really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,721 miles

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2008 Kia Sorento engine problems

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2008 Kia Sorento Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

May 162012


  • 22,000 miles


For the 3rd time my wife's car ESC light and check engine light came on as the vehicle speed came to almost a stop. This is very dangers for up hill or in heavy traffic. She also had previous problems with the ESC light and tps light coming on. Taken to dealer several times over the last year. We were told today it was a throttle sensor problem. It was replaced today and hopefully that fixes the problem, although I see on the internet where this is a common occurring problem. I hope someone does not have to get hurt before this is a recall issue.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 082011

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 59,200 miles
I have no rear brake light. The ESC off light comes on in the dash. I can turn on the cruise control but I can't set a speed for cruise control. I have a remote starter that has a safety switch when the brake is pressed turns the remote starter off that isn't working correctly cause there is no signal that the brake has been pressed.

- Lake City, PA, USA

problem #3

May 292010


  • 60,000 miles
Driving 75 mph on highway the ESC off light luminated and check engine light came on. Car lost acceleration and power (went from 75 mph to 10 mph instantly on hwy). Kia replaced the tps sensor and updated ECM module. One year later same event happened repeatedly. Dealer will not fix even with tech bulletin. Tried to contact Kia motors with no return response. At the current time the vehicle will not accelerate. Fastest it will go is 45mph even with acceleration pedal pushed all the way down. When you try to pull out or accelerate the vechicle looses power. Randomly the check engine and "ESC off" light will go off and car will accelerate but once over 65mph will lose all power has almosted caused several wrecks that would have caused an accident from behind. The lack of power is dangerous but not as dangerous as the vehicle losing power on the highway or while trying to pull out from a complete stop. Vehicle has lost power in intersection nearly causing side wreck. Searched on internet and tps seems to be common problem

- Little Rock , AR, USA

problem #2

May 112008


  • 10,480 miles
My 2008 Kia Sorento's throttle accelerator sensor has gone out for the second time in a year. I looked this issue up online, since this is the second time, and found extensive complaints about the same problem. When it goes out the electronic stability control system quits functioning also. My car has less than 20,000 miles on it. It has a loss of power and stability control when this happens. The dealership knew exactly what had happened and ask me to bring it in. This should not happen repeatedly.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 212010


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Kia sorrento. She stated while driving at 70 mph, the check engine and ESC warning lights illuminated. The vehicle then independently decelerated to speeds of 5 mph. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who advised that the throttle pedal was damaged. The throttle pedal was replaced. The failure recurred within one month. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the contact was awaiting repairs. The manufacturer was contacted and she was advised that the parts were on back order due to the demand for the particular part. The failure and current mileage was 33,000.

- Mulga, AL, USA

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