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2003 Kia Sorento

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 13/Hwy 17/Comb 15 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: V6, 3.5 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Korea Country of Assembly: Korea

2003 Kia Sorento Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 643 Ratings for the 2003 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.3/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

A great long term value

By on Thursday, December 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 132,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "solid construction, great value, well powered V6"

Cons: "Few. Almost certain rear end repair at 100K+ miles"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have owned my 2007 model Sorento for 3.5 years now, and have driven it from 75000 miles to 132000. My wife and I constantly talk about how pleased we are with it. It drives now just as smoothly and solidly as it did when we got it. it is comfortable and durable, has a great turning radius, and super pick up. It is solidly constructed. Reliability is the #1 quality I look for in a car, and the Sorento has been so for me with one exception. I find it to be very low maintenance overall, especially given its mileage range, and this pleases me to no end. One of the reasons it has cost little is because I own the 2007 model, the only one which has a timing chain instead of timing belt. This means it never has to be replaced, unlike the others years'. The one exception I can mention as far as maintenance is the rear differential. All of the Sorentos in this range have a standard problem caused by leftover welding solder inside the rear differential. In time (100K-120K miles) these rough edges break off and get into the bearings in the rear differential and start making noise. This does need to be fixed as eventually the bearings will wear out because of it. if you take it to the dealer they will want to charge you $1800 and replace the 'chuck,' the whole axle and differential all in one set. This is the surest and speediest repair (and easiest for the dealer, which is why they do it). you can bargain the dealer down to $1200 if you try, but in the end I refused this and had a local mechanic take the differential apart and fix it for $600. While this may sound scary, I still recommend the car wholeheartedly. It is a standard repair the dealers know about, and is the only issue I have had. To drive a paid off car for for 3.5 years, put 60K miles on it, and only have spent less than $1000 in maintenance and repairs...yes, I will take that. I fully expect this car to last me past 200K miles."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

love, love, love my Sorento

By on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Awesome SUV especially for the price"

Cons: "rust inside the doors and sunroof years ago."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my Sorento new in 2004. It has 150,000 miles now and I have had some things go wrong over the past couple of years, but other than that I have never put any money into the SUV except oil changes, tires and brakes. I would recommend this SUV to anyone. I love KIA and am the owner of two KIAs. The only problem I would say with KIA the Sorento rusted in all four doors and inside sunroof years ago and KIA would not stand behind the rust, even tho it is garage kept."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Great vehicle

By on Friday, November 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "dependable, agile, quick. great vehicle"

Cons: "Electrical?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Last of the RWD Sorentos which is why I purchased. Short turning radius, lots of go. Should have been a column shift, center console a waste of room. Body Control Module and break switch failed at 145000, just after factory recall break switch was replaced. (Hmmm) Cost of repairs about $1200. Without question this was a great vehicle. Replaced brake pads once, rear torsion bar bushings at 100000. Pleasant to drive and a real workhorse for trailer. Would still be driving if electrical issues were backed by KIA"

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Very reliable car, easy to drive and comfortable.

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Easy to drive and comfortable"

Cons: "Not good gas mieage."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Have enjoyed owning this SUV for the past 10 years. Only selling it because we are moving out of state and only want to take one car with us. Will probably buy newer version of same model once we get settled. Only complaint has been gas mileage. Only about 15 mpg in mostly city driving around L.A."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Very reliable

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 109,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable, safe"

Cons: "Need more room for growing family"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this vehicle for 11 years. Hardly any issues at all with this vehicle. Comfortable for a family of 4 and lots of cargo room. I am looking to get another one with all the upgraded features now offered. The warranty and safety awards were what really made my decision for this vehicle. Great vehicle for long trips or just around block. I would definitely buy this again!"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Incredibly reliable

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, comfortable and trouble free"

Cons: "SUVs at full size are not best fuel efficiency (to"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this Sorento new in 2007, mileage now at 91k, car has required routine & preventive maintenance and, other than one minor, no repairs. Excl. control in bad weather/steep slope driving, mileage acceptable, great cargo space and excellent field of vision. Car has been a reliable workhorse and family car, comfortable & quiet ride. Fuel efficiency good for SUV."

14 people out of 27 found this review helpful

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