fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,310 miles

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2004 Kia Sorento transmission problems

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2004 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 212011

Sorento 6-cyl

  • miles


I bought a 2004 Kia Sorento in 2006 finished paying for it in 2010, over the years I have had to change the lights so many times I cant count, I have had topaint it twice, then the driving shaft broke, the compressor was changed twice, the cd player works on and off the air bags light came on and stayed for months on end the engine light does the same and most recently there is smoke coming from the engine, I am having to stop park and let it cool off before continuing on my journey, at the moment I got scared and I now I have my vehicle parked at home because I am scared to drive it, it is a shame and I am very upset. Is there anyone out there who is trying to do something about these problems us consumers are having" I own my vehicle and has a clean title and would like to trade in or sell but with all these problems how can I pass it on to someone else" I am asking someone from Kia to do the responsible thing and give us some answers before someone loses their life, that is if it hasn't happened already. Don't let this be Toyota.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 272008

Sorento 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,930 miles
2004 Kia Sorento manual transmission transmission locks up randomly. I am unable to change gears. The shift stick moves to the various positions but the car remains in gear. This occurs while driving or stopped and trying to upshift or downshift. I have had the vehicle to the Kia dealer on three occasions, but they are not able to duplicate the problem and hence, can do nothing about it. Last occurrence, on 3/27/2008, had vehicle towed to the dealer, however they said that it was not locked up when they drove it. No help from Kia customer service either.

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 092004

Sorento 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
1. since new, 2004 Kia Sorento 5-speed transmission has had a grind when shifting between lower gears. I brought problem to attention of berlin city Kia dealership in burlington vt during my first routine service. They confirmed the grind and elected to replace the transmission as an attempted solution. 2. the problem continued with the new transmission, and in fact has gotten worse, particularly on cooler mornings. I have had it back for them to repair the problem, and have been advised that Kia is aware of the problem on these particular transmissions, but has no solution at this time. 3. I believe a recall is in order, as the transmissions are known to be defective by the manufacturer.

- Winooski, VT, USA

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