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Kia Sedona problems

kialoverkialover Posts: 1
edited March 20 in Kia
Hi All,

This is my first post. I have a difficult with my Sedona. When I am parked at my house facing uphill it is sometimes difficult to move from Park to Reverse. Does anybody else havbe this problem? What is the answer?

Thank You.
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  • deepandeepan Posts: 342
    This is a common issue on all transmissions. When you park on a hill apply the parking brake before you put the vehicle in park. this way the weight of the vehicle is on the brake rather than the transmission. this will solve the issue
  • I simply have a tough time moving the gear shift from park down to drive smoothly. I can rarely bring it straight down in one movement. Usually it goes past to 1 and then I have to push it back up, and I usually miss drive again and have to push it back down again. My thumb is permanently sore from the pressure of pushing the button in and yanking the gear shift up or down.
  • I had problems hitting the drive first time around too. After a year with the van either I, or it, adjusted and have no problems anymore.
  • MY 2002 KIA SEDONA PRODUCES AN ODD NOISE LIKE A VIDEO GAME STARTING UP. IT COMES FROM THE REAR PASSENGER SIDE OF CAR AND IS PRODUCED AT RANDOM INTERVALS. THERE IS NO EFFECT ON PERFORMANCE THAT I HAVE OBSERVED. UNFORTUNATELY, I WAS NOT ABLE TO REPRODUCE THIS WITH DEALER. ALSO WE HAVE ALREADY HAD THE BLOWER FAN REPLACED BECAUSE OF VERY LOUD VIBRATIONS IN THE A/C SYSTEM.
  • I was led to believe by my salesman and the sales manager that the second row bench seat and the third row split bench seats on my 2002 LX were interchangeable. I wanted to move the 3rd row to the 2nd row position and leave out the bench entirely. This cannot be done. The locking rails are different widths. The sales manager says he will "work something out" with me but the only solution I can see is to exchange the 2nd row bench for two captain chair buckets. I will let you all know what happens.
  • JRush, I've got an LX also. If you look at the chair anchors in the 2nd row, I do not believe they are appropriately spaced to support two captains chairs. Although there are 4 anchors, I believe they are spaced so that you can move the bench to be flush on one side or the other ... I don't think they support buckets. Please let me know.
  • I returned to the Dealership and talked to the sales manager regarding the switching of the 2nd and 3rd row seats. He admitted that both he and my salesman had agreed that these seats were interchangeable which they are not. The sales manager said that he would try to have the second row bench traded in for two captains chairs at no cost to me. Evidently the seat anchors will accept the captain chairs. It would seem that having separate designs for 2nd row bench seat anchors and captains chairs in the LX & EX would not be a cost effective design by KIA. I will let you know how things work out.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,775
    I am shopping for minivan. Just lost faith in Odyssey. Does anyone experience any probelms with this Sedona rather the seating, like transmission, etc?
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    Not too many common problems so far, but Sedona has been available only for a year or so. Naturally, you won't hear as many Sedona problems as you will Odyssey problems or Caravan problems.

