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.
I bought this car as a third owner in 2011 with 138000 miles. The car was poorly maintained. Thats what I got for the price I bought it for. But I am so glad I bought this car. I had to change the brakes and tires, some bulbs, oil change, and I had to change the spark plugs. The car started running like new. I had no major problems with the car, just maintenance. I had my check engine light on for a couple of months but later on I found out it was because of a faulty throttle position sensor which was easy to change. After that, the check engine light went away till this day. I had a A/C leak but I managed to find the leak and fixed it myself.
I bought the Sorento for my company car and 227,000 miles later am amazed at how it's held up. No it's not a Lexus, but with only minor problems in 5 years I am looking to buy another one. I have owned GM, Ford and Toyota cars and this Korean one has been by far the least trouble and the overall best ride. I have recommended it to many who were skeptical when I purchased it!
I bought my 2003 Kia Sorento EX 4x4 automatic brand new in 2003. I was the original owner and as of this posting has $130K. I've since sold the Sorento in favor of a Toyota 4Runner because the new Sorento is no longer a body-on-frame truck platform, The new Sorento is a unibody car platform. I wanted something more rugged and durable. I've took great care of the Sorento which is the main reason it lasted 130k miles. The engine and transmission, and suspension, steering have been solid as a rock. Even after 130k miles, all the rubber suspension bushings looked like new condition! I've only had a few issues. The transfer case stopped shifting into 4x4 due to lack of use, but still operated in 4x2 mode. One engine sensor needed replacing, along with normal hoses, and the fuel temperature senor and thermostat which I replaced myself. It also needed new shocks, which is normal for the aged. (Get Bilstein shocks, they are the BEST shocks!). Other than that it has been a workhorse, and reliable. The engine has considerable low end torque so it appears fast for 190 HP. It is roomy inside, and plenty of cargo room. With the proper wet traction tires the Sorento feels very safe and controlled in the rain. Without the 4x4 feature and proper snow tires it is terrible in snow and ice. As a used vehicle the first generation Sorento is a great bargain. Just make sure the timing belt and water pump have been replaced. The BIG Achilles heel for the Sorento is the Crank Shaft bolt. There is a recall due to it being weak. If it breaks or timing belt breaks, either can destroy the engine. There is a new, stronger crank shaft bolt replacement. If considering a Kia Sorento , talk to Kia service to determine the cost to replace the timing belt, water pump, crank shaft bolt, and drive belts if they have not already been replaced reciently. Talk to Kia about that crank shaft bolt recall. Other than that I don't see any reason not buy a good condition, used, first generation Kia Sorento.
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.
The Sorento's engine isn't a barn-stormer, but it moves the SUV around without excessive strain. Low-end torque is merely adequate, but midrange and high-rpm power are a bit stronger. This was confirmed by brake-torquing the engine to 2,000 rpm before starting our final acceleration run, a move that shaved 1/10 of a second off the zero-to-60 mph time. The Sorento consistently upshifted at 5,900 rpm (redline was at 6,000 rpm) in a positive, drama-free fashion. Not a lot of excitement here, but nothing worth complaining about, either.
My expectations of the Kia's braking ability were low, partly due to its lack of ABS, partly due to its Hankook tires and partly due to its relatively large SUV nature. Imagine my surprise when our first braking run yielded a 131-foot stopping distance. Excellent pedal feel and easy modulation allowed me to achieve maximum braking force without locking up the wheels. Two more runs resulted in two more 131-foot distances, disolving any concerns over fade and confirming that the Sorento's excellent pedal feel allowed for maximum braking force (though the pedal was starting to feel a bit stiff on the final run). Even the Hankooks appeared to be doing their part by providing solid grip and helping me avoid lock up. Keep in mind that a few years ago these would have been amazing numbers for a premium SUV outfitted with the latest ABS technology.
Like the acceleration testing, the Kia proved fully adequate, if not thrilling in the slalom. Steering feel was better than expected and, combined with Sorento's excellent visibility, made the SUV easy to place (only one cone was struck in 10 slalom runs). More midrange torque would have improved average speed by allowing me to accelerate through the final cones. Instead, the best times came by carrying as much speed as possible at the beginning of each run and scrubbing off what I couldn't use while negotiating the cones. As with the braking test, the Hankooks provided more grip than I would have believed prior to testing, and body roll was well controlled. Karl Brauer