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Common Kia Sorento Mechanical Problems

The Kia Sorento was introduced in 2002 as a new SUV option for families and other people who needed more space in their vehicles. For the first few years, complaints for this vehicle were relatively few and far between. 

However, that changed in 2011. Although the 2011 model received high marks for safety, complaints flooded in from drivers who have actually purchased the vehicle. They ranged from difficulties with the door to engine problems and electrical problems. 

The sections below go over common Kia Sorento mechanical problems that have popped up since 2011 and what you can do about it. In some cases, selling to CarBrain might be the right choice for you.

Kia Sorento Engine Problems

mechanic holding the timing belt next to opened hood of vehicleDrivers with a 2011-2019 Sorentos have complained that the engine may stop working entirely without warning. 

A class-action lawsuit was filed against Kia in 2019 alleging that 2012-2019 Sorentos, among other Kia models, were prone to sudden engine failure. Unfortunately, that lawsuit does not include the 2011 model, despite the frequent complaints that have appeared in that model year. 

Therefore, even if the lawsuit is successful, drivers may be on the hook for the cost of replacing the entire engine, a project that typically totals around $4,500 or more. The failure is most commonly reported at around 77,000 miles. Most drivers would hope their vehicle’s engine would last at least 150,000 miles or more. 

The lawsuit also alleges that the engine poses a fire risk, as it can set on fire without warning as well. If you’re driving a Kia Sorento between the 2011 and 2019 models, you might want to have its engine examined. 

Drivers of certain Kia Sorento models also complain of excess oil consumption. They may find that they need to replace the oil in their vehicles significantly more often than the average car requires. Depending on the oil used and how far the car is driven, this could double or triple the expected cost of regular maintenance.

Kia Sorento Electrical Problems

Drivers with the 2011 Kia Sorento have reported a wide variety of electrical problems with their vehicle. One recurring complaint involves the vehicle stalling and then bringing up numerous warning signs at once. In many cases, drivers will bring their vehicles in to the mechanic who cannot diagnose or recreate the issue. 

The 2014 model seems to have the same problems. Additionally, some drivers report that the headlights will blow out repeatedly and without warning, leaving drivers without illumination at night. This may be a wiring-related problem, but it requires numerous costly bulb replacements without further diagnosis. 

2014 Sorento drivers also complain that the door locks may stop working without warning, forcing drivers to unlock the car manually. 

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