2003 Kia Sorento LX from North America - Comments

7th May 2006, 23:09

March 24th post. This guy must work for Kia. Who wants to ride with a check engine light on? I have to bring mine in for the same problem. We'll see how well that 10-100 works. I'm sure it's something I did, and will cost me.

26th Sep 2006, 10:40

I had a Chevrolet with a check engine light that wouldn't go away. After taking if to several shops and not finding one who could fix the problem and make the light shut off, I found a lose connection to a wire near the brake pedal. After connecting it, the check engine light went off. I wasted so much money trying to have someone find the problem and ended up fixing it myself for nothing. The check engine light does not always mean there is something wrong with the engine.

11th Nov 2006, 13:36

I have had the same problem with the front brake rotors on the Kia Sorento I did a front brake job and turned the rotors myself in my shop. After a couple months they started to pulsate again. I took.02 off at the time. It's now down to the legal limit.

20th Nov 2006, 21:10

Continue of the brake problem @ 25000 miles.

Its been about 20 days, I have taken my Sorento in for the repair of the tranny shift problem and have heard nothing back from the customer service hotline about my brakes, the regional service manager will not answer my phone calls and doesn't return my phone calls when I leave messages.

The service manager at the dealership told me today that he heard from him that there is nothing they can do.

I am considering a contacting Better Business Bureau and a lawyer.

4th Dec 2006, 12:31

If you read your owners Manual under the warranty guide, theres a section there that stated if the dealer cannot fix the same problem over and over, it qualifies for a replacement for a new vehicle under the lemon law. I believe they also would have to refund all the cost and agreement.

7th Dec 2006, 18:23

The lemon law only applies to vehicle within the first 12 months or 12,000 miles, which ever comes first.

3rd Jan 2007, 09:38

Has anyone had problems with headlights going out?

I have replaced the bulbs in my headlights twice on the right and 3 times now on the left.

Also apparently Sorento rotors are hard to find???

There are 2 KIA dealers in Nashville, TN neither of which have them in stock.

27th Jan 2007, 22:07

Headlight problem? Windshield problem? Yes, I love my 2003 Sorento, but I'm tired of replacing the headlight bulbs every six months and still have poor visibility when it rains due to the windshield film that must be between the glass, because no amount of wiping or adjusting the vents helps to clear it up. And I've had the windshield replaced once already.

5th Feb 2007, 23:26

Yes to the Headlight problems. I have replaced the right low beam light 4 times and the left low beam light 3 times. I have also replaced the left brake light 2 times. Once I was coming home late at night and both low beam lights went out at the same time.

8th Feb 2007, 11:49

I purchased a 2005 Sorento in late 04, the reasons I have taken the vehicle back for warranty include interior lights not working all the time, brake lights going out on numerous occasions and some sloppy interior work from the dealership that I need to re-address on my next visit. Overall my Sorento has performed up to my expectations, I have 41,000 miles and need front brakes which I will install myself. The only real item KIA needs to work on is the gas mileage, for a vehicle this small 15 MPG under normal driving conditions in Texas is just wrong!!!

13th Mar 2007, 05:05

Our 2003 Kia Sorrento has had to have both headlamps replaced 3 times each in the last 3 months. Contacted the headlamp company and they sent us 2 replacements (thinking it was defective lamps) but the dealer refuses to acknowledge this is an issue with the electrical. Our vehicle has 80k miles on it and since day one we have experienced a clunk (technical term lol) when accelerating from a stop - anyone experience this issue?

13th Mar 2007, 17:32

We have a 2003 Sorento LX which was purchased new. My husband is at this moment replacing the headlights, for the 4th time. For his birthday (September) I purchased some PIAA headlights for him. Now March and both have been replaced. We also have had a continuous problem with the clock display, it being replaced once and now gone again. We just don't want to deal with it again. The headlight issue is of concern though since we find now others are having this problem.

2nd Apr 2007, 18:42

Headlight and taillight problems here too. I have an '03 which now has 85,000 miles on it. I have replaced the headlights several times, and am now starting to experience taillight problems. Also, my car has always vibrated when stopping, especially when I have to do a quick stop from a high rate of speed. I have taken it in several times for this and have had the rotors filed and an alignment, and it still happens. Other than that though I have been very happy with it. It is a very dependable vehicle.

3rd Apr 2007, 02:56

Had the same problem with the electrics and problem was voltage regulator giving too much current to various electrical components. Headlights went after driving long trips since they got real warm and popped. Headlights go first since they are electrical components that do not cope with too high current. Rest of the components do not mind an extra couple of volts too much, but headlights get too warm.

4th Jun 2007, 18:36

I bought a new 2004 Kia Sorento and have been happy until now. Dealership has had it for the past two weeks and I found out today they are replacing the short block. It only has 63,000 miles and the repair is covered by the warranty, but an engine replacement is totally shocking and unexpected. This has me wondering what I'm in store for in the future...

19th Jun 2007, 17:22

I have a 2003 Sorento which I bought with 10 miles on it. I have had continuous headlamp and taillamp blowouts... Since I live alone, not very many people are around who will tell me when my tail lights are blown. I understand the comments about shortening the life expectancy of the bulb... and I don't mind replacing them, because I *do* drive with my lights on all the time... but what's the easiest way to get to the low beams? I have torn my hands apart trying to get to the passenger side, which I finally just removed the air filter and was able to get to it with help from a friend... but the driver side, I cannot even get my fingers around, and there are no parts that I can visibly remove to get to it. Any ideas?

5th Jul 2007, 10:46

Hi.

I Noted the comment from the Kia tech regarding the known engineering problem with the headlights in the Sorento. I have an optima that is a headlight nightmare. Is engineering also the the source of the problem for this model. If so, what do you recommend for a more durable bulb replacement.

Thanks.

Mary E.