by lhasadaddy on Aug 23, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 Kia Sorento LX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
This Sorrento was a replacement for my previous vehicle.
It was used and abused. Previous owner did no maintenance on it. Spent a couple of hours under the hood cleaning MAF sensor, throttle body. Had my buddy replace the oil and all the tires. Not to mention complete brake fluid change( no charge for any of it. For which I am eternally grateful) it now runs like a champ. Roomy , comfortable, fun, and a pleasure to drive. Still needs to have a few little things done. The fact it ran as good as it did considering what wasn't done in it 255,000 miles of service is testament to its build quality. Called KIA about recalls. Booked in same day.
by dswanson1 on Apr 10, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 Kia Sorento EX Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
This was the worst vehicle choice ever!!
We had it for 3 months and the radiator blew.
Then all the window switches stopped working and the AC would not hold its charge.
The transmission started going out when we hit 110,000 miles and when we traded it in, we only got $1500 for it.
Thought that would be the last time I got a KIA that was build prior to 2005, but my wife tricked me and bought a 2003 Kia Spectra.
We have had nothing but issues with that one also.
by sorento2012 on Mar 3, 2011 Vehicle: 2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
Minor problems like horn, clock not working. Had to replace the U-joint front and back. Everything else is fine and working. Minor leak in sunroof, was adjusted. Paint on side mirrors came off and the same for the tail hatch. Made out of plastic.
The Sorento is an all-new SUV from Kia. Larger and more powerful than the pint-size Sportage (which is expected to return for 2004 after a 2003 hiatus, by the way), the Sorento straddles the emerging middle ground between small SUVs and midsize SUVs. And it does so while offering interested buyers true off-road ability. Key competitors are the Ford Escape, the Honda CR-V, the Jeep Liberty, the Nissan Xterra and the Toyota Highlander.