definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,977 miles

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2006 Kia Sorento Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #46

Jun 062016

Sorento 4WD 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


I purchased this vehicle used from a local dealership back in 2013.it had 53000 miles on it I bought the extended warranty and have been unable to use it due to when the issues developed. Within three months I had to replace the passenger side then driver side low beam lights and the front and rear tail lights. This has occurred while driving. I had to do this about once a year. I recently June 2016 changed the passenger side bulb low beam again. Now I have noticed I have no tag lights. I ordered replacement bulbs from the dealership and had them installed and they still do not work. Yet no fuses are blown and there is no smell of burning wires or melted wires anywhere.

- Leesville, LA, USA

problem #45

Apr 152016


  • 151,000 miles
My 2006 Kia Sorento has had a few problems that I fear may be very dangerous. A few months ago I was driving on highway and it felt like it was speeding up on its own. As I got off the highway on an S curve the car completely died. The battery and check engine light came on. It started back up and I got to work. The next morning on the way to work it died again at the same spot on the off ramp. I had to have it towed and missed a day of work because of it. I brought it into the shop and mechanic said the alternator belt was loose and he fixed it. However its happened since numerous times when I turn the car off and try to start it again the car wont start at all for 20 minutes to a couple hours. Now recently it will shut off as I'm driving and steering wheel is very hard to turn. It is getting more and more frequent and is effecting work. Kia dealerships refuse to fix it at cost even though it seems like a big problem that many Kia customers have had to deal with. Other mechanics say they don't even want to touch the problem because of the reviews of problems on the internet. Please inform me and anything I can do as soon as possible.

- Abington, MA, USA

problem #44

Jan 212016


  • miles
Dear sir; at this time I'm requesting that your office send to one a complaint form to be file against the company car corral 11 in colonial height va 23834 for rightfully and knowingly selling a used car with the defected emergency brakes, dry rotten tires, rotors scorned, dimmed head light cannot be seen ahead of driver, need alignment or that when driving the car the car vibrate from side to side, odorous smell of burning wires and gas, belt leading to air conditioner is cracked and worn out, refused to present me with a car fax and when subject requested to file a complaint with the BBB of Virginia, attorney general office of Virginia and especially filling out the customer satisfaction survey form, all members of the sales team and owner became highly upset and bluntly on several occasions. On or amount 2/10/16 I spoke personal with the owner about the issues with the car and he did say "I will work with you to repair or fix certain items on the car, but I'm not trying to make it to a new car." He refuses to fix the items from the inspection on 2/6/16 from merchants tire and auto centers based on the fact that the company was trying to make money, I agree and disagree with the comments of the owner. The car was inspected in January 2016 but did not find any issues" what I want done to my car: Any and all items found to be deem a safety and health hazard or refund my money. Emergency brakes can be pulled up at any time as if a child's toy and the owner dis apologize but why sell me a SUV that was used as a means for transporting and exporting items for the company" when travelling on the highway the SUV will vibrate from side to side causing driver to enter into another driving lane and not to mention the odorous burning smells from the dash board causing headaches.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #43

Oct 022015


  • 17,000 miles


Since purchasing my Sorento in 2008 my husband has had to change headlights and\or break lights at least once a month sometimes more. On two occasions I was driving in the dark when I've lost both headlights and had to use the high beams. So in 7 years we have replaced approximately 84 headlights and/or breaklights.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #42

Mar 222015


  • 120,000 miles
Since the day I purchased this vehicle I have had to replace the headlights or tail lights almost every other month. I believe there is something wrong with the electrical system. Lately the lights and the fan will not shut off on the car. I had to pull out the battery just to get it to go off. The ac and heater switch back and forth constantly. One day you can only use the heater then the next week you can only use the ac. I have replace switches over and over and it only temporarily fixes these problems. Gas mileage is absolutely terrible.

- San Angelo, TX, USA

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problem #41

Aug 012006


  • miles
From the moment I purchased my Kia Sorento my family has had nothing but issue. From replacing light bulbs monthly to valve cover leakage to now a knock under the hood. It has 113,000 miles and has been maintained. I would never recommend buying another Kia to anyone with all the issues we have had.

