really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,312 miles

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2005 Kia Sorento drivetrain problems

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2005 Kia Sorento Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Jun 152011


  • 120,000 miles


The main crank shaft pully bolt stripped out and caused the crank shaft to start to work its way out of the motor block I talked to Kia customer service center and they said that it was not covered as a recall even though it was a main failure in the previous two years of 2003 and 2004 they said that they had fixed the problem by installing a different bolt in the 2005 model but in my opinion that is a false statement do to the fact it has failed in my 2005 Sorento telling me the problem has not been solved.

- Hot Springs, AR, USA

problem #5

Feb 042007

Sorento 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sorento. The contact stated that while driving up hill and depressing the accelerator pedal or changing gears, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was moved to the side of the road for a few minutes and then she was able to continue driving normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 63,000. Updated 04/12/11 updated 12/28/2011

- Little Orleans, MD, USA

problem #4

Dec 052010


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia sorrento. The contact was attempting a turn while driving approximately 2 mph when the steering wheel abnormally locked. The contact was unable to turn the wheel and the vehicle was immediately shut off. The vehicle was then towed to an independent repair facility where she was informed that a bolt within the driveshaft had fractured and caused the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 64,000.

- Laurel, MS, USA

problem #3

Nov 102010


  • 100,000 miles


My 2005 Sorento, SUV, begun to shake on the front and later stopped. I had a mechanic check it for the main belt to be off and he said it was more major. The bolt had broken off in the motor. Some cars from Kia had already had that complaint. I called the Kia headquarters and they said yes, but not a recall for that model doing it. Well it is and I am still paying for something I can't use."??"

- Franklinton, LA, USA

problem #2

Nov 152009


  • 88,000 miles
The crank shaft pulley in my 2005 Kia Sorento is defective. The part has failed multiple time and the manufacturer refuses to repair or replace the part or vehicle. The car is still within the power-train warranty with cover the engine. They have however stated that this is not covered as it is not part of the engine however this part is according to the dealership part of the engine as it controls the pistons and with out it the engine can not run. This seem to be a common problem as consumer complaint are posted all over the internet and the dealership has informed me they receive many complaint about this same issue and fix 3-4 a week and often the part fails and they again have to replace it.

- Wellesley, MA, USA

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problem #1

Jul 152009


  • 65,400 miles
The gear shift leaver broke while driving 2005 Kia sorrento when examining the leaver it is held together by a small plastic screw that split in half when the lever was shifted into another gear. Thus making the shifter inoperable the car had 65000 miles on it I brought the car to Kia and had to replace the shift leaver. I did not ask to keep the old leaver.

- Denver, CO, USA

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