2003 Kia Sorento User Reviews

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    2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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    85

    Not The Right Choice For Me — 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 inform myself enough before buying this car. Can't wait to get rid of it, hopefully in one year or so.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Nicely powered SUV, nice interior

    Cons: Gas guzzler, very costly in maintenance

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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    2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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    125

    Great Comfort But Huge Fuel Consumption — Has been reliable over the 10 years. Some corrosion on the luggage compartment door. Huge fuel guzzler. Main electrical control unit for interior lighting and license plate shorts and requires replacement regularly. Very comfortable ride. Lots of cargo room. Overall great vehicle.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Comfort

    Cons: Fuel Guzzler

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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    2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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    165

    Nice Small Truck — Wonderful truck. Too bad the new ones are less of truck and more car. Needed a 7-seater so I upgraded to the Borrego. The Timing belt needs to be replaced every 100,000 km and should never be missed! The transmission was great, the options were great. Winter driving was a breeze in it. Went down several off-road trails and it performed great!

    Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

    Pros: I loved the look and feel of it overall.

    Cons: The timing belt needs replacing every 100,000 kms or it will stop running and cause damage. It didn't have 7 seats.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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    2003 Kia Sorento LX 4WD Review
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    165

    Solid, No Fuss. — Works great in both mud and snow, underrated for its off road capailities. Body on ladder type frame construction and real 4X4 gearing, it will go anywhere a Jeep will. Spacious and confortable, is also a good daily commuter. Very solid.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Offroad capabilities

    Cons: Gas mileage

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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    2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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    95

    Mine Is Ruby/grey With Grey Leather Interior, And The Aluminum Rims — Has been a wonderful Ride. Reliable, only problems were from manufacture and it is the first run model so over all nothing more than expected. Fluid changes are a Breeze! Maintaining so far has been very simple....however changing out the timing belt for the home garage is a big task and extremely expensive at the professional garage. I also don't like the lack of access to the spark plugs. Oh yeah and the Rims SUCK in salty conditions....the pit very easily!

    Pros: Accelerates very well, Very safe design.

    Cons: Fuel Effency in my model isn't so great.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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    2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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    65

    The Vehicle Seems A Bit Buggy. — Check engine light comes on at random. Poor fuel mileage.Can't easily get a service/repair manual.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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    2003 Kia Sorento LX 4WD Review
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    85

    Smooth, Reliable Small Suv. — This vehicles acceleration is excellent and smooth. My gas mileage isn't great but I tote small kids daily and I love the room available in this suv

    Owner for 2 years, 6 months

    Miles Driven per Year:2,000

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    2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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    Best Suv Ive Driven In A Long Time. As A Matter Of Fact I'm Getting A New 07' Sorento Today, I Love The More Horespower — as a matter of fact i'm getting a new 07' sorento today, i love the more horespoweras well as the same like price from last years

    Owner for 3 years, 8 months

    Miles Driven per Year:18,000

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    2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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    35

    It Is Nice Car — 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 pawer

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: THIS CAR IS GREAT ON THE SNOW,AND SOFtin any where

    Cons: 18 mpg

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2015 Kia Sorento Reviews

    Fun And Family By klassenz

    Overall, this a very versatile vehicle that is safe, enjoyable, and functional. From the outstanding crash test ratings to the quiet smooth ride, there is much to like about this Kia Sorento. Anyone l... Read More

    Horrible By SeaSick

    I own a GMC Terrain that is in the shop for some body work, and the rental car company gave me a 2015 Sorento to drive. It is HORRIBLE. It maneuvers like a bumper car at Kennywood. If I had children, ... Read More

    2014 Kia Sorento Reviews

    2014 Kia Sorrento Lx By stime34

    Overall this is a great family vehicle. Able to move a large amount of cargo for errands and price is very reasonable. The value is head and shoulders above any competitor. Maintenance and reliabil... Read More

    Attractive, Comfortable, Good Fuel Economy. By uspspow

    Very nice economical vehicle, comfortable to drive, easy handling, cargo space will carry a foldable wheel chair easily.Back up camera is really nice. Controls on steering wheel nice and convenient an... Read More

    2013 Kia Sorento Reviews

    This Vehicle Is A Catch Your Eye Kind Of Sorento - Looks Alone Sold Me On It. By pamp50

    I have never had an issue with acceleration or braking. The handling is superb in every way. The sunroof makes it fun to drive on a spring or summer or fall day. I have never had any maintenance i... Read More

    Versatile And Economical. By NFavazzo

    I love my Sorento. It's perfect for a family day with 4 kids under 10. When everyone's not in the Sorento, the seats fold up and there's ample cargo space. The GDI 4 cylinder has a lot of pep and the ... Read More

    2012 Kia Sorento Reviews

    Family Car Fun To Drive By khemetsubs

    Handling, fuel economy, roomy, fun to drive, price, reliable, long warranty, comfortable, nice design, lot of standard options lack sometimes power on hilly roads, suspension may be stiff for some pe... Read More

    Love My Kia! By kendelld

    The Sorento is a great car. Great for trips around town and comfortable for long road trips. Smaller than a full sized SUV, but the cargo space is still huge. And then when you put the seats down, ... Read More

    2011 Kia Sorento Reviews

    Great By Kbyrum

    I like this car because it is a great family car and I have never had anything go wrong with the car. It is very reliable and will take you anywhere you want to go. Rides very smooth and would buy an... Read More

    Awesome Secondary Vehicle. By Dcp_1

    Fun comfortable vehicle. Roomy. Drove 2k mile round trip recently and am pleased with performance and reliability. 330 mile range between fuel stops. Recently changed 4 wheel brakes and rotors. Fairly... Read More

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