- Bainbridge, GA, USA

problem #40

Mar 042011

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 6,700 miles


Panel dash lights intermediately dim, low headlights and back running light bulbs burn out constantly, license plate light bulbs burnt out and melted in casing, passenger air bag indicator light comes on when passenger is seated stating it is off. Powered door locks do not work most of the time - push power lock button or by key and still won't lock, keyless remotes don't work even after replacement of new batteries.

- Newark, TX, USA

problem #39

Apr 122013

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 157,000 miles
I have had to replace the lights at least three times a year on this vehicle since ownership many times. In addition, I have had to replace the fuel pump 2 and the whole steering system twice also. I was told that there is a recall on the vehicles of my make, model and year but not on my specific vehicle. So im stuck with a vehicle breaking down on me at least once a year that has a recall for other vehicles in the same model and year.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #38

Apr 012008


  • 50,000 miles
We have repeatedly replaced low beam headlights. Have tried various brands to no avail. Tried replacing one at a time/ both at same time with no luck. Same result in that they burn out within a couple days to a couple months. Shortly after purchasing vehicle, the dome light for the door does not work. Decided to investigate on internet and have found I am not the only person having these issues. Seems to me there is an issue with the electrical system. Only reporting to express my concern to the safety of my family and others who own a Kia. This has been brought to my attention after my wife was pulled over for having only one headlight. The officer was nice and only gave her a courtesy warning. Not sure what will happen the next time. Law enforcement does not allow ignorance as an excuse for the law.

- Clinton, OH, USA

problem #37

Mar 192014

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 92,500 miles
Just driving down the road in the neighborhood. Made a turn on to a street and heard a loud noise and engine cut off and power steering had quit working. If I was going fast would have been a wreck. I got it stopped and had to have it towed home. My husband looked under hood and a belt was loose and the crankshaft bolt was laying there broke off.called Kia and they said it is not under warranty for that. I have 92,500 on my SUV and the powertrain is for 100,000 miles but they say a bolt is not covered. I have read online - this has happened to several people. Now hundreds of dollars to have it fixed. Should be a recall before someone gets killed... also they should recall about the head and tail lights - they have to have a bulb replaced at least once a month and the interior light does not work. Has been this way since I bought the vehicle.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #36

Feb 022014


  • 73,100 miles


2006 Kia Sorento complaint: Engine, steering, electrical system, exterior lighting, throttle position sensor I am changing the head lights every 4-5 month and I think it needs to be looked at. Was driving 35 mph when the engine light and brake light came on with no warning. And just last week 2/2/2014 the engine stopped and I had no power steering and also no brakes. I was able to coast to a side road and barely got the vehicle to stop. The vehicle was taken to an mechanic, who diagnosed and had to replace a throttle position sensor and a mass air flow meter and air filter and the harmonic balancer. This is crazy these problems and requires extensive and expensive repair to the engine. This indicates to us a manufacturer's design flaw and probable safety issue that should be addressed by Kia worldwide. It's disturbing with how many other complaints I'm reading on this site about the same exact thing! is there any help out there this is too expensive for all these repair. The failure mileage was 73,100.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #35

Nov 172012

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
I just got my Kia a year ago and I love it but we are changing the head lights every month and I never get the recalls in the mail for anything so I think it needs to be looked at. Buying lights every month add up to a lot of money after awhile. And if I was driving down the road and both went out at night someone could get hurt.

- Liverpool, PA, USA

problem #34

Aug 242011

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
There has been multiple times of me changing both headlights and taillights. Now my brake lights are out at the same time along with one headlight. The lights are not even 2 weeks old. It really is scary to know that my lights can go out at any time. (which has happened, thankfully not when it was completely dark) and today, I almost got into a wreck because I wasn't aware that my 2 week old tail lights are out. My dash board lights and my dome light flickers and I have to hit the top of the dashboard for them to come back on. This has been going on for about 2 years and I have seen a lot of the same complaints with this make and year. Kia really needs to do something about this.

