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Kia Sorento



  • I hope someone can help me. I have a 2003 sorento lx and everytime i try to put gas in it, it spits back out constantly like a vapor lock.this problem started right after i had my timing belt done. this is my wife's vehicle and she is sick and tired of smelling like gas when she gets to work.I try to fill it up slowly but it still spits out just about every gallon put in. I hope someone has the solution. thanks :mad:
  • yes, the locks should just lock without a buzzing sound, the sound is like a wrong answer given on family feud, thanks SIDMAN
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,788
    Now I know what you mean the buzzing sound. Mine '03 EX does it for many years. There is nothing wrong in term of the lock function. I hear it when I sit inside the car and to lock/unlock the doors. Sounds like an issue with the lock mechanism. I've never bought this to dealer's attention since my warranty is out. The locks work just fine. Perhaps you can try folks at
  • I wonder why I bought my Sorie, see below
    08 Sorento 08 Rover LR3

    Standard Engine 3.8L 262 hp 4.4L 300 hp V8
    Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)31.70 9.90
    ABS Brakes Std. Std.
    Traction Control Std. Std.
    Vehicle Stability
    Control System Std. Std
    Front Headroom (in.) 39.70 40.40
    Front Legroom (in.) 42.60 42.40
    Rear Legroom (in.) 36.10 37.60
    Front Shoulder Room (in.) 58.90 59.20
    Rear Shoulder Room (in.) 58.40 59.40
    Cruise Control Std. Std.
    Tachometer Std. Std.
    Tilt Steering Std. Std.
    Tilt Steering Column Std. Std.
    Leather Steering Wheel Std. Std.
    Steering Wheel Mounted
    Controls Std. Std.
    Tire Inflation/Pressure
    Monitor Std. Std.
    Trip Computer Std. Std.

    Base Retail Price $26,665 $48,525
  • I just saw your post and am wondering what ever came of it... I have the exact same problem and Kia has told me the same line as well. Eventually I got a chance to take one of their district managers out on a test drive to show him the problem and got him to admit that there is a problem. Were you able to get anything from them? I have taken my kia in about 8-10 times and it still isn't fixed. Let me know
  • munnymunny Posts: 10
    Whenever I turn the wheel can feeling the steering mechanism under my feet (under driver side floor board obviously). Is this normal?
  • dodgeman6dodgeman6 Posts: 42
    We have had our 08 Sorento EX and so far NO problems at all with it.
    WE LOVE our Sorie!! Hope you can find the problem and get your steering mechanism under your feet taken care of. Probably NOT a big issue as KIA makes great cars and suvs. Don't get too nervous..............have faith in KIA!! We do. :shades:
  • I have been looking to replace my 1997 Toyota Rav4 with a newer model something. I bought this Rav used w/ excessively high mileage for about 10k back in 2002, and have had nothing to complain about other than my fat butt wearing out the upholstery. I have driven this poor thing into the ground, and i suck at remembering to get it serviced. But it just keeps running and running like that battery bunny. Anyway, I know...this is the Kia forum....but there's a method to my madness. I was seriously thinking about trading my Rav in for a 2008 Sorento, because my local dealer is offering a killer special. I know nothing about the Sorento, or Kia in general for that matter, so I started clicking around the internet to see what I could find. Edmunds is where I landed, and I've been here reading horror after horror......and these were all people who sounded like they were spot on top of their maintenance schedules. Could you imagine one of these "precision machines" in the hands of someone like me? Holy Canoli! So, thanks to this forum and all of your stories......I am so getting another RAV4! You should check out Edmunds Rav4 forum, it's got a much more positive vibe! Thanks again! :shades:
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    The reliability for both cars is good. If you look at the Identifix ratings here at Edmunds, the Sorento has all green checks for minimal problems dating back to 2003.

    The RAV4 is almost as good, but has one "moderate problem" checked in '02 for engine issues.

    Kia Sorento Reliability Rating

    Toyota RAV4 Reliability Rating

    People tend to come to forums to find solutions to problems and you can get get a good sense of widespread problems that way (like the Toyota sludge issue a few years ago, to keep picking on Toyota). But all cars have problems and you'll find posts about all sorts problems in all the make/model discussions here.