    Why did you lose faith in Odyssey? It's an excellent van.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,775
    One dealer told the problem that they have heard was the fan belt shredding. I hope to see there is no major problem before I make my decision. I agree the Odyssey is the great van. But it just gave me a bad imagine on it. I don't want to bring my van for unscheduled services like the folks (including my relative) who had problems with the transmission, power sliding doors, Check Engine & TCS lights, and few more. Not to mention Honda is still playing supply & demand game during the fifth year of production. I mean, people feel they have won the lottery when they have their Odys few hundred dollars off MSRP.
  • bvolksbvolks Posts: 10
    I too was looking at the Odyssey and was willing to accept the fact that I would be looking at MSRP. The story takes place about the middle of September....
    I arrived Saturday morning with my family in toll and let the salesman know that I was interested in the Odyssey but was uncertain about the EX vs LX line. Before making a determination, I requested the trade-in value for my car. I was quoted $12,000 (2001 Passat V6 GLS with luxury package, moonsoon system, CD, all weather mats, 22K mileage). As I still owe on the vehicle, I told the salesman that we would consider trading in the other vehicle (97 Honda CRV--payed for). While we were there, the salesman showed me a black Odyssey EX-L with DVD. He said that someone ordered it but changed their mind and that the customer was probably mentally ill. He indicated at that time, that he would take $500.00 dollars off of the price (all of this occurred while my Passat was being evaluated for a trade-in). Later that same afternoon, my wife returned with our 97 CRV. The salesman passed by her and would not acknowledge her. She waited an hour and a half to get the CRV appraised. The appraisal was $6,200. The salesman/salesmanager would not budge from that appraisal. Furthermore, They said that if she ordered the vehicle that they could not honor any appraisal during that wait time (about 2 months). When she told them she was interested in the black Odyssey on the lot, my wife was first told that they would not take $500.00 off as promised earlier in the day. When my wife begrudgingly agreed to MSRP, she was told that they had sold the black EX-L earlier in the day.
    We then looked at Kia. We were treated decently with no pressure. Our CRV appraised for $8000.00, my Passat: $16,800. When they didn't have what we wanted on the lot, they special ordered one (that was a week ago). It is tentatively scheduled to be in tomorrow. They also came down about $800.00 off of MSRP.
    I too had reservations about the Odyssey based on all of the postings regarding transmissions, and sliding door failures. Conversely, The Sedona experience (posted so far) has largely been favorable with fact mechanical difficulties associated with the vehicle. After my kia experience there really was no other choice.
    For my hard earned dollar, I want value, and safety and a vehicle I am happy with. I feel the Sedona is that vehicle for me. Aside from the Honda experience, I just plain like the Sedona and do not view it as a compromised after first driving it twice. The question essentially becomes, why pay 5 to 6K...in my case, 6 to 10K more for a tarnished name plate?
    I realize that vehicle selection is subjective. I would however suggest you give the Kia Sedona a serious look.
    Good luck with your search.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,775
    volks - I agree with you. I am now looking at the Sedona after months of looking at the Odyssey. Are you driving the Sedona? I looked the picture with the 3rd seats up. Can they fold down or at least removable?
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,568
    We do have a Sedona - Comparision topic already :-)

    Judging by early posts, not too many problems are cropping up. That's good!

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  • See post #6 in this thread for seat interchangability. The second row bench in the LX is removable. The second row captain chairs in the EX are removable. The third row split bench seats in both the LX and EX are removable either one or both. The third row split bench seats tilt forward and strap up at an angle. This position gives more room but not a whole lot. None of the seats fold completely away like the Honda.
  • I hate to be picky here, but I'm always hearing about people mentioning how many hundreds/thousands of posts there are for the "Honda Odyssey Problems" discussion board. I'd hate to see this one filled up with hundreds of comments not really relevant to "Problems", if you get my drift. Maybe we can move this conversation to another thread? Thanks.
  • bvolksbvolks Posts: 10
    Lok888, my Sedona may be in tomorrow. I'll follow thru and post any Sedona problems. To the message board, I'm sorry about posting #12 here. I was compelled to respond to Lok888's experience.
  • I am new to this forum, so be patient ok! I made out a list of vans to look at. This list included the Mazda MPV, the Kia Sedona, both at the top of the list. I looked the the MPV first. My wife is not crazy about the shape of the van. I test drove an LX. it looked like a 2002, but the salesman said it was a 2003. Either way, I just did not like the look of it. i have three kids and the MPZ is a little tight for space. Now, I know that this van has magic seats that disappear into the back deck, it is still tight.

    Next, we drove to the Kia dealership. I was looking at the Lx, but settled on an Ex. to make a long story short, it has sall the things that I was looking for in a van, power, captains seats (4), a sun roof, and a TV with Vcr. The test drive left me wanting this van. But the thing that sealed the deal was the price. Now, even with these features, and with financing, the total price was one thousand less then a base mazda Mpv. So far, its been 3 days since I have had the van. the pickup is pretty good and lively and the ride is very comfortable from start to finish. the seats are comfortable. All I can say is that the buying experience was a very good experience, very diferent from my past experiences. I would say to any one looking for family transportation, to check out the Kia Sedona minivan.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,568
    Congrats, but this is the Problems board. Sounds like you're having no problems :-). Welcome to Town Hall!

