, it lasted 3 days. Wish I would've just stay home that day.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 162014

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 118,801 miles
Driving in winter weather conditions, had vehicle in cruise control on interstate going about 40 mph, not 45 mph, cars ahead were braking due to gusty winds and decreased visibility (blowing snow). Proceeded to brake to slow down, while in cruise control mode, brakes did not work as they normally due and vehicle hit a side rail on the driver's side, causing loss of control of vehicle momentarily. Vehicle was able to momentarily get back onto interstate road before going into a ditch on other side-opposite of guard rail, of the road. The vehicle was just purchased/finance 12/7/2013 and is now considered a total loss due to damages the vehicle suffers.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

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