hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,691 miles

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problem #7

Apr 132020


  • 158,000 miles
TL the contact owns a 2007 Kia Sorento. The contact received an interim letter from the manufacturer. The letter stated that the vehicle's engine compartment could potentially catch on fire and instructed the contact to park the vehicle away from buildings and other vehicles. The VIN tool showed no recalls. The letter also stated that the vehicle could catch on fire even when it was not being driven. Battleground Kia located at (2927 battleground ave, greensboro, nc 27408, (336)295-1542, stated that the dealer was aware of the letter but was not given instructions from the manufacturer on how to fix the vehicle. The dealer recommended not driving the vehicle until the repair was performed. The contact was informed to contact the manufacturer to request a loaner vehicle. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was safe to be driven. The manufacturer declined to provide a loaner vehicle. The contact was informed to park the vehicle away from buildings or other vehicles. A case was filed by the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 158,000.

- Mcleansville, NC, USA

problem #6

May 272018


  • 134,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Sorento. While driving at unknown speeds, the vehicle decelerated and stalled. Also, the check engine and electronic stability control indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who informed the contact that the spark plugs needed to be replaced. The local dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 134,000.

- Belmont, NC, USA

problem #5

May 012017


  • 139,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Sorento. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the ESC and the check engine warning lights illuminated and the massage "limp home" would display before the vehicle's speed would suddenly reduce to approximately 15 mph. The contact indicated that the failure had occurred on several occasions. The cause of the failure was not determined. The local dealer grand Kia of denver co. And the manufacturer were notified of the failure but no assistance was offered. The failure mileage was 139,000.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #4

Sep 092016


  • 87,000 miles
My ESC light will come on and my car will lose all power, step on gas and nothing happens, have to pull over, stop engine and restart, then car runs normal, this seems to be very dangerous if happens on freeway

- Horicon, WI, USA

problem #3

Mar 242015


  • miles
Takata recall I have had my 07' Sorento to several places. I originally took it to the place I biought it from. I was referred to a Kia dealership, which took my car apart twice and ran a camera through it and replaced the rear crank shaft. Then I replaced every sensor and spark plug ion the thing and also had power steering problems. It sounded loud and was always needing parts but in the spring, I pulled in my driveway and left my car running a few minutes while I got things outside taken care of because it was dark, ( the car has approx.124,000 miles on it) while it sat in my driveway for maybe 5 minutes it spit and sputtered and died in my driveway. I tried to restart it and it would barely start running. I took it to have it looked at once again and was told timing chain, electrical and crank shaft again. Needs new engine most likely and no one wants to work on it because it has some many issues! so, I am paying a loan for this car that has been sitting in my driveway for months because I will not and cannot pay for this vehicle to have anymore work done!

- Albany, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 282014

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
The car makes a bad ticking noise mostly when start up and it gets so bad that sounds like my engine head wants to blow. And everytime I start the car the biggest cloud of smoke comes out the exhaust can cover an entire parking lot with smoke its very embarrassing. There's an electrical problem with the windows and the switches. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. I think my car also missing rear suspension shock absorbers. My oil levels get so low that the check engine light and oil sensor light don't even come on to warm me. I mean my car looks new but has internal defective problems. I read online an entire article about the Kia Sorentos that Kia sold were defective. I do not want to be next in a serious accident. Would like my money back! www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/3292-Kia-Sorento-engine-defect-class-action-lawsuit/ the Kia Sorento is prone to catastrophic engine failure, according to a class action lawsuit filed in New Jersey. Plaintiffs allege in the Kia Sorento class action lawsuit that Kia motors knowingly concealed that its 2002-2009 Sorento crossovers were manufactured with a defective engine part called the crank sprocket. This alleged engine defect leads to a catastrophic chain of events that starts with severe heat buildup, the release of debris, and then leads to loss of steering control, engine failure and the potential for a hazardous accident, according to the class action lawsuit.

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 032012


  • 75,835 miles
The ESC light turns on car stalls, stops. Mechanic diagnosis shows nothing wrong with car. Car constantly stalls, or starts to begin stalling and lights on after 10 or minutes of driving. Mechanic cant find problem. This has happen since I purchase car at drive time 10-31-12. Many people have same problem not fixed class action suit is considered buy all. Please help asap. This problem should be a recall situation. This problem can cause a death while driving the vehicle!!!. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Middleburg, FL, USA