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Kia Sorento BL (2003-2009) Questions & Answers

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14 questions from our users

Neil B.

Neil B.asked

Sorento BL (2003-2009)

Have a 2008 Sorento 2500 diesel lost of power and a knock car starts motor knock like no turbo loss power

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Mishy P.

Mishy P.asked

Sorento BL (2003-2009)

I have a problem with my fuel injection hold down bolt randomly coming out or breaking while driving anyone else had a problem like this? Also wanting to know the foot pound for Kia sorento 2008 LX 2.5l

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tony h.

tony h.asked

Sorento BL (2003-2009)

2007 model 220.000kms, any problems that may be known. Thank you.

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Janet Knowles

Janet Knowlesasked

Sorento BL (2003-2009)

I have a 2008 kia sorento diesel 4 cylinder when I start it's making a loud noice. Any ideas?

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Filip E.
Filip E.

If its the 2,5 crdi. Had the same sound. First minute terrible and then a lot less but you could still here that the engine was to loud. I opened up the cover of chain c... It was a plastic chain guide. With 12 mm socket you can do Al the work. You don't have to dismantle anything else to perform this task. I have the sorento 2008 crdi 163hp 120 kw

Fed up

Fed upasked

Sorento BL (2003-2009)

I have a 2008 kia sorento diesel 2.5 turbo. I have had it since August last year. I have a problem with it since i got item i go to start it and it doesn't turn over. You pull the key and and then go to start it and it goes. So far its had a new immobilizer put in, a new diesel pump and a new celonoid valve put in. Its still has the problem. Has anybody had a problem like this???car dealership have nio idea whats happening. I think it could be computer or starter motor. Other than that i love my car

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Noel 54
Noel 54

Had same problem given same answer from kea dealer didnt replace any parts but when refulling tank put jet cleaning agent in with fuel haven't had any worries since .Also when turning key on wait till car symbol comes on dashboard before starting all the best I've had my vehicle since 2013

Fed up
Fed up

I rang the old owner whos had it since new and said if the key light doesn't appear it wont start and too pull the key out and it wil start. Its only happened once since. I will get to the bottom of it lol

JAMS
JAMS

Had the same problem with 2009 EX BL 2.5 DIESEL.(The engine turned over but did not start)Something to do with the key and the and the immobiliser/sender.
Took it back to the Kia dealer in Osborne Park ,Perth,WA 3 times about18 months ago, each time they replaced transponders ,sensors etc, etc.
Eventually they found the fault and I haven't had a problem since. Ring them.

chami

chamiasked

Sorento BL (2003-2009)

Jeep stop while driving & suddenly starts. Any ideas?

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Did you wave to the Jeep as you passed by in your Sorento ?.

Rudolph

Rudolphasked

Sorento BL (2003-2009)

The 4WD Coupling on my KIA 2010 Sorento needs to be replacing, this is an electronic compent that should not be subject to mechanical wear and tear process. However because the 4WD coupling is part of the Clutch Assembly, I have been quoted over $4,000
to supply and fit a new one. Has any body else experienced this problem and does any body know the cause(s) the 4WD Coupling failing?

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Geoff D
Geoff D

I don't know I have a 2015 kia

Rudolph
Rudolph

Many thanks Geoff D, for taking the trouble to respond my question.

Bob The Blender
Bob The Blender

Do you mean the transfer case needs replacing or the 4wd on the fly controller or both ?.

Sharon Clarke

Sharon Clarkeasked

Sorento BL (2003-2009)

Does the Australian KIA sorento 2006 3.5 litre have the same problem that the Americans are having .
Crankshaft bolt breaking or the crankshaft gear retaining roll pin wearing out. Have had my KIA from new .
I have had no problems with it.

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Stoffel1
Stoffel1

I haven't heard whether this is the case or not. I have spoken to a few owners of that model (ie the petrol version) on our travels, and all have said that theirs has performed well, and have had minimal problems. We have just traded our diesel in on a new Isuzu Mux and got a good price for our 5 year old Sorento. The only reason we have traded it in is because we needed a higher towing capacity. It had done 104k km faultlessly. The next owner will get a great car! We pick up the Mux today!

