2005 Kia Sorento Reviews - Page 3 of 5

2005 Kia Sorento LX 3.2(?) V6 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.2(?) V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired15200 miles
Most recent distance33000 miles
Previous carPontiac Sunbird

Summary:

Remember this is NOT a car-type SUV, but a truck body, and you won't be disappointed; great vehicle

Faults:

Battery was dead a couple weekends ago, when we jumped the car all the lights blew out and had to replace a fuse.

Driver seat has a funny blue stain on it - maybe from my jeans? No other car I use has this issue.

General Comments:

Handles like a big truck, which makes sense because it is built on a big truck chassis - most people don't think about this!

High center of gravity (like all SUVs) means that you have to be careful about taking corners too quickly or making sharp maneuvers in the vehicle; you could roll it with too sharp a turn.

Somewhat noisy ride, but not bad considering it's an SUV.

Sound system is great for stock, pumps out great volume and serious bass.

Gas mileage is what you'd expect from a SUV...15-20 MPG every tank.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2007

2005 Kia Sorento EX 3.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired14 kilometres
Most recent distance97600 kilometres
Previous carKia Carnival

Summary:

Looking forward to buying the latest model

Faults:

After a dealer service interval, the battery will discharge completely. Usually occurs twice in a two weeks, then behaves till the next service.

General Comments:

Value for money, without a doubt.

This unit has had tyres replaced at 85,000km, and is still on its original brake pads and rotors.

Handling is certainly good for a car without electronic stability control or traction control.

Easily out performs various mid-sized pretenders, both on and off road. Excellent for towing heavy loads.

The car's ability to turn in quickly gives it a turning circle that is quite small, allowing easy maneuvering and parking in tight places.

Overall for a package with leather and sunroof, this mid-sized vehicle is hard to beat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2007

2005 Kia Sorento from North America

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Previous carDodge plymouth breeze

Faults:

My Check Engine light has been stuck on even though we have the little machine to read it and turn it out. (once was gas cap and now it says its the emissions stuff) I have had to three headlamps (all low beam) go out in the last three months. Last night... it got "stuck" in first gear and wouldn't come out woudlnt move etc. Kia came and towed it and today dealership says there is nothing wrong with the car at all. its running perfectly. I asked about the headlamps they said they just go through a lot of them. For THEM to replace it it would be about 50$... yuck. I will cook the neighbor dinner. He will change it for me.

General Comments:

I like the car... just not happy with the answers the mechanics give.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 6th June, 2007

2005 Kia Sorento LX 3.5L from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.5L Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance39000 miles
Previous carDodge Pickup

Summary:

Due to unresolved safety issue we cannot recommend our Sorento or KIA

Faults:

We have documented with KIA that we are highly dissatisfied with our 2005 Sorento because of its serious safety defect: Since almost new it has had a highly intermittent shifting problem in the defective manual transmission. When it malfunctions (we have logged 9 incidents to date) we are put in a highly unsafe situation as we cannot shift gears at all or move the vehicle at all. Although KIA denied any known complaints of this problem we have confirmed that we are not an isolated case. Because KIA has not duplicated the symptom in our vehicle they will offer no solution.

General Comments:

The shifting problem in the defective manual transmission seriously impairs the safety of our Sorento.

Other than the known safety defect we have no other complaints with our Sorento and think it would prove to be a great vehicle if this problem were resolved.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th December, 2006

7th Jan 2007, 17:41

Just out of interest what is the shifting problem?

Do you mean the car jumps out of gear?

If it is a problem that happens regularly maybe you could record the event using your phone or digital camera? That way Kia would have listen.

14th Jan 2007, 11:58

In answer to your question here is what happens:

Highly intermittently, suddenly while we are driving the manual transmission "locks up" in what must be 5th gear while we are in the process of shifting gears. Even though we are in 1st or other gears it will not move and we cannot get it to shift. Only after repeatedly trying to shift gears reverse has gotten it to shift again. Another man documented his exact problem, but he can finally get it to shift again by going to 5th gear.

It does not jump or anything. It has happened pulling away from a light in 1st gear only it is stuck and won't shift or move.

If anyone has experienced this exact problem it is vital that you please email me at wellingd2@yahoo.com.

Thank you.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 20 reviews