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Kia Sedona

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  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    Is this forum the most active one for the 2nd generation (2006+) Sedonas? I haven't visited in a while and am surprised at the lack of activity.

    Our 2006 Sedona EX's OEM tires, Michelin LX4, are shot. They lasted 33k miles and are getting reasonably close to the wear bar indicators. It's time for new tires. The 235-60-17 size is a fairly pricey tire. The OEM Michelins are $147 at tirerack - yikes! Never considered those since the treadwear was pretty poor and they carry no mileage warranty.

    Bought a set of 4 Kumho 798 tires. H speed rated, 400 treadwear and A traction and A temp ratings. Decent specs. Found some reviews on tirerack, though it's tough to know how much stock to put into reviews of tires that are a totally different size. E.g. some 2002-2005 Sedonas had this tire model as original equipment, but that's a 205-70-15 tire so I don't know how similar the user experience will be.

    @ $66 each + shipping from tirerack, these tires were half the price of most other tires of the same size. Treadwear does not seem to be their strong suit, but if I get 30k from them, I will be a fairly happy camper.
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    In my experience, service quality is more related to the particular dealership providing the service than of the vehicle brand.
  • smillersmiller Posts: 32
    Amen to that brother! I can deal with (too many) minor problems with my 2006 Sedona because my Kia dealer's service dept. is up to date and well trained.
    We like our Sedona and we are lucky to get good service from the dealer.
  • byyallbyyall Posts: 24
    I can now join the few of you who report good service from a Kia dealer! I had to drive over 200 miles round trip, BUT almost every quirk in the 2006 Kia Sedona was addressed. The only problem that remains is the wind noise from the right passenger sliding door. I honestly believe this is something that goes back to when the parts for the 2006 model were in the tool and die mode. Maybe it wasn't exact on the door.

    The dealer at Kia of Florence, SC has gone way beyond the extra mile. They had Kia of America call me to see if there was anything they could do. It has taken us 2 1/2 years, but finally it is working right! Hallajeula!!
    I hope I am not speaking too soon about it working good!
    Galeana Kia in Columbia, SC is awful. Don't ever think you will take a car there and get service...you'll be sadly disappointed.
  • Okay, We've got the water in the cargo area problem too same year. How do you fix it?
  • Fixed ours with a tube of clear silicone sealant-- went along the edges of the roof rack and the rubber grommet fittings where wiring goes into rear hatch.
    All dry again.
  • byyallbyyall Posts: 24
    We are at the bottom of the barrel, folks! I guess when we were surveyed we told the truth about the problems we are having with the vans. If the service departments were what they are supposed to be, these problems would be fixed. They are advising AGAINST our vans and they are listed in the "CARS NOT TO BUY" area. I know this will KILL our trade-in or sales value.

    I get great gas mileage on the road and in town with mine. Inside is wonderful and comfortable. Extras are good. Power ASSISTED steering is awful. Heating and AC system not good. Many other complaints, BUT I will keep it. I actually look at the paper each day to see what used ones sell for; however, there are not any for sale listed! Maybe someone just kills them to get them out of their misery!
    If you don't subscribe to Consumer Reports, go buy the 2010 book for everything they have tested and done surveys on. It is truly surprising, not only on Autos, but appliances, etc.
  • jirkajirka Posts: 15
    Hi,

    I have 2007 Kia Sedona LX without any foglights. I moved to Europe and took it with me and now I need to add rear fog light (this is required in E.U.). Is the car pre-wired for it? Is it something a dealer has to do or can I do it myself?

    Thanks
    Jirka
  • byyallbyyall Posts: 24
    I don't know how telephones work in EU, but there is a 1-800 number for KIA in our manuals that come with the Kia's. If you call them they would be sure to know and possibly be able to tell you what to do. If they say it is not wired for the fog lights, there is probably something that can be done locally by a mechanic to add one.
    I hope KIA says they are prewired. That would be so much easier for you.
  • spike99spike99 Posts: 239
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    To add "optional" rear fog lights, I would visit the automotive store in your Europe region and buy universal flog lights. Light assemblies (and lens color) that is certified for your specific region. I would then mount these assemblies (for example, upside down - under the rear bumper) and have their light assemblies self grounding. Then, I'd run a thick 12V "+" 12 guage wire to the inner cabin - lower dash area. Can run this 12V wire under the vehicle and into the firewall or within the vehicle - under its internal rugs (which ever is best). I would then connect this thick wire to a manual off/on switch. And this manual off-on switch is connected to the accessory pins in the fuse box.

    When you need rear or font fog lights (assuming another set of fog lights mounted on the front of vehicle), simply flip this switch to its ON position. And if the ignition key is OFF, these extra lights are turned off as well. Thus, eliminating the risk of draining its battery.

    If fog lights need to come on automatically, then local Europe auto shop will advise what "auto sensor" to install instead - instead of a manual off/on switch.

    Hope this helps...

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  • jirkajirka Posts: 15
    Thanks for your replies.

    The local Kia representative told me they have no idea whether U.S. kia have fog light prewired or not. I had a Kia service to check it and they said the wires are not there. They recommended several shops that can have it installed. It won't be pretty but I don't care. I have never heard about an fog auto-sensor, I will ask.

