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Kia Sedona problems



  • I have an '02 EX with about 49000 mi. I periodically experience slight vibration/shudder when braking - but only when the brake rotors are dirty. I've noticed that I don't have the problem after washing the car and hosing inside and outside the wheels. I've never had this experience with any other car I've owned. It hasn't bothered me enough to waste a day at the dealer's to check it out. By the way, my Kumho's look like they've got at least another 10K miles left on them.
  • Our Sedona has had major air conditioning problems as well. Since day one it has made awful noises. Kept taking it in and dealership kept saying it is fine. Finally they say OK, a part is on recall we will replace. Part replaced. Still makes noise. Take in and they say nothing is wrong. AC goes out. Take in and they replace AC and compressor. This was 1 month ago. Our AC just went out again last week. I take it in and they tell me that I can't bring it in for 2 weeks!! But the AC does work on and off. So hopefully they can get it right the next time. The dealership is so hard to deal with and very rude.
  • Our brakes do that too. Actually there are times that the van does not stop and skids a little. I have had it looked at and the brakes are fine. So I am not sure what the problem is.
  • ~A/C. I have had major problems with my AC. It was just replaced a month ago and is now out again.

    ~Tires. Within 2 months of owning the car we have had to replace all 4 tires.

    ~Leather. We had had to replace several panels of leather as it starts to peel off.

    ~Noises. It just make snoise everywhere. It vibrates when braking also.

    ~Radio. All the buttons are peeling off.

    ~Service. The dealership and the service dept is just awful and rude. When the AC was beong replaced they had the car for almost 2 weeks! No rental no apologies.

    I wish I would have never bought a Kia. You definately get what you pay for! Now it is worth way less than what we owe, we are kinda stuck with it! I can not believe how many times I have had to had it in the service. It is a new car!
  • mjl2mjl2 Posts: 3
    i have the leather seats and i noticed the small pin missing and loose on another is this normal? The pin holds the head rest adjustment hardware. They fixed one and ordered another. The headrests make noise while driving over bumps and it drives me nuts. Other than that my 2004 sedona is perfect. I may just remove the last to headrests cause they block view out the back window anyways.
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    That's what we did. We do not take 5+ people in the van too often, so overall the better visibility is worth the inconvenience of having to put the headrests back in when they are needed.
  • The problem with my A/C ended up being a leaking schrader valve on the low side of the system. After trying to tighten the fitting to no avail, the dealer replaced my low side hose which has the valve attached to it. My A/C is working quite well now...just in time for...gulp...WINTER !!! :-(
    I still love this van!!!
  • mjl2mjl2 Posts: 3
    i have no idea why i think this but i am worried about the paint. How is your paint job holding out? Does is still look new after a few years?
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    I'm not extremely picky when it comes to paint, but the paint on our 2002 EX seems to be holding up quite well - except for the places it has been scratched off due to rubbing against another vehicle, a parking curb, etc. But I don't blame that on Kia!

    When our Sedona is washed, it looks good. We almost never wax our vehicles, and still the paint looks pretty good. I'm satisfied.
  • The paint on my '02 still looks far - so good!
  • Well...Looks like I'm not the only one afterall! Although I don't see any postings regarding the Venting System. Of course thats just one of my Piece of junks problems! The most serious by far,but still just one of the many. From the beginning..
    1. Driver side door wouldn't unlock.
    2. Had to take back in to get alignment straight
    3. Windows make horrible noise when going up (dealer said they cleaned dirt out of tracks) yeah ok..but they still make the noise.
    4. Rear seat belts stick and kids can't release them..oh yeah! that's safe!
    5. Air conditioner compressor goes out (on a 9 month old vehicle!)
    6. Almost pass out while driving..eyes burning getting a loopy feeling! Oh could it be because the EXHAUST SYSTEM IS VENTING INTO THE CAB!!
    7. Spring coming up through one of the rear seats. Dealer said they repaired it "Twice" Actually only mistake by not checking when it was in for multiple problems. I didn't realize it wasn't repaired until I went in the next week for more repairs!
    8.Cup Holders broken
    11. EXHAUST AGAIN!! only this time they "couldn't" replicate it since it stopped by the time I got to dealership (Funny, in this state, Nevada, the lemon law applies to the #4)..this was the fourth time I brought it in for this within about 6 weeks!
    Which brings me to 12 & 13:
    My brake light and irritating "bell" go off now whenever I make a right turn! & The rubber track in the windows that supposedly had dirt in the tracks are now bent in and serve no purpose, but to do more damage!
    I live in Las Vegas Nevada. I bought this piece of garbage at Peoples Kia and have spoken to quite a few Kia drivers who have had the same problems I have including the exhaust system. I don't know what I can do but you can be sure I will tell anyone I can never to buy a Kia and never to shop at Peoples Kia or trust their service department! If anyone else has had this exhaust system problem please let me know as this is potentially a life threatening problem! Thank you and sorry this was so long!
  • craigmricraigmri Posts: 243

    What year s your Sedona and how many miles? I'd probably hire a lawyer and attempt a lemon law suit if I experienced what you have or I'd of probably just traded it in on something else.

    Its pretty obvious Kia isnt at the quality level of the likes of Toyota, Honda or Mazda. The Majority of the issues we've had with ours has been with our incompetant dealer more so than Kia but even still there are some minor things(mostly fit and finish) that indicate where Kia cut corners to keep the price low. I knew this going into the purchase so I'm not bothered by them.

    In your case I feel for you. I'm a car guy and get extremely angry when my new car experience gets ruined by either a poor product of a lowsy dealer.

    Have you tried a different dealership for repairs?

    '04 Sedona EX
  • As to your problem #2... The sedona will lock the passenger doors automatically if the doors are unlocked with the remote and none of the passenger doors are opened in 30 seconds. I guess it's a safety feature in case the remote accidentally unlocks the doors. I just wish they would include the hatch. I know it can be rather annoying. Especially if you happen to leave your keys inside the vehicle. I'm surprised your dealer could not replicate it. It's in the owners manual. I would be suspect of any dealer who was not familiar with the vehicle they are selling.
  • mjl2mjl2 Posts: 3
    thats to bad, sounds like a lemon. To be fair you can go to any of these forums and find a lemon no matter what brand you have. So far so good for me.
  • My car is a 2003. I knew I was buying a "budget" vehicle, however I still expected it to be a decent vehicle even though it wasn't luxury! I will be calling an attorney soon. I have to say Kia Motors customer service people were extremly rude & not helpful at all! If anybody knows anything else I need to know I would greatly appreciate the help!
    Thanks! Have a good day!
  • On my 2002 Sedona LX my right turn signals {both front & back} stop working for a long time then they will work for a long time. I have checked the wireing and bulbs but not the flashers cause I can't find them.The right side will not work with the 4 way flasher.Any help on this would be appreciated. Thanks Charles
  • craigmricraigmri Posts: 243
    I wish I had a schematic for the Sedona to see how its wired. I suspect you have a bad connection some were. I doubt its a flasher. If anyone has a wiring diagram they can share please E-mail me at

    '04 Sedona
  • Can't you just take it to a Kia service and let them fix it for you?
  • Yes I can but why pay them $65.00 an hour shop charge when with a little help I might be able to fix it myself.
  • craigmricraigmri Posts: 243
    I think Alamid was assuming you still are under the bumper to bumper warranty. It would be a covered repair.

    '04 Sedona EX
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