really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,936 miles

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2015 Kia Sorento fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2015 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 202016


  • 27,000 miles


While driving approximately 50mph in my sorrento the car hesitated and stalled when I pressed the gas to pass a car next to me. Ithe felt like a slip. I wasn't sure what to make of it, but over the next 4 days it started happening more frequently. I went to turn it on the 4th morning and a cloud of white smoke came out of my tailpipe. I decided it needed to go to Kia immediately. My sorrento is a 2015 with 27xxx miles on it. This is not what I expected from a new car. I brought it to Kia and was called 10 minutes after I received my courtesy ride back. I was told a diagnosis was sludge and they needed maintenence records. I brought my receipts (which I had to have my mechanic type back out as I hadn't saved any reciepts). When we brought those in I had a spare key to my car and noticed it was in the parking lot. I checked under the hood only to discover they hadn't even pulled the valve cover on the car (I know this because there was a dead wasp frozen to the top of the bolt you need to take off to remove the cover that was there when I brought it in). They informed me that they opened the cap and that's how they knew even though initially on the phone they said they pulled the valve cover. They took my service papers and called me the next day to say Kia won't cover it and rejected my records. My mechanic is a licensed mechanic. No reason given for the rejection. They say we will be responsible for engine replacement but still can't give us a diagnosis other than "sludge". so much for their "best warranty in the business".

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 012014


  • 17,000 miles
How can NHTSA give a 5-star safety rating to a 2015 Kia sorrento based on a 2013 crash test done on this model vehicle when there is obvious a problem with this vehicle in the 2014/2015 Kia sorrento models. Since 2014, there has been at least 2 serious injuries and other complaints due to this defect and its non-deployent of airbags, etc. (please look at the photos, video & small overlay crash report at www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/V/Kia/Sorento-4-door-SUV/2015) the manufactiurer was well aware of this since they redesigned the 2016 model. This defect should be made public for all vehicles affected with these issues which should repaired or recalled to avoid further risk of serious injuries and/or loss of life. It is completely wrongful, harmful and negligent of NHTSA to give an "5-star safety rating" on a later model vehicle based on an outdated test & without fully and appropriatel testing; renderimg false misrepresentation to the vehicle shopper.

- Freeport, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 202014


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Kia Sorento. The contact stated that while driving the vehicle went into "safe mode" and decelerated to 20 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the fuel pump failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the failure mileage was 1,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Riverside, CT, USA

problem #1

Jun 152014


  • 2,744 miles
TL the contact owns a 2015 Kia Sorento. While driving approximately 40 mph, the contact was flagged by another motorist and noticed fuel leaking from the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that there was a leak at the fuel pump inlet. The fuel pump was cleaned and re-attached. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 2,744. Jcc

- Seal Beach , CA, USA

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