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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,492 miles

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2006 Kia Sorento electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Kia Sorento Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #5

Oct 142009

Sorento 4WD 6-cyl

  • 92,348 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sorento and stated the propeller shaft for the four wheel drive continued to fail on the vehicle. The dealer replaced the front drive shaft and road tested the vehicle. Within the next month, the vehicle was taken back to the shop for the same failure. The front drive shaft was replaced a second time to no avail. The failure persisted an additional two times within four months. While driving, the check engine light illuminated on the warning panel and he could smell burning oil coming from the vehicle. The dealer replaced the front drive shaft again. To date, the vehicle was making a very loud noise, when turning right, the steering wheel would become very hard and a loud noise was coming from the steering wheel. No repairs have been made to date to correct the actual failure. The failure mileage was 92,348 and the current was 99,583. Updated 02/02/10. The blower motor for the heater had to be repaired. The front door's latch was faulty it was making a buzzing sound. The consumer stated the driver shaft was replaced three times and the vehicle continued to make strange noises. Updated 02/04/10

- Anderson, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 152007


  • 1,000 miles
We initially purchased a used Kia Sorento in 2005. We encountered problems with the electrical system (lights continually burning out) so we decided to purchase a new Sorento so we would have the benefit of the full warranty. Since the purchase of the 2006 Kia Sorento, we have replaced nearly every light (headlights, interior lights, brakelights, tail lights, fog lamps, turn lights and license plate lamp) numerous times. The assorted replacement lights were purchased from various locations, ensuring the error was not with the replacement parts, but rather the vehicle itself. The old lights were not retained. Our full warranty is nearing expiration and we would like "some type" of action to occur before it is too late. We feel that not only is this constant source of irritation and a financial burden, but also a potential safety hazard.

- Spencer, IN, USA

problem #3

Aug 292006


  • 1,246 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sorento. The contact stated that the interior and exterior lights would flash, the door would unlock, and the rear hatch would open automatically. The dealer replaced the computer and stated that there was a dead cell in the battery, which did not remedy the issue. A Kia representative stated that the ground wire could be the issue; therefore, the dealer replaced the ground wiring. The repair stopped the lights from flashing; however, the hatch stopped opening the very same night of the repairs. In addition, the heater fan only worked on high. The vehicle has not yet been repaired. The contact is concerned that the flashing lights will distract other drivers and lead to a crash. The current mileage was 39,600 and failure mileage was 1,246.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #2

Jan 242009


  • miles
In February of '06 we bought a new Kia Sorento. After the 1st year we have had to replace 4 headlights. 2 tail lights, 2 dome lights and 1 clock. Clock and dome light were covered under warranty but not the headlights. The 3rd headlight was replaced last week on 1/19/09 (passenger side) and the drivers side replaced today 1/28/09. Also while on vacation in the summer of '08, the battery had to be replaced. Kia has to be aware of this problem but has failed to acknowledge it with free replacements. However, the service dept. Did tell me that in the past 2 years he has replaced more headlight bulbs than you could imagine. If this is indeed an electrical problem, how safe is my wife driving this automobile. I have called their corporate office with my concern and their response has been, "well headlights do burn out". I do know of other owners who have had the same problem. Please help before someone is injured. Thank you

- Seminole, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 222006

Sorento 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,894 miles
2006 Sorento was purchased in Nov 2005. Jan of 2006 the check engine light came on and I was told it was due to possible loose gas cap. First time tail light went out was in July of 2006. Right rear tail light was replaced. In October of 2006 a tail light bulb was replaced during my 15,000 mile maintenance. In November 2006 right tail light went out and Kia replaced bulb once again. In December of 2006 left tail light went out and check engine light came on. Bulb was replaced and I was told my spark plugs were misfiring and were replaced. A day later my check engine light came on again. I am now trying to see what day I can take off of work yet again to go and have the check engine light looked at.

- Culver City, CA, USA

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