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Message posted by wilfred.powell on 01/2/2014 at 4:49pm
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We are about to purchase a Kia Sorento 2003 2.5 can you please advise if you know of any problems with this model type and is it good for towing. There is a small problem a small leek at the heater is tha hard to fix.

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Similar thread on same subject, by same OP, here

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Owned one for six years towing a twin axle, no problems at all.
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You could always make some soup with the leek!, but seriously, we have one we are very pleased with and don't know what we will change it for now we are on 40.000. The monocoque body shell doesn't seem to be as strong as the original is.

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The heater problem is probably a corroded matrix. Not a hard job to do if you are handy but you will need to remove the whole dash board and allow a day or 2 to complete the job. If you cannot do it then allow £500-£1000 for a garage to do it.
There is also a problem with rear axle corrosion which will need a trip back to the dealers for a free check up and rectification under warranty. If in doubt about this a quick call to Kia customer services will tell you if it has been done.
Info on both subjects can be found on the UK Sorento website.
http://kiasorento.proboards.com/thread/10690/rear-axle-suspension-recall
http://kiasorento.proboards.com/thread/10161/2005-sorento-heater-core-replacement

Apart from that, look for the highest spec you can afford, and if the budget allows an engine remap to increase the BHP from 138 to 170 is a worth while investment, although it should tow up to 2800Kg with out any problems. My van weighs 1500kg and I only noticed it's there on a hill, and even less after the remap.

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Quote: Originally posted by BadBoyBushy on 01/2/2014
The heater problem is probably a corroded matrix. Not a hard job to do if you are handy but you will need to remove the whole dash board and allow a day or 2 to complete the job. If you cannot do it then allow £500-£1000 for a garage to do it.
There is also a problem with rear axle corrosion which will need a trip back to the dealers for a free check up and rectification under warranty. If in doubt about this a quick call to Kia customer services will tell you if it has been done.
Info on both subjects can be found on the UK Sorento website.
http://kiasorento.proboards.com/thread/10690/rear-axle-suspension-recall
http://kiasorento.proboards.com/thread/10161/2005-sorento-heater-core-replacement

Apart from that, look for the highest spec you can afford, and if the budget allows an engine remap to increase the BHP from 138 to 170 is a worth while investment, although it should tow up to 2800Kg with out any problems. My van weighs 1500kg and I only noticed it's there on a hill, and even less after the remap.
Hi Bad boy, but what's this I hear about remapping invalidating the insurance or is that just in the event of a claim, when I suppose you could take it off when the assessor calls round!

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If you are only towing a trailer tent and you want a higher driver position you will probably find a Kia Carens 3 years newer, for the same price with lees miles on the clock.

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Quote: Originally posted by lambchop999 on 02/2/2014
Quote: Originally posted by BadBoyBushy on 01/2/2014
The heater problem is probably a corroded matrix. Not a hard job to do if you are handy but you will need to remove the whole dash board and allow a day or 2 to complete the job. If you cannot do it then allow £500-£1000 for a garage to do it.
There is also a problem with rear axle corrosion which will need a trip back to the dealers for a free check up and rectification under warranty. If in doubt about this a quick call to Kia customer services will tell you if it has been done.
Info on both subjects can be found on the UK Sorento website.
http://kiasorento.proboards.com/thread/10690/rear-axle-suspension-recall
http://kiasorento.proboards.com/thread/10161/2005-sorento-heater-core-replacement

Apart from that, look for the highest spec you can afford, and if the budget allows an engine remap to increase the BHP from 138 to 170 is a worth while investment, although it should tow up to 2800Kg with out any problems. My van weighs 1500kg and I only noticed it's there on a hill, and even less after the remap.
Hi Bad boy, but what's this I hear about remapping invalidating the insurance or is that just in the event of a claim, when I suppose you could take it off when the assessor calls round!

That is of course assuming that you survive in a condition to take it off. What happens if you are involved in a personal injury accident and the insurance company walks away because you failed to declare a serious performance enhancing  modification.

You could end  being sued for thousands.


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Quote: Originally posted by lambchop999 on 02/2/2014[/QUOTE]Hi Bad boy, but what's this I hear about remapping invalidating the insurance or is that just in the event of a claim, when I suppose you could take it off when the assessor calls round!
Quote: Originally posted by Steve W 77 on 02/2/2014[/QUOTE]

That is of course assuming that you survive in a condition to take it off. What happens if you are involved in a†personal injury accident and the insurance company walks away because you failed to declare a serious performance enhancing †modification.

You could end† being sued for thousands.






Sorry to the OP.
I obviously should have pointed out that if you remap your engine, that when your insurer asks 'has it been modified in any way' you must tell them that it has been remapped. Oh and the Sorento does not come with a tow bar as standard either so remember to let your insurers know it has one fitted too.

