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Hi! I am having problems with my 05 Sorento and need advice.
I must start by saying this is the best jeep I have owned and if I could fix this problem I will not be changing. It is a fantastic jeep to tow and very economical to run compared to previous jeeps I have owned.

However my jeep started cutting out whilst being driven and became impossible to start. I became aware of the issue of de-lamination of fuel tanks in the 04-10 models of sorentos and researched how to check if my jeep has this problem. I can prove that my jeep has this problem and have seen the paint peelings which were extracted from my jeeps system by a mechanic. However I was advised that regularly changing the fuel filters will prevent the jeep from stopping. I sent away injectors as mechanic told me these may be damaged from paint, which happened to be the case. I replaced faulty injectors and had intact injectors tested by a professional. My jeep ran perfectly for a few weeks but has now started cutting out again. I know that the paint is causing the problem and I also know that Kia are aware of this problem. It is well documented that Kia UK are replacing all affected fuel tanks FOC as it has been proven that it is a manufacturing fault and they are replacing tanks on ANY age of sorento. I contacted a Kia garage in London and the mechanic told me that they were replacing the fuel tanks in all affected jeeps and were also testing the injectors in case they were damaged. When I contacted Kia Ireland they said that Kia UK and Kia Ireland were in two different countries and therefore did not have the same policies. Surely they cannot ignore this issue and I think this problem is more widespread than people realize. Has anyone else got this problem? Has anyone in Ireland had this problem? What can I do as I know that second hand tanks may have the same fault and I cannot afford a new tank. Any advice is very welcome!

Thank you for your help!

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Is it a Jeep or a Sorento?
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It's a kia sorento
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Then why all the talk about a Jeep?
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Hi! I am having problems with my 05 Sorento and need advice.
I must start by saying this is the best jeep I have owned and if I could fix this problem I will not be changing. It is a fantastic jeep to tow and very economical to run compared to previous jeeps I have owned.

However my jeep started cutting out whilst being driven and became impossible to start. I became aware of the issue of de-lamination of fuel tanks in the 04-10 models of sorentos and researched how to check if my jeep has this problem. I can prove that my jeep has this problem and have seen the paint peelings which were extracted from my jeeps system by a mechanic. However I was advised that regularly changing the fuel filters will prevent the jeep from stopping. I sent away injectors as mechanic told me these may be damaged from paint, which happened to be the case. I replaced faulty injectors and had intact injectors tested by a professional. My jeep ran perfectly for a few weeks but has now started cutting out again. I know that the paint is causing the problem and I also know that Kia are aware of this problem. It is well documented that Kia UK are replacing all affected fuel tanks FOC as it has been proven that it is a manufacturing fault and they are replacing tanks on ANY age of sorento. I contacted a Kia garage in London and the mechanic told me that they were replacing the fuel tanks in all affected jeeps and were also testing the injectors in case they were damaged. When I contacted Kia Ireland they said that Kia UK and Kia Ireland were in two different countries and therefore did not have the same policies. Surely they cannot ignore this issue and I think this problem is more widespread than people realize. Has anyone else got this problem? Has anyone in Ireland had this problem? What can I do as I know that second hand tanks may have the same fault and I cannot afford a new tank. Any advice is very welcome!

Thank you for your help!
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Do you have any links to the recall you mention in the bold part above - please post them here.

With the appropriate recall notices in hand, contact your countries Kia Corporate office and address the issue with them - best to call and follow up in writing.

KIA Sorento recall - don't see the recall you mention in that list.


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Hi thanks for your advice! I cannot find any written confirmation of recall that's what I was hoping to find out more about
Everything I have been told is from forums or on the phone. The kia dealers I have spoken to knew about the problem but said it was up to kia head office to make decisions about it. The mechanics in UK I spoke to just confirmed with me that they had dealt with the problem but I did not request written confirmation so maybe that should be my next step? What about a second hand tank do u think it's risky to jus put one of them in or even just continue changing fuel filters? All advice welcome thank you for your time
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Regarding what I call my vehicle: maybe if I called it a sorento it would stop cutting out on me! I don't think so who cares what I call it do u call ur vacuum cleaner a hoover? Probably! Who cares! I will call it sorento from now on to keep ya happy and I hope it fixes my problem
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You need to buy a new gas tank. If you keep driving this way, your going to destroy your engine. you said you don't have the cash for a new tank, that would also imply you don't have money for a new car/engine either.
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Hi thanks for your advice! I cannot find any written confirmation of recall that's what I was hoping to find out more about
Everything I have been told is from forums or on the phone. The kia dealers I have spoken to knew about the problem but said it was up to kia head office to make decisions about it. The mechanics in UK I spoke to just confirmed with me that they had dealt with the problem but I did not request written confirmation so maybe that should be my next step? What about a second hand tank do u think it's risky to jus put one of them in or even just continue changing fuel filters? All advice welcome thank you for your time
If you've not got references to the recall notice that you're hoping use in a claim against Kia, they're going to treat everything as hearsay, and without that we here on the forum don't know what the actual facts of your claim are.

If you're confident that the failure of the current tank is a factory defect, then a used tank may not be one from the recall notice you mention, and using it will get you back to the position you're in right now with your current tank, ......so unless you can confirm that the one in the wreckers yard is an upgraded recall, there's no point in buying it.

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Hi I have attached a quote from another user of this forum about this issue to show you what kind of things I have read. I couldn't get the whole quote to paste over but if you search the heading below u can see it all.

Diesel Sorento Tank Delamination

Hi Everyone Applicability: All 1st Generation Diesel Sorentos 2002 to 2010 Bad News: this problem can result in many different symptoms ranging from non-starting, to poor starting, erratic running, loss of power or sudden engine stop at speed. Good News: Kia Main Dealers are replacing the fuel tank and flushing the fuel systems FOC. BUT, some dealers are insisting on an Inspection Charge to check your tank. If the problem is confirmed then that charge should become payable by Kia.
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