2005 Kia Sorento User Reviews

2005 Kia Sorento Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 12 reviews

  • Performance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Overall: 4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5

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dsppspc123 writes:
2005 Kia Sorento LX Review
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The looks of the car are really what got me to buy it.  

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Very expensive to work on, nothing lasted on the car.  Dealer plays games with warranty.  Nothing is easy to maintain on the car.

dsppspc123
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Not Worth Getting Into — Before the year was up, I had to have the engine replaced. The dealership set the timing incorrectly when they replaced the engine. It took over 5 years to get the timing set correctly, and it ended up coming out of my own pocket. It cost over $1300 just to have the spark plugs replaced. The dealership shop manager tried lying about my warranty, to the point I had to get third party intervention. The electric system had to be completely replaced in the car. There were more sensor problems than I would care to talk about. The first 5 years there was a check engine light on, almost all the time. The dealership would just clear the code and send me home, and it would just come back on. I would not recommend this car to anyone.

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rodi63 writes:
2005 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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4

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Bought my '05 as a leftover on 1/2/2006. Got an excellent price on it. The '05 EX 4wd was there top model Sorento. Other than purchasing the "luxury package" (which I don't have and don't miss). The leather seats are the package's major plug. I'm a fabric seating type of guy. In a car and at home. Anyway, I paid 21,000 for it. Sticker was almost 27k. You get a lot of vehicle and options for a more than fair price.

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If I had to pick on a few things. The ride is a little bouncy, but for a short wheelbase vehicle, it's not as bad as some vehicles I've rode in. One note: If you want to keep the ride as smooth and quiet as possible. Then use All Weather Radials.....Wind noise gets pronounced once you hit the 60 mph mark. But, not intolerable. Not sure the Kia dealership or the company uses lower quality brakes in general. They seem to wear quicker. You really notice it when you drop from 16K miles to 6K miles a year.

rodi63
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At The Time (and Now) I Feel I Got A Lot Of Vehicle And Above Average Quality For My Money — I've heard praise and nightmare stories concerning this era of Sorentos. But my personal experience has been above average at least. It currently (as of 20-Nov-2014) has almost 107k miles. And it runs like the day I bought it. If I had the money, I'd buy an '07-'09 with creampuff (low) miles as a secondary one. These years had the option of 2 engines. Both of higher horsepower. Regardless of the package ordered. My first repair (other than usual maintenance) since purchase was the A/C unit. Based on mileage, I have no issue with this. I can remember past years and makes of cars I've had that I had to repair it. Long before 100k miles. In some cases, more than once. Also, as a quick note....My Kia has been the 1st car I've owned that "didn't" leak/drip any kind of fluid. Body/paint is still secure, no rust or paint fade. Still solid, no squeaks, etc. with the body or frame. Due to early retirement (@ 45 in 2009). With gas prices I've cut out the proverbial "Sunday drives" out of the budget. I don't run anywhere near the 16K miles

Primary Use: Family transportation

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101chris writes:
2005 Kia Sorento LX Review
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Has gotten me where I need to go but with a cost!

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Has needed way to much work done to it and has expensive parts

101chris
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I Wouldn't Buy Another One. — This vehicle has more of a truck ride to it. We've had lots of problems mechanically. Cheaply made parts with a huge price tag. Not many mechanics will work on them. Parts are hard to find unless you go to dealer and that cost big time $$$$.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Rich writes:
2005 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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great car

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bad in snow without 4WD

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Kia — never had a problem and has over 100.000 miles the quality is great and is great on gas and we r soon getting a new one this car is great to drive but when it is slippery use 4 wheel drive this car also has the best steering i have ever used it also looks beautiful in and out and it has power but also great breaking

Primary Use: Family transportation

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KimiHadley writes:
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The engine and transmission are in excellent working condition.

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The fuel mileage is low which is typical of an SUV.

KimiHadley
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Excellent Used Kia Sorento - Great Buy! — I bought this car brand new and have been the only owner of the vehicle. Since I have owned this car it has always proven to be very reliable and I have found the scheduled maintenance on the vehicle to always be very affordable.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Schulz33 writes:
2005 Kia Sorento EX Review
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Great leather interior with wood trim; Adequate power,; Size makes it so easy to get in and out of any parking lot/space,

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A little noisy at highway speed

Schulz33
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Great Value! — I bought this 2005 Sorento a year ago (2012) for $ 8,900 including TTL and so far, I may as well have bought a brand new vehicle as I have had no repair or maintenance costs. It's our family's second car so I occasionally pile my 3 kids in it but it's mostly for back and forth to work. It's a really nice looking vehicle inside and out for the price and drives very well with the exception of a little road noise at higher speeds. I would highly recommend this to anybody based on what you get for the money. For reference, I previously owned a Toyota 4runner and Tundra which were both great vehicles as well.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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KIASorento writes:
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Best family car ever

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We like it a lot!

