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Default Towing capacity 3500 or 5000 lbs?

Could someone clear up the issue of towing capacity for a Sorento. I'm looking at buying a 2004. I've heard the towing capacity is actually 5000 lbs but is limited to 3500 by the factory hitch.

In other words, if you install a better after-market hitch, you can tow 5000 lbs.

My main towing is short distance, from launch ramp to storage area for my 4000 lbs (with trailer) sailboat.

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what you say is right ..the hitch can limit the tow capacity..my hitch is rated at 5000 lb but the ball is stamped 3500 lb ..as you have low ratio you will have no problem with the steepest ramp .....remember if you go near the water to extend the pipe on the evap canister so you cannot suck in water on the ramp.. wont cost $10...search my posts for this its entitled "Dont go near water until you have done this modification "
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Our 03 EX has a rating of 3500#, but the parts man at the dealer said it is actually 5000#. Later models appear to be rated at 5000# by the factory.

I have a Master ball that is rated over 5000# and have had no issues hauling a heavy jetboat and other loads. The only other mod is a set of slotted and drilled FR rotors and ceramic pads.

I am going to take Pistnbroke's advice on the evap canister, though!

The Sorento is simply the best trailering vehicle I have ever driven.

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As far as I know, all 2003-2006 Sorento's had the 3.5 V6 engine and a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.

All 2007 Sorentos (LX and EX) had the 3.8 V6 and the towing capacity went up to 5,000 lbs.

For the 2008 models, the towing capacity for the LX (3.3 V6) is 3,500 lbs and for the EX (3.8 V6) it is 5,000 lbs.
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As far as I know, all 2003-2006 Sorento's had the 3.5 V6 engine and a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.

All 2007 Sorentos (LX and EX) had the 3.8 V6 and the towing capacity went up to 5,000 lbs.

For the 2008 models, the towing capacity for the LX (3.3 V6) is 3,500 lbs and for the EX (3.8 V6) it is 5,000 lbs.
USA spects for above, above appx 1500 lbs trailer must have brakes according the owners manual

we towed a 2200 lbs trailer and would not consider anything heaver (kia braking problem, under braked and undered powered)
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