    BTW the rear fog light are obligatory in most (all?) E.U. countries, only the front fog lights are optional.
  • spike99spike99 Posts: 239
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    If wondering, I know what your mean about the need for "extra" rear lights. Personally, I feel North Amercian vehicles lack enough REAR facing lights as well. On my wife's van, I installed extra set of rear lights. Not fog lights (like you want) but more brake / signal and running lights in the rear.

    For pictures, surf:
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    If wondering, outer edge lights are brake/signal lights and inner lights are clearance lights. Clearance lights come on when its auto-headlights come on as well. These extra lights give much more "too be seen" safety then factory build. We'll worth the effort and cost of installation on my wife's vehicle.

    If thinking of the same approach for your vehicle, simply buy the auto-fog light assemblies that are certified within Europe. Sorry, I don't know their legal lens color (for rear facing lights). If they are "low wattage" (re: like H3 - 35 Watts per bulb), simply connect to a T-Harness. Then, connect this T-Harness to factory lights wiring (in the rear area of vehicle). Same T-Connector one would purchase for a Trailering T-Connector. When it gets too dark outside (or too much fog), the vehicle's auto-headlight sensor switches turn ON and since your rear fog lights are connected to rear clearance lights, its fog lights would be turned on as well. If needed, one might want to install a manual off/on switch (in the cabin area) - to turn OFF the rear fog lights (for normal dark nights driving). Not too sure of the legal details of when extra rear fog logs must be on/off (for Europe regions).

    If the install is done properly (with cosmetics and using plastic wire loom in mind), its 12V wiring and extra rear light assemblies can look very nice. To me, they look great on my wife's vehicle. And its safety increase is amazing as well. When following my wife's vehicle at night, it now has much better "to be seen" safety increase. To me, extra rear lights is better then then a 3rd brake light. Perhaps one day, all new vehicle builds will have more rear facing lights. Only time will tell...

    Hope this helps as well...

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  • dodedode Posts: 13
    I just had a bunch of work done on my 2002 sedona and was happy with it. Just turned 100,000 miles and it was time. Had the timing belt changed, new water pump, and new spark plugs put in. The thing I notice now, is when I make a turn, the wheel does'nt come back to straight like it usually did when completeing the turn. It is in the 20-30 degree range here in wisconsin right now, maybe that is part of the problem, because it does get better when the car is warmed up thoroughly.

    Could this be something with the power steering pump. I checked the fluid levels and they are all good. Any suggestions??Thanks....Andy
  • flyboy19flyboy19 Posts: 1
    edited February 2010
    Well guys, i am new. But here goes. i have a 2005 kia sedona. It has 42,000 miles on it. I bought it a little over a year ago, with 34,000 miles. I use it for road trips only. I am totally at a lost on when to have the Tuneup and Timing belt changed. Kia of course says Now..but checking with 2 other auto repair shots that i have dealt with for years and trust say that i can go to 60,000 miles even though the car now has reached 5yrs(2-19-10). I am told that the plugs will last around 90,000 miles or more, but the belt should be chaned at 60,000 regardless of the 5yrs. Oh course all maintenance is up to date. What do you all think? The confusion is killing me. Thanks!!
  • lavrishevolavrishevo Posts: 312
    edited February 2010
    I would have the belt inspected for signs of wear like cracks and discoloration.
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    The timing belt is extremely important and if it fails it can ruin your engine. Honestly, if you can afford the cost it is a smarter choice to go ahead and take care of it. Preventive maintenance is always the key to keeping a vehicle on the road without problems.
  • byyallbyyall Posts: 24
    Do not put off having this taken care of. I do not think they can just check this for it is not easy to get to. Timing belts on Honda's and other foreign models as well as Kia, should be changed every 7 years or 60K miles. I have a 1991 Honda Civic that has 120K on it and have had two timing belts put on it. The reason being that it is now 18 years old. The dealer told me to get it done in about another year or so. It is not cheap to do, but it is better than having an engine torn up.

    ALSO, to keep the warranty in effect, be sure to have the transmission serviced by 60K or the warranty is no good for the transmission. Look in your maintenance book and it will tell you what HAS to be done to keep it in effect.

    My 2006 Kia will hit 60K this month. I had the transmission serviced at 30K at the notice by a dealer. I looked in the booklet and it needed it then. I would not have had the warranty in effect if I had not done so. Make sure when you take the vehicle in to the dealers you ask them what needs to be done to be current on what needs to be done.

    Wasn't life simple when the cars were?
  • byyallbyyall Posts: 24
    I need to explain " be sure to have the transmission serviced by 60K or the warranty is no good for the transmission." That is be sure to first check with the previous owner and make sure they had it serviced at 30K also. Be sure to get a copy of this service so you will be safe just in case something happens to it. I hope you got all of the service records from prev. owner, but if not, ask who the dealer was who took care of the van before you bought it.
  • 144tap144tap Posts: 44
    The o/d button on my 05 Sedona won't stay in and cancel out the o/d . If I push and hold the button in it'll work and shift down to 4th. The option: is there a part inside the shifter or fuse or a selidnoid
  • lonnie4lonnie4 Posts: 11
    I am looking to buy a Kia Sedona. Is it good in snow? I looked at the Toyota Sienna but don't like the headrests and seems dull inside. Currently I own a Toyota Avalon and really like it. Just need a bigger vehicle... and looking for the best minivan out there for my money.

    THanks Londa
  • smillersmiller Posts: 32
    My 2006 Sedona is great in snow with 4 good snow tires.
    You should use snow tires no matter what car/van you drive - even all wheel drive cars.
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