really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,000 miles

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2005 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 112015


  • 48,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sorento. While reversing the vehicle from a parking space and placing the gear shift into the drive position, the vehicle began to accelerate forward. The contact's vehicle crashed into a parked vehicle at 10 mph. The brakes failed while being depressed. The passenger side of the vehicle sustained major damage. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 48,000.

- Bloomsburg, PA, USA

problem #5

Jul 042014


  • 118,000 miles
I was stopped waiting to turn into a fast food place when I let off the brakes to turn in, the SUV took off from 0 to 60 in a split second.when I tried to mash the brakes it wouldn't go down and I couldn't stop.I ended up hitting a tree, the air bags did come out.the SUV was totaled.I contacted Kia's office and they had the SUV towed to a lot for investigation.as of this date I haven't heard form Kia as to what they found out.this was the second time the Kia took off on it's own with me.I would like this accident off my record and info as to what went wrong with the Kia.

- Silver Creek, MS, USA

problem #4

Jul 042014


  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sorento. While idling, the vehicle accelerated to 5 mph on its own. The contact applied excessive pressure to the brake pedal, but the vehicle failed to stop. The failure recurred twice. As a result of one of the failures, the contact crashed the vehicle into a tree. Three passengers sustained injuries and received medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000.

- Silver Creek, MS, USA

problem #3

Dec 152007


  • 1,500 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sorento. While driving approximately 60 mph, the contact depressed the accelerator pedal but the vehicle would not accelerate. The contact stopped the vehicle on the shoulder. The contact was able to drive without failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing however, the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 1,500...updated 01/16/2013 updated 129/2013

- Little Orleans, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 182009


  • 29,500 miles
Twice after driving our 2005 Kia sorrento at highway speeds of approx 75 mph, then slowing down and then heading uphill car would not shift into the appropriate gear and could only go about 45 mph. Luckily, the first time we were able to get car to side of road - we let it rest a while and then it was ok. The second time we again had the gas pedal all the way to the floor going uphill but it only did about 35- 45. When we reached the top of the hill the car picked up speed and ran normally for the rest of the trip as if nothing happened. Both times cruise control was on - but not in active use and the ac was on. Both times we immediately turned ac off but it made no difference. We asked local Kia dealer to check on it they adjusted the throttle control sensor. The check engine light did not come on, so there was no incident code. They said they couldn't be sure what caused it. We asked if it would ever happen again and they could not guarantee it would not.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012008


  • 75,000 miles
Idler air control valve- bad on 2005 Kia Sorento, 75, 000 miles repair cost steven Kia wichita ks, $570 dealer said the valve would need replaced, and pins cleaned.. symptoms, vehicle dies when slowing down wont stay running, car one time idled up on it own at a very high acceleration, scared me, I had to tap the gas pedal it didn't work, then turn off ignition switch to stop car.

- Wichita, KS, USA

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