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Kia Sedona problems



  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    Haven't seen that on our 2002 EX or on my parents' 2003 EX. The trip computer should know how much gas is left in the tank and, based on fuel efficiency during that tank, about how many miles to empty remain. The driver does not need to do anything to 'reset' the DTE meter. Sounds like your trip computer has a minor problem.
  • busygalbusygal Posts: 3
    To rcwiii, the same thing happened to me in my 2004 EX. I thought the reason was I didn't shut off my engine before I opened the gascap. The DTE reset itself after 2 or 3 fill-ups.
  • ndlndl Posts: 1
    My 2004 Sedona has been going "wonky" of late. This is my first new purchase vehicle, but it was already serviced and repaired within the first month. Now 6 months later:

    1. While driving the area around my feet gets extremely hot, I assume that this is from the engine, but is that normal.
    2. Several times a day, in different parts of the city, the radio volume started going up and down, usually 5 or 6 levels (indicated on the display).
    3. Sometimes when I drive, usually when I am on the highway, the car vibrates.

    Has anyone else had similar problems?
  • craigmricraigmri Posts: 243
    To ndl,

    This is our second Sedona and either our '02 or '04 heat our feet any. Never noticed that at all.

    The radio is not a problem for us either.

    We do find the '04 seems to vinrate some at speed. Our '02 was smooth as silk so I'm gonna try and resolve this through having the dealer balance the tires again.

    The '04 doesnt seem to have the get up and go the '02 had. I suspect they reprogrammed the computer to gain an extra 2 MPG on the window sticker.

    '04 Sedona EX
  • It's been almost a year since buying our Sedona and posting to this board. Our Kia has just over 15,000 miles on it. So far, we have seen a few very minor problems that the dealer has fixed under warrenty without complaint. (1) We have heard the moaning/mooing from the AC since we picked up the vehicle from the dealer, but I had already read about it on here so wasn't worried about it. It's not been irritating enough to give up the van for a day to get looked at. (2) after about six weeks, the wiper switch began clicking when you turned the steering wheel and was replaced. (3) Door jam on drivers side sliding door split, was replaced.

    Other problems I have experience but have not had checked yet include (a) a vibration/creaking/rattle sound that the van makes almost every time it's started. Seems to eminate from the right side in front of firewall. At first I thought it was the suspension making noise, but when I turned the engine on/off several times, it occurred every time right after the engine fires up. (b) Drivers side window makes a mild clunking sound some times at the top of the travel when rolling up the window. Sounds like the window regulator may be loose.

    Having said this, we are love our van and would make the same decision again. I am even considering a Kia Sorento when my 1992 Nissan Pathfinder with 175,000 miles on t needs replacing.
  • Well I've got 40 miles on my Sedona and the check engine light just came on, and stays on. I have to make an appointment for next week.... sigh.
  • gad241gad241 Posts: 5
    Had the same thing happen to our '02 Sedona. Service agent ran a pen down the crack and said a stone had hit the windshield. Wife said she didn't recall taking any hits from rock.
  • gad241gad241 Posts: 5
    We have a '02 Sedona with 63K miles. Just recently the Brake and Battery warning lights came on. The parking brake seems to be releasing correctly because the brake warning light will dim. Check the voltage on the battery and was seeing 11+ volts. This was telling me that the alternator was not charging battery. Next morning, started engine and lights didn't show up and battery was getting 14+ volts. Shut engine off and later re-started and lights were back. Van going to dealer tomorrow. Will report back on solution.
  • After the Kia dealer resurfaced the rotors...the van still has a subtle vibration when braking from higher speeds. Has any Sedona owners experienced this?

    '04 Sedona EX
  • Found a disturbing trait about my new Sedona. The paint is REALLY weak!!

    Here's what happened.....I'm in my garage working on a ceiling recepticle directly above the Sedona. While fiddling with the plug for the Garage door opener and house alarm system power pack, the plastic recepticle cover fell two feet and landed on the Sedona. chipped down to the primer about 1/3 inch long. I was like.....Holy crap thats weak paint!!!! Touched up then used a clay bar to smooth out and its hardly noticable now.

    From this experience I expect significant chips in the frontal area of car from road debris and rocks.

    '04 Sedona EX
  • 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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