For the benefit of Steve W 77 and lambchop999, who are obviously from the anti remap brigade, I have been driving modified vehicles now for many years. Some of which required specialist insurance, others just need to notify the insurer who may have added a small premium. My insurance this year for my 2006 Sorento after the remap was added and declared from the start of the policy with documentation supplied to the insurers, added just £7 to my premium. As my MPG increased from 27 to 31 around town, this £7 extra pays for it's self within 7 gallons of fuel.
Maybe you should actually look into ALL the benefits and costs of remaps for your own vehicles before jumping onto the back of a post that does not require biased opinions and actually contribute to the OP's original question with facts or suggestions that they can use to their advantages.

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I had a 2009 xs sorento from new, had it almost 5 years and had only niggles - almost perfect! Problems I suffered were rear wiper froze to the car (I didn't know it was frozen solid) and when I switched it on to wipe the rear screen the fuse blew. No problem except it was properly cold and the same fuse powers the climate control so I spent a trip on the Eurotunnel hunting down the offending fuse and replacing it as I didn't relish the thought of a weeks holiday without a heater! Sometimes cruise control refused to set, apparently something to do with a switch on the brake pedal, and when it felt naughty the climate control refused to work leaving no heating or ventilation (cue the steamed up windows - not great). Make sure all the tyres are of the same brand and tread depth on the xs and above (the ones with auto 4wd selection) as the centre transfer box is very sensitive to mis-matched tyres and can cause a 'surging' feeling from the transmission which leads to (at best) burnt out transfer box clutches (expensive to repair) or (at worst) a failed transfer box (really expensive to repair). However it is a tough old bus and despite the littles hiccups I suffered I replaced it with a 2013 sorento kx2 sat nav auto. The old car was much more 'truck-like' and felt like a tough 4x4. The new one feels much more car like and retains enough of the 4x4 robustness for my caravan towing needs. New one cheaper to run and better as a car, old one tougher feeling and better when towing but much less refined for the rest of the time. Buy either and enjoy a relatively cheap 4wd towcar! 

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Quote: Originally posted by BadBoyBushy on 02/2/2014
Quote: Originally posted by lambchop999 on 02/2/2014[/QUOTE]Hi Bad boy, but what's this I hear about remapping invalidating the insurance or is that just in the event of a claim, when I suppose you could take it off when the assessor calls round!
Quote: Originally posted by Steve W 77 on 02/2/2014[/QUOTE]

That is of course assuming that you survive in a condition to take it off. What happens if you are involved in a personal injury accident and the insurance company walks away because you failed to declare a serious performance enhancing  modification.

You could end  being sued for thousands.






Sorry to the OP.
I obviously should have pointed out that if you remap your engine, that when your insurer asks 'has it been modified in any way' you must tell them that it has been remapped. Oh and the Sorento does not come with a tow bar as standard either so remember to let your insurers know it has one fitted too.

For the benefit of Steve W 77 and lambchop999, who are obviously from the anti remap brigade, I have been driving modified vehicles now for many years. Some of which required specialist insurance, others just need to notify the insurer who may have added a small premium. My insurance this year for my 2006 Sorento after the remap was added and declared from the start of the policy with documentation supplied to the insurers, added just £7 to my premium. As my MPG increased from 27 to 31 around town, this £7 extra pays for it's self within 7 gallons of fuel.
Maybe you should actually look into ALL the benefits and costs of remaps for your own vehicles before jumping onto the back of a post that does not require biased opinions and actually contribute to the OP's original question with facts or suggestions that they can use to their advantages.

 

You could not be further from the truth, infact I had a hand in developing a tunning module for the KX Sorento that was marketed by Griffin tunning. I was just pointing out that you should not try to short change your insurance company but failing to declare the modification.


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I had one of the first Sorento's for 8 years. I decided to get rid off it in 2011 as repairs were starting to get costly. They included both rear brake calipers needing replaced - cost £200 each plus labour. however the biggest cost was the inside of the fuel tank delaminating - engine kept cutting out - took a diesel expert to trace the fault. That cost £850 to put right plus all the inconveniance !.

Apart from these niggles it was a good towcar !



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Message posted by wilfred.powell on 11/2/2014 at 2:56pm
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Many thanks to all for the advice, also sorry about the duplicate entry, as the phone rang and I had to dash downstaris to get that, could not remember if I had posted it or not. So hence the second entry. Re the Kia after much haggling and a number of quotes to fix the leak, it turned out to be far to costly for me, maybe thats why it came so cheap, quotes were from £850 to well in excess of £1000. So for now stick to the vectra that I hate.

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Mawkwind . I read somewhere that the delamination in the fuel tank was done by Kia as a recall.

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Keep looking.
There are plenty of good Sorento's out there and they are excellent value for money as far as tow cars go

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Having looked at the newer Sorento's I would say the Santa Fe is better value for money. It also has slightly more torque I think.

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