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Kia Sedona problems



  • Hello to all. I have a 2004 EX Sedona, 14k miles. I just noticed that my rear defrost is not working - not a good thing as we just got 16 inches of snow! The button will push in, but not "stick". Has anyone ever had this problem before? Guess I'll have to take it to the dealer.
  • that is what i was thinking as we had a similar problem with our 2001 malibu from the lugnuts being put on too tight (place where we were having tires rotated were not using torque wrench, just torque gun). had the rotors and pads replaced and now rides like a new car again, but was apprehensive to think that this would be the problem with a brand new vehicle. do you think i should have it checked by an outside source before i return to dealer to validate that being the cause before i get the run around by the service tech?
  • craigmricraigmri Posts: 243


    I dont think its neccessary to bring your van to another shop simply for a validation. Dealers dont like to be "told" what to replace.....Your best approach is to describe all symptoms exactly. I have had tremendous success offering to buy the service manager lunch. They have never took me up on the offer but the gesger goes a long way. If he or she turns you down simply ask what kind of soda they like....Buy 'em one from the vending machine....They will remember you I promise. After they claim the repair is done, ask for the service manager to go with you on a short test ride to confirm the repairs are done to your satisfaction.


    Let us know OK?



    '04 Sedona EX
  • rmkiasrmkias Posts: 1
    I have had this happening to my Sedona (2002) twice so far. My suspected it was not engaging in drive because of the extreme cold here (around -15F with the wind chill). When I pushed on the gas a bit more and held it down for a while, it does shift eventually...takes a few seconds. Is it very cold where you are at? Did you find out anything more about this problem? If you have, please let me know. Thanks!
  • Hello all,


    Just bought a 2005 Sedona EX (500 km on it as I write this). Not knowing the car and never having owned a Kia I have questions I am hoping you as experienced owners can help with:


    1) Anyone have a ticking sound from the engine on start? It seems to go away after awhile.


    2)At idle and in gear I have two odd sounds that are very noticeable inside the van. One is the alternator (I know it's the alternator because the whine from it changes as I increase and decrease the load on it)and the noise comes from the right side of the engine. The second is a LOUD tranny pump coming from the left side of the engine (again the noise is noticeable when in gear but not in park or neutral). It's a chugging sort of noise.


    3) The front suspension makes a "tock tock" sound when going over undulations in the road. Not when I do over real bumps, but something like a wave in the pavement. The car is fine over large bumps, handles well and feels tight otherwise.


    4) Did your gas mileage get better after the engine was broken in (I hope)?


    Thanks in advance for your help.


  • RMKIAS wrote:


    I have had this happening to my Sedona (2002)twice so far. My suspected it was not engaging;in drive because of the extreme cold here(around -15F with the wind chill). When I pushed on the gas a bit more and held it down;for a while, it does shift eventually




    RMKIAS - Wind chill has no effect on inanimate objects such as your Sedona. Wind chill only acts on skin by removing heat faster than if there were no wind. Your transmission doesn't care how fast the wind is blowing. If it did there would be a problem every time you got on the highway in cold weather since in effect you would be creating your own wind chill effect.


    We have had a couple of very cold days here in Minnesota so far this year where the high does not get above zero degrees F, (actual temp, not wind chill), and our Sedona has not had any transmission issues. We are expecting the coldest weather of the year here in a few days with highs potentially not hitting -10F and lows somewhere south of -20F. I'll let everyone know how our Sedona does, but so far we are very impressed with how well it starts and runs in the cold, and most importantly, how well the heater works!


    If you are having transmission problems in the cold then I'd get it checked out by the dealer. Perhaps you need a transmission fluid change. When it is time for an ATF change on my van I'll probably put in synthetic fluid since it flows better in very cold weather.


    - Chad
  • I'm wondering if anyone can help me with my problem.

    I have a 03 ex.


    The front passenger side tire keeps loosing traction. It mostly happens when I make a turn or merge into a highway. And don’t even need accelerate that much. If it’s raining…forget it!!! I’ve taken it to the dealer and they cannot determine what the problem is. They’re telling me that that’s the way the car is and there’s nothing they or I can do about it. But it’s really bad! I probably look like a teenager after peeling out on every corner. I know my tires will never last this way.

    Keep in mind I just put new tires on the car (GY triple tread), but it was happening with the hancook’s as well.
  • I have a 2002 Sedona with 41000 miles. My Air Bag light recently came on and I am wondering if it will be covered under warranty?

