really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,109 miles

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2005 Kia Sorento Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #14

Jun 032014


  • 117,000 miles


I recently had to have the crank shaft sensor replaced on my 2005 Kia Sorento. This morning, driving my young son to school, I lost the steering on my vehicle. Additionally, the engine light and brake light came on. As I understand it, this is an ongoing defective issue with Kia's. this is a dangerous problem for the public as well as consumers.

- Windham, NH, USA

problem #13

May 032011


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sorento. The contact stated while driving 10 mph, the vehicle started shaking violently and making a loud noise without any warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the harmonic balancer was not properly attached to the crank shaft causing the bolt to brake. As a result, the harmonic balancer and bolt needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred twice. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was 87,000.

- Midland Park, NJ, USA

problem #12

Mar 012014

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
I was driving on the way to work and the car lost power and shut off.... lost all ability to steer, luckily no other cars were close by. Or else there would have been a crash between us. Had it towed to a local shop. Before looking at the vehicle they immediately told me it sounded like the infamous crank shaft pulley bolt. I was at a loss for word as it sounded like its been an on going issue that needs to be address. Too many peoples lives are and can be in trouble because of it. After the local shop looked at it and confirmed it was the crank shaft pulley bolt. I was advised to talk to the local dealership because there has been a recall of the bolt. When I spoke to the parts rep a Kia, I was told there is no recalls on the bolt or anything else 2003-2006 Kia serento. They could get me a new/used motor for $4K.... seems that Kia is only in the business of putting money in their pockets while other peoples lives are at stake. For a part/piece they know is faulty. After further investigation there is a countless amount of people with the same issue. Even people covered under the 100,000 mile warranty was told its not apart of the drive drain so its not covered. I would not recommend a Kia to anyone...

- St Joseph, MO, USA

problem #11

Mar 142014


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sorento. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, there was a sudden loss of steering power and the vehicle became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the crankshaft pulley needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 90,000. The VIN was not available.

- Laurel , NY, USA

problem #10

Oct 252013

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I was leaving a patient's home when I got around the corner from their home, my car just shut off on me. All the lights were on in the vehicle but it would not move. After waiting for about two hours for someone to come help me in my situation. I had to have my car towed all the way from West haven to amity, where I had the car checked out by the mechanic that fixed the crankshaft bolt and other things costing me a total of $1100. The car was still under the warranty for being fixed again when the mechanic told me after having my car their for a couple of weeks that the bolt broke again and it messed up the whole bottom half of my engine. I am still making monthly payments on this car and I am completely lost as in what to do with it. Kia doesn't want anything but money and the other mechanic is calling this a recurring defect and doesn't see the point in fixing it when the car needs a new engine. I'm ready to scream my head off because I don't have money to keep throwing away on something I cant even use.

- New Haven, CT, USA

problem #9

Jun 102013

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 98,900 miles
As I was driving my 2005 Kia Sorento at 40mph it started bucking and when you go to accelerate you can hold the pedal to the floor and it does not pick up speed. Took it to my mechanic and his software shows a recall for this and Kia is saying there is no recall on my vehicle. His software says recalls campaign-SC073 icv replacement.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 252012

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 82,007 miles


My whole family was in the car driving home going approximately 40-45mph when without warning all the dash lights started coming on and all power was lost on the vehicle. We were able to move out of traffic and restart the vehicle and make it home. Vehicle was towed to dealer where we were eventually advised the crank shaft bolt shredded into our engine, and that along with some other components would have to be replaced to the tune of over $5000 dollars. We were told that because this was an outside component of the engine that this was not covered under the power train 10 year/100,000 mile warranty. I called their consumer assistance line and was very disappointed with them. This same bolt I was advised was an issue in the 2004 models, but they assured me ours was manufactured outside the faulty bolt dates (tell that to my failed bolt). I was incredibly disappointed with the lack of responsibility they are willing to take to ensure that no one is injured or worse by simply fixing a bolt. We ended up trading in the vehicle and losing a tremendous amount of money in the process.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #7

May 302013


  • 123,000 miles
My 2005 Sorento started stalling & shutting down while driving down the hwy at 65 mph (happens at any speed). Code comes up for bad crank shaft sensor, this will be the 3rd time in 4 years I will have replaced it. This has caused some "close calls" while on the hwy, avoiding other vehicles & nearly being rear ended several times.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #6

Sep 092010

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
I have a 2005 Kia Sorento and it has 123000 miles. I was driving with my wife and I lost control of the steering, brakes and the engine shut down. I had it towed to my repair center and they told me that my engine was blown and I would need a new engine. The crank shaft bolt snapped and it was a defect in the manufacturing process but Kia is not taking responsibility for this matter. Kia is claiming that there was a service document regarding this but no recall notice was ever sent out to the owners of this model car. Kia is trying to wash their hands of this problem. I have spoken to many people and they are saying that even though they have the extended warranty that Kia wants nothing to do with the issue and are refusing to repair this defect. I have filed a class action suite against Kia but they are trying to have this case thrown out of court refusing to fix to issue.

- Sewell, NJ, USA

problem #5

Mar 252013

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sorento. The contact stated that while traveling 64 mph, the bolt on the crank shaft sensor fractured and detached, causing damage to the engine and motor. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 120,000. Updated 07/31/13 the consumer was informed the vehicle needed a new engine, due to the idle pulley bolt falling off.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #4

May 122013

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 116,865 miles


Was driving down road with my son when my car started to vibrate and make a horrible noise. The warning lights on the dash turned on and I lost my power steering just as I was turning onto our street. I had the vehicle towed to an auto shop and before they looked at it, the owner told me that it was the crank pulley bolt that sheered off. He said its common in Kia SUV's of that time period! I was lucky to be on a side street and not a highway going faster because there was no warning to this happening and I could've easily lost control. This defect will eventually cause someone to lose control and become injured or killed.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 032013

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 63,400 miles
I own a 2005 Kia Sorento 4WD LX. After a schedule oil change, the check engine light came on and the computer showed a PO300 code. While driving vehicle the vehicle became sluggish and would not accelerate past 50 mph. The next day while driving, a loud noise started in the engine. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the crank shaft pulley, ball bearing and cylinders had to be replaced. The tech also saw metal in the oil. The tech basically told me that the engine had to be replace at a cost of $4700. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 63,400.

- New Windsor , NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 032012


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sorento. The contact stated while driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the crank shaft pulley had to be replaced. After the part was replaced on the crank shaft pulley, the contact heard a grinding noise in the engine. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Clarke, NJ, USA

problem #1

Aug 012012

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 100,949 miles
Engine light came on and had no passing gear when you accelerate. Code P0122 tps.

- Perry, GA, USA

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