really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41 miles

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2003 Kia Sorento drivetrain problems

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2003 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 152006

Sorento 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124 miles


I drive a 2003 Kia/Sorento/4D. On or about Dec 15 2006 I notice a loud noise an server vibration coming under vehicle. I took SUV to family mechanic. He could not find problem and recommended that I take vehicle to Kia dealer. On Dec 27 2006 Kia dealer tech initial diag reads 4X4 is staying engaged all the time. Suspected switch failure. Therefore front diff staying engaged all the time. This has caused internal damage to front diff and front propeller shaft. Estimate cost to repair/2,775.00 I am at a lost cause vehicle is no longer under warranty, but I feel because 4X4 release/engage switch failure that I should not have to endure the financial burden. Repairing this manufactures defect.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #2

Jul 062005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have consistently had problems with my car from the 1st month of purchase. The major problems have been: Check engine light kept coming on and a problem with the drive shaft. The check engine light problem was resolved approximately 2 attempts after it first appeared. It was diagnosed as a problem with the tsp. The problem with the drive shaft has not yet been resolved as it still continue to vibrate at speeds higher than 65 mph. These problems concern me as it may interfere or hinder with my driving abilities and cause an accident.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 032002

(reported on)

Sorento 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle driveshaft installed 180 degrees out (upside down) causing severe vibration. Driveshaft turned 180 degrees. Still has vibration. Dealer not sure of cause.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

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