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pleasantly surprised.
By lhasadaddy on 08/23/13 12:27 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Kia Sorento LX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Review

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.
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Big mistake
By dswanson1 on 04/10/13 19:03 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Kia Sorento EX Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Review

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.
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20 of 20 people found this review helpful
My 2003 Kia Sorento Best Car I ever have had.
By sorento2012 on 03/03/11 05:54 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Review

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.
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5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Hard on the wallet
By Tesha on 10/03/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Kia Sorento EX Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Gorgeous on the outside. Useless on the inside. Of the hood, that is. Ran great until I hit 100,000 miles. Since, my power steering, fly wheel, transmission and ac have went out, not to mention a few other minor problems. I will never recommend this vehicle to anyone. I have taken great care of this vehicle, keeping everything up to date and new but it has not returned the favor. It would be nice if the vehicle was as cheap as its quality.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Great Little Truck
By SMB on 09/13/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Kia Sorento LX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Review

I bought this truck because of Nebraska Winters, its 4WD is what i needed to get through. I've NEVER had an issue with this truck. Only thing i've done is replace the battery and a blinker bulb! With reg oil changes i've had zero engine trouble. I bought it with 47,000 miles on it and am now at over 124,000 miles. It still runs like the day i bought it! I would recommend a Kia Sorento to anyone who is looking for a great 4WD. On highway travel i can get close to 27 MPG.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Piece of Junk
By changt82 on 08/08/10 09:14 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Second owner of this Kia sorento. Bought this car @ 53k only $9800.00 in 07' over a highlander and rav4 due to looks and price. I guess I got what I paid for. Within 2 months of purchase, you would have to say hell came with this car. First Climate control malfunctioned, then Windows power control, then one window power motor, then wiper motor assembly broke off, then rotors warping, then headlamp and brake lamp every other month, then Radiator fan gone out, the Ac compressor gone out, then now the car just wouldn't start anymore. Don"t ever buy a Kia, they are cheap and expensive the repair and maintenance.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
BEst Vehicle Made
By Alex on 02/22/10 21:52 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Vehicle is amazing in snow, I took this car up north where it proved to me the reliability of Korean 4x4 Engineering. Heavy Duty frame makes this car extremely stable being able to withstand any load of force. Driving is extremely smooth, feeling of complete control on the road.
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Most car for the Money
By Dick H on 02/02/10 05:41 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Kia Sorento EX Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Review

I installed a higher cranking amp battery and haven't replaced any lights since. At 99400 miles the rear U-joint caused vibration at higher speeds then at low speed. It was replaced fully under warranty. In fact, KIA replaced the total driveshaft and support bushing with all related parts free. These reports stating bad warranty are incorrect. KIA is very good! Another car with the same equipment would cost over $30,000.00 compared to $20,000.00 for a new 09 Sorento. Great car fun to drive sure feeling great pickup. Not easy on gas though. Only draw back.
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Warranty is just a Word
By UnhappyOwner on 12/21/09 13:12 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Kia Sorento LX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Beware of the warranty, Kia really does not cover much at all. 10-Year 100,000 mile warranty really means that anytime you have a problem the dealer will attempt to explain why it is not covered. The warranty is garbage. Do not let the warranty enter into your decision to purchase this vehicle because the warranty is a big joke.
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Poor Quality Parts
By Scott on 10/26/09 13:11 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Review

I have owned my Sorento for over five years now and for the most part I have been happy with it. However, It does have some re-occurring issues. For the first two years I had to replace the rotors every 6 months. All along the dealership telling me that it was my driving habits. I finally quit buying kia parts and replaced the rotors with after market part off the internet. I have not had an issue since. I have also had numerous electrical issues that the dealership can never fix because it doesn't occur when we take it in. Unfortunately if the cars computer doesn't tell them what is wrong, they are done looking. It is too bad because the vehical isn't that bad, it just needs better parts.
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