2003 Kia Sorento Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Kia Sorento

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2003 Kia Sorento Problems

Head Light Bulbs May Burn Out Prematurely

One or both head light bulbs may burn out prematurely requiring replacement. There have also been reports of other bulbs burning out often as well.

Airbag Warning Light May Illuminate Erroneously

The airbag warning light may illuminate erroneously.  This can be caused by an internal defect in the control module. Replacement of the airbag control module with a revised part may be necessary to correct this concern.

Updated Timing Chain Tensioner to Correct Noise on Startup

If the engine is excessively noisy on startup (after the engine has been off for several hours) and the noise lasts more than four or five seconds, turn off the engine and check for correct engine oil level. If the oil level is correct, the noise may be caused by the timing chain tensioner. Kia released an updated timing chain tensioner to solve this problem.

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2003 Kia Sorento Recalls

Vehicle May Have a Fuel Leak

The fuel line near the fuel tank may leak due to an interference fit with the vehicle floor pan. Dealers will replace a section of the fuel line to correct the issue. The recall began on October 5, 2005. The Kia recall number is SC-052.

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2003 Kia Sorento Reviews

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based on 7 customer reviews
not impressed, harmonic balancer almost flew off, cost 3000.00 to fix it...I found out its a common issue with these Suv's...dash light out and lots of work to change it....selection control knob not working, only blows out of front vents, now no heat blowing to floor and windshield, try to fix it myself but cannot find out to see if its cable let go or motor, no one seems to know how to get to...
Original owner 2003 Sorento EX 4x4 3.5L 4spd auto 75,000 miles. Love this car, plenty of leg room (I am 6'2), engine\tranny OK but electrical system sucks. Had to turn off the security alarm as it kept on draining the car battery, headlights and worst BREAK light bulbs keep on burning out, someone will rear end me one of these days because of that. The horn will stop working on some days for ...
there is a big prolem in the head lights and interior lights on this car i really think kia should recall these cars and fix the problem i have a 2003 sorento i love the car but i too have to change the headlights often and my interior libhts come on for no reason this is defently a production problem i would love to get a 2012 sorento but if this is what happens and kia dont want to take respo...

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