Most reliable car we have ever owned
March 30, 2019
Owned new since 2008 and paid around $17k for it new, my wife and I are very impressed with this vehicle, comparing it solely on a value basis (what we paid versus what we got out of it) this is the best vehicle we have owned from a value perspective.
At the time of purchase my wife wanted a Ford Explorer but it was too expensive. Being budget minded buyers (or cheap) we took a chance on the Sorento. My wife has used it to commute during the week and I use it on weekends. In the winter it tows snowmobiles and in the summers it is usually towing around a light work trailer and gets driven on private dirt roads out and during the mud season we play around with it from time to time. The 4WD system is very good, and it is a heavy vehicle so it feels like a little tank probably due to its body on frame construction which I like.
As of writing this it has 140k miles on it and still performs well and everything works as it should. A few problems (full disclosure) the rear wiper was never any good, and things went wrong with it since owned;
1) ECU module went bad during an inspection, warranty covered this at no cost.
2) recently a transmission line rusted out, pretty minor 100 bux to replace....
So just two problems totaling $100 bucks which is not bad for an eleven year old car that has been used alot.
Currently I am test driving a 4Runner because it is the only other SUV I know of that has this body type construction in this vehicle size, due to this they ride very similar. Yes you Toyota fanatics I did just compare a 2008 Sorento with a 2019 4Runner from a ride perspective. I know some will scoff, but it's true they ride / feel the same. The 4 Runner will be our next vehicle as Kia stopped making the body on frame with the V6.