KIASorento
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No Issues — One of the best suv's! Don't get me wrong, the car still runs almost like new and still feels solid on the road. Love the body style and interiors. Off road it can take on some of the best 4X4's out there and it is definitely fun to drive. Gas mileage is average but not bad. Personally, I love my SORENTO!

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maddogkia writes:
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Stay tune for more updates.....

Cons

Stay thirsty my friends!!!

maddogkia
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One Of The Best Suv's.... — Like I mentioned before, I purchased my Kia about 4 yrs. ago and don't have any major complaints. The only thing I can say that is a PITA is the engine layout. I usually do my own tune-ups, timing belt, ect on must of the cars I've own but this one is very complicated and it takes a lot of work and money to do it by a licensed mechanic. Don't get me wrong, the car still runs almost like new and still feels solid on the road. Love the body style and interiors. Off road it can take on some of the best 4X4's out there and it is definitely fun to drive. Gas mileage is average but not bad. Personally, I love my SORENTO, is all a matter of maintenance and TLC... besides 2005 has no recalls.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Alexey writes:
2005 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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True 4WD, body-on-frame, low transfer case

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Not a highway flyer

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Excellent Suv In Terms Of Money/value! — Reliable enough, despite of Korean origin. I'm using it 1.5 year and had no any trouble with the car. Slightly slow at accelaration, but ok for everyday city driving. Great for off-road. Exterior & interior is not of the cutting edge, but are solid enough.

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Ted writes:
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Duh, the review says it all.

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ummm, nada

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Drive One, 05 And Newer, You Won't Be Disappointed — 110k miles and no problems. Pulled a tandem axle trailer from OK to TN with 2 motorcycles on it, still got nearly 270 miles to a tank. I can't say enough good about this vehicle. Hauls the family of 5 with ease.

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2003 Kia Sorento Reviews

It Is Nice Car By anbebe3

run great a solf in regular street. this is a safe car and it soft handles. is a fast car,and it's a wonderfull ,I can hull every thing ,and the more that I like is because is shipper.has a lot of pa... Read More

Not The Right Choice For Me By Gilles

Biggest mistake I've done in years. Costed me an awful lot in maintenance already, and troubles are not finished yet. Was thinking I was going for reliability with a Kia SUV, looks like I did not inf... Read More

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2004 Kia Sorento Reviews

Great Daily Driver By Greg

My wife and I were debating between the Kia Sorento, Chevy Equinox and Ford Escape. The Chevy was ruled out, only because it was the first year of the new model. I normally like to wait until the 2n... Read More

Not That Serious By Misty

Well...can't wait to get something else. Likes: affordable Dislikes: it's a KIA, need I say more. It's boring but safe, affordable but already having problems,... practical but ... BORING. I would r... Read More

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2006 Kia Sorento Reviews

Not So Great. By dxxsolomon

I bought this vehicle when it had about 20,000 miles on it and proved to be reliable until at about 50,000 miles. Immediately past 50,000 miles I began to experience multitude of problems with the ve... Read More

Fairy Satisified. By Mike

Terrible on gas, and the car blows front headlight bulbs often. $15 each this is a constant pain. Very poor resale value on Kia Products. Probably won't buy another Kia Product. Should be a recall for... Read More

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2007 Kia Sorento Reviews

Its Very Safe. By kiachamp

The sorento is a very nice vehicle. Its has a 5 star crash rating. Once you test drive this vehichle you will fall in love with it and you will not wanna go test drive anythig else. You cant find a b... Read More

Exellent Car , Especially For A Family. Tons Of Space No Matter Where Your Seating! By hopecardenn3469

This car is in very good condition. Brakes work great! The air condition is so cold. Radio is loud! The car's appearl is eye catching to me, it can shine so bright! It is also very fun to drive. It al... Read More

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2008 Kia Sorento Reviews

Great On Gas By drgrady

great suv, runs great, good fuel economy, new tires, no wrecks, good family vehicle, easy to keep clean, great luggage space, plenty of room , easy to manuver and park,low maintenance, and overall exp... Read More

Reliable, And Very Under Appreciated. By mre7three

This SUV was a great value for what I paid. Overall it's austere vehicle, but very solid, well built and reliable. I'm not someone who pays extra for catchy/cliched marketing and Kia definitely fit th... Read More

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