hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,340 miles

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2005 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 272012

Sorento 4WD 6-cyl

  • 105,800 miles


Headlight bulbs have gone out at least once a month since I have purchased vehicle used. Have to keep spare bulbs in vehicle in case it happened again at night which I would not be able to drive with my normal headlights ig I had not carried the spare ones in Sorento. Brake lights have gone out 3 times since I have purchased Sorento in March 2012. Lighting interior does not work unless you manually push the button from the top of ceiling. Door ajar" light came on and started beeping all doors were tightly shut. Was told that the seat belt harness metal part may have caused the drivers door to bend or knock off the diode button.

- Ennis, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 202010


  • 98,900 miles
Lighting (bulbs) very short life, bulbs last 1/5 to 1/10th of the life in other vehicles. Most recent both low beam bulbs failed within 5 minutes leaving us with no lighting while driving at highway speed on unlit divided highway. We have been replacing bulbs every 2-3 months. We always replace both headlights when one burns out. My other vehicles last many years, this vehicle is the only one I have ever had that headlights only last months. The vehicle is only driven 4 days per week and the headlight life is actually less than 50 hours use. We have tried sylvania (standard, silverstar and silverstar ultras, ge, hella and recently phillips bulbs all with the same lifespan (within days) something is wrong. There is a tsb but no recall.

- Stephens City, VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 102006


  • 12,000 miles
Tla contact owns a 2005 Kia Sorento. After parking, the contact noticed that the dome light was not working. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the bulb was replaced. The vehicle was taken back to the dealership four to five times because the failure continued. The contact kept replacing bulbs but the dome light still shorted out. The VIN was unavailable at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 12,000. The current mileage was approximately 57,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 042006


  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns 2005 Kia Sorento. Intermittently while driving the head-lights fail. Also the interior light does not come on when the doors are open. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The technician could not identify the cause of the failure. The failure mileage was 101,000. The vehicle identification number was unavailable.

- Calhoun, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 202009


  • 124,000 miles
While returning from our vacation our Kia started making at lot of noises in around the airconditioning heating system, the air coming from the vents didn't seem to be warm enough to defog the windows, then the next day when it was warmer it started making a rattling fan noise when the air was turned on. When the system was turned off it didn't make the noise anymore. We arrived home unloaded our gear and then went out again a while later. The fan noise started again and the warning light came on and the power steering didn't work, when the air was turned off everything resumed to normal. We arrived at our friend house and went inside. After several minutes we smelled something burning and went outside to see smoke coming from the engine area. We lifted the hood to investigate where we saw flames coming from the engine. We immediately extinguished the fire and had the vehicle towed the next day. Come to find out several days later that our vehicle was too badly burned to repair the engine. The engine had to be replaced due to a timing belt failure. If this is an ongoing problem it should be mandatory that they should be replaced by whomever owns the vehicle or the dealer if the car has been traded because the next owner would not know any of the previous repairs such was our case. As it stands now there are some interior electrical problems such as the lights an the electronic seats we are hoping for some kind of recall for this problem. There was also a problem with the fan running on after the car was turned off. This was still happening even after the engine had been replaced and we were told earlier that it was a sensor problem which still happened even after the sensor was replaced.

- Brockville, 00, USA

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