    Posts like Dodgeman6's are unfortunately a bit rare - human nature I guess - when your car is running right there's not much to comment on but let something go wrong and people let their dealer and manufacturer have it with both barrels. :shades:

    Enjoy your new ride.
  • dodgeman6dodgeman6 Posts: 42
    This IS dodgeman6 responding to your comments about my postings being a bit rare. I thought the forums were for people to come and tell all about their experiences with their cars, dealerships, and manufacturers. My posts probably are NOT rare, just others have not posted or felt like it. So who do you blast if you can't go after the dealership or manufacturer? After spending thousands of dollars on a car (mine was that good for nothing 04 Dodge Caliber ST), most people react and do something about it in which I did. Going to a forum was my second outburst for the sake of others who WANT to read good and bad experiences with maybe a car they will buy or did buy.
    So back away from pointing ME out on my posts. Nothing was inappropriate, and all of us were welcomed to POST our feelings, and experiences. Am I right?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Nothing was inappropriate,

    That is correct and nobody said (or implied) that anything about your message was inappropriate. We appreciate all views and welcome all who share their experiences. The point was that people experiencing problems are more likely to post messages in public forums than those not experiencing problems. Of course, we'd all like to hear more good news but that's the way it is.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • tami5tami5 Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 Kia Sorenta with 120,000 miles. Crank shaft and bearings went out. Kia dealership quoted $5,000 for new motor. Calling around for a use motor to put in ourselfs. For a used motor $4,000. I am learning this is a problem with Kias. Anyone else with same problem and what did you do? If I didn't care about my credit would call the bank to come get the SOB!
  • mrmgamrmga Posts: 1
    The local Kia dealer here is offering a great deal on a nice red 2008 Sorento LX 2WD. The price is dealer invoice less a $5,000 rebate. That brings it down to a hair under $17K. For the same price, I can buy a 2005 4Runner with 45,000 one-owner miles on it. I was leaning toward the Sorento because it is new and has an excellent warranty, but I am getting spooked by all the horror stories on this message board. I haven't read all 3,900 messages, but I've browsed through enough of them to see that there are a lot of unhappy Sorento owners out there. I know that message boards like this attract owners with problems, but the complaints I'm reading about are consistent with the problem areas noted by Consumer Reports (e.g., power accessories, climate control, brakes.)

    Should I take a chance on the Sorento or go with the used (and out-of-warranty) Toyota?
  • You should get a much better deal than invoice less rebate for a year old Sorento even if it is new. Even less if it is a demo. The older Sorentoshad issues, for the most part the newer models are much better.
  • munnymunny Posts: 10
    i picked up a new 2008 LX 4x4 for 17K. at this price no other brand comes close for a 4x4. and by the way, there are horror stories for most cars.
  • cpetroviccpetrovic Posts: 9
    NO you shouldn't buy the 2008 Sorento until you have had a look at the 2010 Sorento.
    It will blow you away . ;)
    Completely different style,
  • cpetroviccpetrovic Posts: 9
    I bought what I thought was a 2003-2006 workshop manual book on e-bay .
    When I received it , it was a disk with selected PDF files of the entire features.
    Though out the pages was a e-bay buyers # and ID blocking some of the main features, but to a point was still some sort readable .
    Having complained to e-bay that it was not what was written on the sellers AD , I was given a refund of the full price .
    This in a way is a copy right breach as I'm sure the seller didn't want any problems as he had 100's of other car makes as well.
    If anybody wants these PDF files please post me a reply with your email address and I'll send them to you free of charge.

    Cheers ,

    Carey :shades:
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Rather than posting email addresses in the Forums, other members can email you by clicking on your name in the byline of a posting to get your email address - it's available only to members when you've opted to make it visible.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • dodgeman6dodgeman6 Posts: 42
    I OWN a 2008 Sorento EX. It is by far worth every dime to me. There is nothing I hate about this vehicle either. No problems to date. You won't be unhappy if you chose the Sorento. But, remember, when you drive it off the lot the value drops at leasts 50%. Ours was $24k, received $5000 off for discount though. About two weeks after that we had another dealership (not Kia) give us a trade in value. He looked it up and the stats were $11,500. Mind you we only had the Sorento for about 2 weeks. We acted like we were interested in a Honda CUV at the time. Honda salesperson said they use the Kia Sorento to convince people to buy the Honda CUV. I was not nice to the salesperson when he slammed my Sorento. I drove right back to Kia and asked them why the Sorento was worth only $11,500 after just buying it. They had no clue of course. I went online and it is the same way. SO when you do buy the Sorento it will not be able to trade in later on because it will have a lot of upside down equity in it already. So plan on driving it the entire time if you have a loan until it is paid for. We were not happy to find this out after the fact, but the 10 yr. warranty is great though. Oh, it is not 10 yrs. across the board on all things either. AND, remember, the first 12k if ANYTHING small needs tending to be sure to get it down within the 12K period or else they won't repair those small things for free after 12K. Like small adjustments, etc.
    We did take ours back during this time to get the pillar post between the two doors redone since it was peeling off. It was a minor thing that they did fix but they said it would have cost us if it was past $12K. The rest of the 10 yr. warranty covers different things equally 10yrs., okay. Don't get confused on the 100K/10yr. promise. Lastly, my cousin works at Honda downstate (not the same one I took the Sorento to get valued), and he said that the Sorento IS a great SUV and so is the Honda CUV. BUT the only real difference is paying lots ofr the Honda or get the Sorento and enjoy that one too (scaled down, but still nice, of course).
    Bottomline: We love our Kia Sorento EX, with no problems, and it is nice to look at and is solid quality just like any other vehicle out there.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    I was under the impression that Kia had a bunch of this information online, for free. I haven't registered there to check it out, but maybe someone can comment.

