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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Kia Sorento Head Lamps
Kia Sorento Problem
Average Mileage: 75,868 mi (500 mi - 168,000 mi)
Visitor, 2005 Kia Sorento, 82,000 mi
My headlight started burning out after I had had the vehicle 1 yr. I have now replaced them 4 times! And brake lights 3 times. Never have I had to do this with any used vehicle I have ever bought..............and with the Kia--I bought it new! Not a cheap fix either. The lights suddenly blow and you are driving in the dark. The brights can be switched on, but that is also dangerous. PLus law enforcement has stopped me on more than one occasion to give me a warning that my light is out. First one blows and then quickly the other goes. There has to be a problem with this that can be fixed!
Visitor, 2006 Kia Sorento, 92,150 mi
Dome light does not work when opening the doors. Works fine using the overhead switch
I have a 2005 Kia Sorento. I have had a problem with my headlights since I have had my car which I bought new in 2005. I have taken it to the dealer in Valdosta GA several times to find out about it and they always say it's not a recall so they can't do anything about it. I have to replace headlights and taillights every 3 or 4 months. It is very expensive. My dome light hasn't worked in years and my check engine light stays on all the time. I know there is some kind of defect in the electrical system and it's been this way from the beginning. The 10 year/100,000.00 mile warrenty is about useless with this car. There has not been one thing since I have had the car that was covered under warrenty. I will never buy a Kia again and I certainly want ever use Kia in Valdosta GA again, they have the worst service I have ever seen. There favorite thing to say is "It's not covered under our warrenty!" That is supposedly there big selling point and it is worthless!
Everyone who is having the same trouble needs to complain so we can get this recalled and fixed. I wish I knew where to complian to that could make that happen. They don't really care in Valdosta whether you complain or not, there not going to do anything about it anyway.
Sick of buying headlights!
Visitor, 2006 Kia Sorento, 85,000 mi
I have to replace my headlights and brake lights almost every month!! When each headlight cost you $14.00 each, it gets way too expensive!!
Visitor, 2006 Kia Sorento, 60,000 mi
have replaced headlights almost every 4 months.
Have had 3 low beam headlights blow over the past couple of months. Today the dealership told me that it was caused by a short in the headlamp assembly to the tune of a $400 part and about $250 labor. Not covered by the maximum wrap coverage extended warranty. Arghh! Have no choice but to have it fixed, but never will I buy another KIA.
FOLLOWUP: This is my note to the KIA: "This is in reference to case # K241D635. Thank you for returning my call after I sent the previous message. I have read many blog entries concerning the same type of problem that I have been experiencing with my Sorento. I do not appreciate being talked down to by the representative that I talked to when I returned the call. I am not, as I am sure most of the other people in the blogs are not, just a disgruntled customer. I was having a repeated real problem with my vehicle that is probably a defect that possibly should result in a recall. I bought a KIA in good faith that it would be a dependable vehicle and that you would stand behind the product. I even purchased an extended warranty that did not cover my problem. I usually use the dealer for any work that needs to be done on the vehicle, but when your headlight goes out and you get stopped by the sheriff at 5:30 am, and you work for 12 hours that day, the dealer is closed and you must stop by a parts store and purchase a new bulb. It wasn't that it wasn't a "KIA" bulb or that I didn't have it installed at the dealer that was the root of the problem -- that is pure BS. I ended up spending $650+ for the dealer to replace the headlight assembly to fix the problem - they stated it was a short in the headlight assembly. I told the representative that this disgruntled customer fixed the problem by selling the son of a bitch. I can assure you that I will never purchase another KIA. I just feel sorry for all the rest of the customers in the same predicament."
UPDATE 12/30/13 I am notified by email when others report the same problem. It amazes me that KIA will not do a recall on this issue. It is a common problem that could very well be safety related when you find yourself in a dark location without headlights. What can be done to force a recall?
UPDATE 03/30/14 Still amazed that there has not been a recall. Am following this problem and receive 1-2 notices per week that others are still experiencing problems. I will never buy another KIA.
UPDATE 4/1/14 FILE COMPLAINTS CONCERNING VEHICLES IN USA @: http://www.safercar.gov/
Visitor, 2005 Kia Sorento
We bought it new and have replaced MANY headlight and stoplight bulbs, now the stoplights wont work at all even after replacing the switch, lighting has been a nightmare in this car
Visitor, 2006 Kia Sorento, 77,000 mi
I have to replace my headlamps usually every 2-3 months. They keep burning out
Visitor, 2005 Kia Sorento, 144,000 mi
Have to change headlight every time the temperature fluctuates, both sides within a week of each other. Bought the car brand new and have had this problem since the beginning.
Visitor, 2006 Kia Sorento, 20,000 mi
The headlights would only last 3-4 months. I replaced them about four times and then took it to the dealer as my Sorento was still under warranty. They replaced the wiring harness to the headlights, I believe with one with more resistnce to reduce the voltage to the bulbs. No more problems.