hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,933 miles

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2005 Kia Sorento lights problems

lights problem

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2005 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #3

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 #2

Mar 052008


  • miles
Lighting problem in my 2005 Kia Sorento LX. In 2006, my dome light stopped working in the "door" position (I didn't get it fixed). Since 2006, I have replaced my Kia's left headlight 3 times and the right headlight 2 times. I now have my right headlight out again and the rear left brake light as well. Since this has happened too many times to be normal, I called Kia. The Kia dealership says it requires "Kia lightbulbs" at $50/each as well as a $75 diagnostic fee to check the electrical system. Kia claims there is a problem with after manufacture light bulbs and that only "Kia lightbulbs" will work. Checking the internet, I found numerous similar complaints from 2005 Sorento owners. This needs to be recalled. I lucked out that only one headlight went out at a time, otherwise, I would have had no headlights. Not to mention the cost in replacement lightbulbs.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 012006

Sorento 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sorento. The contact noticed that the driver's side rear brake lights were not illuminating. The dealer replaced the light bulb, and, approximately three or four months later, the bulb was replaced again. The light bulb stopped working again three months later. The dealer replaced the bulb once more, but was unable to diagnose the failure. Also, the driver's side headlight stopped working. The dealer replaced the light bulb for the fourth time. Since the last remedy, there have been no other failures. The current and failure mileage were 47,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

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