Antoinetta

Antoinettaasked

Sorento BL (2003-2009)

Recently looked at 03 Sorento V6 to buy, test drove it, this SUV had comfort, all the fittings, looked great inside with lots of space but I spoke to my mechanic to look at it and his reply was " not even looking at it". Have they paid more attention to the inside of the car or is this genuinely a good car? Please help

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Alan1954
Alan1954

Mine took kia two months to fix.
Sorry but cannot recommend.

Stoffel1
Stoffel1

A lot of mechanics have a general ignorant attitude towards Kia's. They have the old, "cheap equals bad" attitude. But Kia's have come a long way and are up there with the best of Japanese brands. The only "fault" I'm aware of in the early Sorento's is some corrosion problems in the back suspension. This happens mainly in Europe and other snowy countries. My mechanic had the same attitude when I bought my Sorento. He has changed his attitude completely after seeing how well it has performed. You could buy a Toyota for more....more recalls, more money, more initial outlay! No extra reliability, etc etc

Antoinetta

Antoinettaasked

Sorento BL (2003-2009)

just looked at a 2003 V6 Sorento, to buy, was sold once I sat in it and took for a drive, spoke to my mechanic who said he would not even touch it, so now have question mark on whether to purchase or not, can someone help?

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goindeep
goindeep

Since I wrote that review I have spent yet more money on it... its a heap of junk. Im now looking at the Toyota Kluger as I have heard only good things about it. Good luck.

john

johnasked

Sorento BL (2003-2009)

I have a 2008 Sorento diesel at present the turbo keeps dropping out have any body else had this problem dealer has trouble finding the problem other wise great car

2 answers
Alan1954
Alan1954

No I had no such experience but if you type in something like "Sorento diesel turbo problem" in to Google you will most like find others with a similar problem.
Hope this helps.
Alan

goindeep
goindeep

I had an issue with mine idling weird, mine was unleaded though. Heap of crap car, no one should buy it.

GAZ

GAZasked

Sorento BL (2003-2009)

Look at buying a 2003 model with 161ks, is that to high and am I likely to start encountering problems the car has a full service history and I am looking to pay $5500 or it? It is an as traded sale

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Alan1954
Alan1954

Hello Gaz

The Sorento I had was a 07/08 diesel model with low Km and the one you are looking at is an older petrol one so not quite the same thing.. However I would like say that the car seemed well built and drove well. When I did have a problem with it Kia Australia took six weeks to get parts and I was without it for two months in total.

goindeep
goindeep

That price might be a bargain but still the car is a heap of junk. Ive had nothing but expensive issues with mine and all of my mates that are into cars says its one of the crappest things on the road and that's including the kia service dealer!

Geoff

Geoffasked

Sorento BL (2003-2009)

What year models during 2007, 2008 and 2009 were fitted with Generation 2 engines/gearboxes? I need the best option on the used market for towing a 2 tonne caravan. Thanks, Geoff

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Alan1954
Alan1954

I am not sure what you mean by "Generation 2 engines/gearboxes" however to my knowledge the Sorrento is a reliable vehicle especially the CRD Deisel. I was just unlucky with mine I guess as a google search will reveal that the engine problem I experienced is uncommon. (leaking injector seal)
With almost 400 nm of torque the engine shold be fine with two tons as it pulled my 1.8 ton boat very well.
My reason for not reccommending Kia as a brand is because of the deplorable warranty support that I experienced.
I hope this helps.
Alan

Dave1802

Dave1802asked

Sorento BL (2003-2009)

I Have a 2006 model Kia Sorento V6. What fuel is recommended.Is the standard unleaded ok?

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Alan1954
Alan1954

Hello Dave
The Sorento that I owned was a deisel model so I am not in a position to advise you as to the correct fuel to use. I would however suggest that this information will be provided in your owners manual or perhaps you could contact your local dealer for advice. I would however be very surprised if the correct fuel was anything other than standard ULP.
Kind regards
Alan

Jack
Jack

Hey Dave,
Ive got a 2003 Sorento V6 and have always put premium 98 in it. After reading the factory specs it only requires regular 91 unleaded. I have recently switched to 91 regular unleaded and haven't noticed a difference, but I recommend you use premium when towing with it.
Cheers, Jack

goindeep
goindeep

I've used both. About every month or two I use premium, otherwise regular is fine... still doesn't account for that fact the car is a heap of junk and people shouldn't buy it.

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