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  • mrnimmomrnimmo Posts: 271
    is that they cannot leave the dealer's lot. What did they sell.... 5 or 6 last month?

    This does allow Kia salesmen extra time to log onto townhall and post about there superior products.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,568
    Seems like you made the shill claim once or twice before -- soliciting is a violation of the Member's Agreement, so if you know something amiss, email the hosts.


    Meanwhile, Korean car sales jump (Forbes) and Kia Sales Keep Pace to Meet Yearly Goal (Yahoo News).


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  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    What's the point of your last post?

    Personally, I don't care if a manufacturer sells very few as long as they are good.

    Aside from that, I believe the Sedona's sales numbers have actually been quite good for a first-year vehicle with fairly low target numbers. My personal experience fell in line with this as well.
  • mrnimmomrnimmo Posts: 271
    Why is it that Kia sells is among the slowest selling cars in every class yet has so many posts on these boards? It seems very, very odd to me.

    Of course I don't have access to the proof, but I'm sure you guys have the ability to see how many of the posts are coming from where.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,568
    If you're going to make the claims, best have some back up source material. Maybe Sedona owners just like to post?

    The Odyssey folks sure post way more percentage-wise than Caravan owners, and Caravans outsell Odys what, 3 to 1? See the Why is the Odyssey So Over Represented in these topics discussion for example.

    (I've outed my fair share of shills on Town Hall too ),

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  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    What are you implying with your previous post? Would you please do us all a favor and, whatever it is, come right out and say it. My wife will attest that I'm not good at reading between the lines. I'm quite curious to hear what your last post means. I'm not baiting you - I really don't know what you are getting at.

    Do you think many posts are from Kia employees or Kia dealer employees? Or from Kia owners who are trying to flood the boards with positive comments about their vehicles? I just don't get it.
  • mrnimmomrnimmo Posts: 271
    Please. These boards are full of opinions. Do you challenge all posters to back up there opinions? Hondas, Kias, Dodges and Yugos are great or suck?

    The last time I sniffed something stinky, a diligent editor found several shills and many posters went away. But that is in your court, not mine. I cannot do it. You can.

    Honda vs. Dodge. Point well taken except thatlots of Honda posts are anti-posts--people who drove the car once and rail on it incessantly due to lack of armrests or being too expensive. (Both very good points, IMO.)

    There are lotsa Dodge folks on the board, but they don't tend to hand around. Their pattern is typically the same. Post about how much better there product is for about 6 months, then disappear when the engine or tranny blows. Remember Carleton? I cannot remember any other longterm Dodge poster but him. However, regularly, people get on here and brag about their new Caravan and how the salesman says they've fixed the tranny problems....
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,568
    Well I can smell a shill a mile away but I still miss some. I haven't smelled any in here, but if think I'm missing some, email me.

    Let's get back to the Sedona, shall we?

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  • I do not usually post on this board because I do not have a Kia but I do follow it to see how they are doing. I am posting because I am a Dodge owner and my reasons for not posting much anymore have nothing to do with my engine or tranny blowing. It has to do with the fact that the Honda vs. DC board eventually degenerated to kindergarten name calling which is where the Honda vs. Kia board appears to be headed. The lower mentality die hards eventually take over the board and because they have no new information to offer they just start bashing each other. Hopefully your cheap shot of Dodge owners is not an indication that you will one of the last left on the board.
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    You still haven't explained your post #23. What are you implying?
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,568
    Why don't we give it a rest and just get back to the Sedona instead?

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  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    but I don't like it when people make broad accusations and don't explain what they mean. mrnimmo seemed to be insulting Sedona owners in some way that I didn't understand, and as a Sedona owner I was curious to find out what he meant. Clearly he's not interested in explaining himself, as he has elected not to address the issue even though I've raised it twice.
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