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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,000 miles

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2008 Kia Sorento miscellaneous problems

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2008 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 012015


  • 70,000 miles


I've owned this vehicle for less than a year and have observed several affected parts that present significant safety issues and substantial concerns to my overall welfare. Most alarming is the vehicle loses power during operation either in and inability to accelerate or the complete loss of power while merging or driving with the flow of traffic on the highways and intestates. The ESC and check engine lights comes on intermittently and remain on until engine is turned off. The dash panel lights flickers off/on when brake pedal is engaged. The back drivers brake light goes out sporadically. In the event that there is a need to cut the head lights or windshield wipers on while the car is in motion, there is a complete loss of power or acceleration and the car will slow to a complete stop in the midst of heavy traffic conditions. The passenger air bag light is consistently on. The cruise control function comes on while traveling on the highway without prompting and the panel keys are non responsive to off on commands. There is also a heavy shaking that occurs on the front end when traveling at speed of 55 mph or greater.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012015


  • 99,000 miles
My granddaughter opened the rear psgr door on the drivers side and it broke off and the front passenger door is about to break off I took it to luther Kia in inver grove heights and they said that it would cost $322 to fix the broken handle. I took it to a body shop and they told me that in his 12 years working with cars that a door handle would break off like that and he also said that the front psgr door will have to be replaced also. And they would charge $368 for both doors. I talked to a lady at my job she just bought a 2013 Kia sorrento and she said that when she purchased it the door handles were missing and they were going to replace them for free since she just brought the car. But they sold her the car with 2 handles missing I feel that there is definitely something wrong with the the door handles on these cars. Have there been any other complaints about door handles missing. I also had to replace my rear brake light twice and my sister was following me and she said that my brake light would sometine go on then not. I was also stopped by a police officer about the same rear brake light and I got it fixed then month later it did the same thing.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #2

May 172015


  • 115,000 miles
Vehicle lost power while driving 30mph since then it will start now but shuts off after a block's drive. Limped it home and have been reading on line this is not an uncommon problem. We've had it in for recall (front seatbelt light) and the ESC light illumination was dismissed at that time.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #1

May 292010


  • 60,000 miles
Driving 75 mph on highway the ESC off light luminated and check engine light came on. Car lost acceleration and power (went from 75 mph to 10 mph instantly on hwy). Kia replaced the tps sensor and updated ECM module. One year later same event happened repeatedly. Dealer will not fix even with tech bulletin. Tried to contact Kia motors with no return response. At the current time the vehicle will not accelerate. Fastest it will go is 45mph even with acceleration pedal pushed all the way down. When you try to pull out or accelerate the vechicle looses power. Randomly the check engine and "ESC off" light will go off and car will accelerate but once over 65mph will lose all power has almosted caused several wrecks that would have caused an accident from behind. The lack of power is dangerous but not as dangerous as the vehicle losing power on the highway or while trying to pull out from a complete stop. Vehicle has lost power in intersection nearly causing side wreck. Searched on internet and tps seems to be common problem

- Little Rock , AR, USA

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