2003 Kia Sorento Reviews and Owner Comments

2003 Kia Sorento owners review and rate their 2003 Kia Sorento.

2003 Kia Sorento (7 Reviews)
Body, Interior & Misc.
Drive Train
Electrical & Lights
Exhaust & Emissions
Heating & Air Conditioning
Suspension & Steering
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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 it under side or passenger or do I got to take off facing console....headlights have been changed 8 times in 1 year...looking for another but not one of these.
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 no reason.
Will not buy a newer 2013 Kia any model based on a harsh ride and worst - electrical issues.
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 responablity then it wont be the car i drive when this one dies. im haveing major electrical problems now and i do believe they should fix it the engine is good i had to replace crankshaft sencor and it to is electrical RECALL
I have a 2003 Kia Sorento EX w/ upgrades. I love the car but over the years and now with 125,000 miles there are lots of minor issues with trim, seating, carpet. The interior lights go on/off to where I lose the dashlights unless I jiggle the roller wheel on the driver's side. Kia dealership quoted me several hundred dollars to LOOK at this to tell me what was wrong and overall could be $500 or could be $1500+ of electrical repairs to fix the dashlights/interior lights. I replace headlights in my Kia about every six months.

Engine is good and have had very little trouble with it.

Noticed that AC this year is not working that well and does not get very cool. Have had to replace the water reservoir 3 times due to cracking.

Suspension is good although I've had repairs done to the the suspension...very costly!
having problems with motor check engin light keeps coming on 60000 miles had to change front drive shaft not cheap motor keeps having a cold miss in it kia machnics cant even find
2003 Kia Sorento steering problems and no dash lights other then that car runs godd headlights has benn changed at least 20 times or more.
Great car. Bought it for the Mrs. She loves it. Never breaks down. Minor issues, but not enough to change my ratings.