Used Kia Sorento 4x4 2003 - 2010 reliability

Category: Large SUV

A satisfying, capable and economical 4x4

Kia Sorento 4x4 (03 - 10)
  • Kia Sorento 4x4 (03 - 10)
  • Kia Sorento 4x4 (03 - 10)
Used Kia Sorento 4x4 2003 - 2010 review
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What should I look for in a used Kia Sorento 4x4?

Reports of problems with the Kia Sorento are few and far between. It's a very robust, reliable 4x4. A few owners complain of rattles from the dashboard when the vehicle is quite new, but such problems tend to be sorted quickly under the manufacturer's three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

The stereo may sound weedy, but that's normal, unfortunately. So, if you can find one, track down a car with an upgraded system.

And, while you're looking around, because the Sorento is so capable off-road, you should also inspect the undersides, suspension and bodywork closely for damage sustained away from Tarmac.

Likewise, check the door mirrors, bumpers and alloy wheels for signs of a hard life in the urban jungle, and look along the sides for dings from neighbours' car doors.

A full service history is essential, too, and ensure any recall work has been done - there was one for the potential seizing of the alternator pulley.

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