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Kia Sedona

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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:
    http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w251/Spike99-Pictures/Montana%20Van/Rear-Ligh- ts-1.jpg
    http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w251/Spike99-Pictures/Montana%20Van/Rear-Ligh- ts-2.jpg
    http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w251/Spike99-Pictures/Montana%20Van/Rear-Ligh- ts-3.jpg

    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.
    link title

    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.
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    Searched this forum but did not find much information about other owners' experience with trailer hitch and bike rack for their Sedonas.

    Can anybody recommend a particular product? Particular website for looking at different products? Etc etc.

    Primary purpose for a trailer hitch on our 2006 Sedona would be for a bike rack. I haven't researched a ton yet, and am not sure if there are other bike rack options not involving a trailer hitch.

    We have a flat metal grid platform (2 feet by 5 feet approximate) that connects to a trailer hitch, but have not used it yet. Seems it would NOT be a good candidate for transporting bikes -- not sure how they could be secured tightly.
  • aa0526aa0526 Posts: 27
    I am looking at a new Kia Sedona 2011.
    The 2011 has a new 3.5 v6 instead of the 4.0.
    The new engine has better mileage - I think 18/25 vs 17/23 for the old.
    My issue though is the styling.
    The 2011 is a pretty much carryover from the 2010/2009.
    But with Hyundai and KIA revamping its entire product line, I am guessing that the 2012 would get a complete redesign ... should I wait for 2012 or jump the gun with the 2011?
  • lavrishevolavrishevo Posts: 312
    edited September 2010
    I don't know if Kia is ending production of the Sedona. Some articles say Hyundai's Entourage is the only one to be killed off and a redesign is coming for the Sedona. It is a good van for the money. Not the best but definitely the best bang for the buck.

    I know my 06 has a 3.8L, I don't think Kia ever used a 4.0L
  • We purchased 2008 Kia Sedona with 11,000 miles. At 18,000 miles started complaining about a noise. They changed compresser at 44,000. Noise was still there. I told dealer and took back 2 times about noise after that. Could not find anything, don't worry, it is written you have been complaining, we will take care of. Out of warranty and now they know the noise is a bad engine. Sorry, you are out of warranty. Each dealership is independently owed and Kia is not responsible for their actions. I should have driven 50 miles out of my way and tried another dealership was the response from Kia. I would never recommend their product.
  • Was your wind noise with the side windows or the windshield? Thanks!
  • byyallbyyall Posts: 24
    It was coming from the back door as well as we could tell. I loved this van, but the noises continue in the 2012 we bought. They took away a lot of the perks it had in the 2006, little things that meant a lot to us. It does have a lot more horsepower and is a pleasure to drive and ride in.
    Sometimes the wind noise from the back window/door was so bad that we could not talk from the driver to the passenger and understand what was being said.
    The 2006 was a wonderful car, though and we got a lot for the money. I wish we had kept it as a drive around town car. We only got $5500 trade-in for it.
    There was NOTHING wrong with it except the 100K miles. Hindsight....
  • I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima SL, which I purchased about a year and a half ago. After about 14 months of ownership, the interior lights stopped working (dome lights, door lights). Researching on the internet led me to find that the "Battery Saver" fuse, a 10A fuse in the box below to the left of the steering wheel had blown. I replaced this on June 26th of this year, only for it to blow again on Aug. 12th, and yet again today. Today when I went to replace the fuse again, it immediately sparked and blew the fuse upon touching the contacts in the fuse box - so the problem has obviously come to a head. Anyone have any advise on diagnosing the circuit problem?
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,443
    Try a Maxima thread - might have more luck there than in a Sedona thread.
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