- Saint Martinville, LA, USA

problem #33

Jul 202013

Sorento 6-cyl

  • miles
I purchased this car in new in 2006 I have replace four tail lights and as of today when the head light went out this will be the fifth headlight, I am afraid for my daughter to park in the garage in case it should set the house on fire, there is obviously a short in the electrical system.

- Rome, GA, USA

problem #32

Jan 152011

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sorento. The contact stated that the brake lights stopped illuminating intermittently. Additionally, while accelerating the vehicle jerked and decelerated suddenly. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic was unable to diagnose the failure. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign number: 09V130000 (exterior lighting) that could have been related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 190,000.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #31

Nov 012007


  • 20,000 miles
The day after we purchased this vehicle I had to change the right brake light, sinse then I've had to change the headlights both at least twice, assorted tail lights each side at least three times, the front dome light will not come on when you open the doors but can be swiched on, now dash lights are going off one at a time some can be wiggled and come on for a few seconds. This has gone from annoying to a safety issue, and I read a lot of people on line with 06 Sorentos have the same problem and have been told by the deeler that it will cost them a lot of money to fix. I feel like all the others this should be Kia's responibility to fix.

- Blacksburg, VA, USA

problem #30

Feb 132007


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sorento. The contact stated that the headlights and rear lights had to be replaced at a minimum of one time per year. The contact had to constantly replace the bulbs for the lights but the vehicle had not yet been to the dealer for inspection of the recurring failure. In addition, the vehicle would stall sporadically and without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated to the contact that the crankshaft position sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 71,000.

- Watertown, NY, USA

problem #29

Nov 222007

Sorento 6-cyl

  • miles
Since purchasing my Sorento in 2006 I have replaced all 3 of my head, fog, and brakes lights more than a dozen times. Also the overhead console that displays the temperature, compass, etc has never report accurate reading. There were time in the winter when the temperature outside were 20 degrees however it would display that it was 50 degrees. Then they are times when the passengers seatbelt light stays on even when they is someone seating in it. I have attempted to contact Kia about the above concerns only to have heard back from anyone.

- Austell, GA, USA

problem #28

Jul 292011

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
This 2006 Kia Sorento was purchased new (only owner) and has had numerous problems with the interior and exterior electrical system as follows: 1. the power control to both side mirrors no longer functions. 2. the electric door locks will suddenly lock on their own just by opening and closing a door. 3. the front and rear window washers no longer work (safety hazard); dealer wants to charge over $500 to fix without even saying what is exactly wrong. 4. brake lights and headlights burn out or short out far too often, creating severe safety hazards. I have never had to replace lights on a vehicle so often, and I have owned at least 12 different vehicles in my life. 5. seat belt straps no longer retract properly and places a lot of tension on your lap/waist when used. There have been thousands of complaints on this very same model for the same reasons. The federal government should better protect its citizens from poor quality and dangerous flaws in such vehicles. There should have been a forced recall for the entire electrical system on this model. I am filing formal complaint with the U.S. congress as well. There should be a federal investigation of Kia/Hyundai because I have seen hundreds of the same issues and complaints on their car models as well, including both Kia and Hyundai models which are by the same manufacturer. This is totally ridiculous that you do nothing about this, yet it is costing taxpayers thousands of dollars and even risking their lives.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #27

Jan 232012

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
2006 Sorento ex was bought in 2009, with 56,000 miles. Currently has 103,000 miles and is a constant electrical battle. Have replaced numerous headlights and tail lights. The interior dome light only works when manually switched "on, " and the "A/C" setting control dial only lights up after you fiddle with it. The driver's seat motor has partially died so that the seat reclines back but will not go straight up again. The front two window motors seem to be on their last legs. The front passenger door lock actuator mechanism died last year and would make an awful, loud buzzing sound whenever the door lock button would be pressed. The interior dash lights are starting to intermittently go out. It's quite scary to be driving along at night and everything on the panel goes black. Have replaced battery once since buying it when it died with absolutely no warning.

- Addison, TX, USA

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