    Kia Tech Info
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    the only thing wrong with the sorento is its below average MPG when compared to other SUVs of the same size...its at the lower end....also to maintain the warranty you have to followed all scheduled maintenance to the T.....or a dealership may not honor warranty work.....the 10/100 is for the drive train only......again...the diff fluids and trans fluids must be change routinely, timing belt done at 40 or 60K and tuneups at 60K.....that was my 03 Sorento.......I did drive it for 5 years before the front differental when out..with 115K on it....dealership wanted almost 4,500 to repair...the part alone was almost 4K......

    it was a good vehicle for what is was used for..but maintenance and upkeep are expensive.......just my experience....
  • bvailbvail Posts: 1
    I am looking to buy a 2008 Sorento for my girl and I hear a lot about timing belts needing changed every 40-60k miles and other required maintenance items to keep up the warranty. That's too bad. My wife has a 2002 Town and Country that we purchased new and extended the factory warranty. The few times she took it in for warranty items, they never asked her about records/receipts for maintenance. I do my own oil changes in my vehicles, so I'd better be sure to keep good records.

    The salesman on the lot told me that these cars have a timing chain vs. belt. Has there been a change or was he just me?

    BTW, this is my first post. So far I'm a bit leery with all the negative posts, but I don't think the price can be beat.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    best advice is to look an at 08 owners manual and see what the scheduled maintenance actually far as proving it was done....thats up to the individual dealerships service departments......the Kia dealer I went too wasnt that restrictive on it...but I have seen some horror stories on the net abou [non-permissible content removed].....
  • scottdalescottdale Posts: 2
    Hi Carey

    Appreciate if you can email me the Kia Sorento 2003-2006 work shop manual PDF files...

    My email address:-

    Thanks n Cheers,

  • cpetroviccpetrovic Posts: 9
    Email address you supplies is not valid , please send me a valid one. :sick:


  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    We substitute a graphic character for the @ sign here to try to deter spam harvesters. That's probably the problem when you cut and pasted the address.

    To avoid getting spammed by putting your email in a post, you can mark your email "public" in your Profile and that will limit access to other members here.
  • scottdalescottdale Posts: 2

    Best Rdgs,
  • zorentozorento Posts: 16
    Purchased our 2008 Sorento in October of 2008. It now has about 5100 miles on it.

    In general it has been a good, solid vehicle with excellent winter handling here in central Iowa where we get a lot of snow and ice. Mileage sucks (Oh gee, really?) but right after we bought it gas prices dropped like a rock (Hah!).

    I added steps because my wife is not very tall and had some problems getting out without getting dirt on the back of her slacks/hose.

    At about 3000 miles or somewhere in February my wife noticed a vibration under the passenger seat or just forward of that area. I couldn't hear it at first since I'm partially deaf, but it got louder so I now hear it. My first, and lasting, impression is that it's related to the exhaust system. The noise happens at certain speeds only - mostly around 15mph and again at 35-40mph. And I have started hearing it now at highway speeds.

    When I took it in I got the infamous "Our engineers are aware of the problem and no solution exists for it" which I have figured out is Kiacrap for "We don't have a clue and you are on your own."

    They tried adding some "special fluid" to the transfer case. Drove it, flushed the fluid, and replaced it again. No change. They replaced the transfer case. No change. They did something to the right front brakes. No change. I happened to catch the District Service Manager at the dealership and gave him and the local manager a ride so they could hear the noise. His recommendation was to replace the wheel bearing. Give me a damn break! It is not the wheel bearing. Another clueless Kiadot.

    I will not let them tear into a brand new vehicle and replace parts willy nilly because they are clueless. Last time I saw the service guy (Who calls me by the wrong name. That impresses me.) He mentioned replacing the wheel bearing and I told him I'm enough of a mechanic to know the wheel bearing has nothing to do with the problem. Translated: I'm a better mechanic than you and all the people that have looked at my Sorento. He then launched into a story about a mechanic figuring out the problem was a motor mount. Are you kidding me? What happened to the wheel bearing solution?

    So for me the Sorento (except for the weird noise) is an excellent vehicle. The dealer is comprised of a bunch of idiots. I have decided that I am going to wait until whatever it is that is vibrating breaks then take it in. At that point I wager there's a fairly good chance the Kiadots can figure it out.

    Buy a Kia. Just don't expect anyone in the Service Department to know what they are doing.
  • dodgeman6dodgeman6 Posts: 42
    I loved your post!! I enjoyed your humor and the great word, "Kiadot"!!! I really like my Sorento 08 as well, and so far, no problems with 9000 in 9 months. :shades:
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