    My Sedona came from the dealership with 2 leaks, power steering and transmission. It took 3 trips to the dealership to get them fixed. The final trip, I put "3rd time - LEMON LAW" across the repair ticket. Technically, it came with 3 leaks. The right front tire leaked until my wife ran it flat one day and ruined it. The tires are very slick on wet pavement. They are worn out now and getting replaced with better quality tires.

    I've had my Sedona in to the shop twice to replace seat belts. The mid row belts stopped ratcheting, which makes it impossible to use child safty seats. Also, I had to bring it in for a recall to replace the back row seat belts.

    I'd guess my average milage to be around 17 to 18 mpg.

    Overall, I've had more trouble with this vehicle than any of the others I've owned. Regardless, it is still a good value...You get what you pay for!
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    Sorry you've had so many problems with your Sedona. I'd say you are unlucky, not that you got what you paid for.


    You are the first person I've heard, besides me, who has had seat belt ratcheting problems. We had the same problem with the middle row passenger side belt and it was replaced.
  • I have a 2002 sedona lx with 51k miles. When I first turn on the van and shift into drive and hit the gas and start to move the Brake and Charge Light comes on. The van drives nicely though and when I turn off the car and turn it back on the light is gone but returns when i continue to accelerate again. I went to the dealer and they told me it might be the alternator however the van still runs. Anyone know whats wrong? Both the brake and charge light comes on at the same time. yet the E brake is on engaged.
  • johnnojohnno Posts: 3
    While making the usual rounds in town, the Check Engine Light came on after starting and STAYED LIT.

    The engine is running kinda rough, with a lower idle.

    I checked the fluids, air filter, gas cap.

    Any help is appreciated.

    '02 LX with 66K, timing belt replaced 1.5K ago.
  • johnno,


    how much did you pay for your timing belt replacement? thanks.
  • Hello all,

    Has anyone had their rotors replaced? If this covered under the warranty? My sisters '03 Sedona has pulsating brakes and I suspect that the rotors are warped.
  • The rotors are covered under the warrenty
  • Thank you...good to know in advance!
  • Hello all:


    I have been reading this forum for some time now but this is my first posting. I also have had several challenges with our 2002 Kia Sedona EX (not the two tone paint). Overall the van seems great, wife loves it and it was in our budget. All major work done has been covered by the 10/100 warranty, so I can't complain about that.


    Replaced so far:

    *replaced seat belt anchor (recall)

    *replaced warped rotors w/alignment,

    *replaced battery (code 02T30 S8G75C)

    *replaced headliner

    *replaced spare tire support

    *adjusted E brake cable

    *replaced faulty coil pack on #6 cylinder (Code P0306).


    Also had paint flaking off driver side mirror which dealer repainted. I have read forums which customers are experiencing alot more problems than I have so far. My newest problem is the stock Kumho tires are ready for replacement at only 35,000 miles. I would like to get recommadation on what others may have replaced with. Local tire dealers advised to replace with either Goodyear Integrity or BF Goodwrench Radial TA with S rating.


    Thanks for the help,

  • It seems that everyone on this list ends up puttng car passenger tires on the Sedona after the OEM tires wear out. Why the choice not to put truck tires on again? I have the Hankkok RA07 truck tires on mine and I like them. I also appreciate the fact that they are h rated (like I will ever go that fast) and have a weight rating of about 1,600 lbs.


  • navyairnavyair Posts: 202
    I have Hankook RA07's on my 2003 EX and will probably replace them after next year with the same. They have 35k on them now, will replace around 50k, rated for 55k. As I recall, they are about $55 each on the web.


    However, I may just go a little higher dollar and run Nokian WR's ($125 55k tire, same specs as OEM tires for heat/wt/speed) year around. I have them on there now (steel rims)and the van handles well in all weather. It is an all weather tread design with special winter rubber compounds to make it more sticky. Works well in rain and slush which sold me. Haven't had it on solid ice yet, but may test that out, too.


    A few previoius posts mentioned some Goodyears. Maybe they will repost.
  • Thanks Rob and Navyair.


    After much consideration I went with Goodyear Allegra which has the same specs as the OE Kumho tire. (ie: 1620 lbs max, temp B, Traction A, load index 97). The Goodyears have a speed rating of T (118mph) oppose to Kumho H rating, which I don't really care about. The Goodyear wear is 560.


    While researching I found that Goodyear Allegra is only produced for Sams Club. It seems like a good tire for the price with a 75,000 mile warranty and since I purchased at Sams they included Road Hazard. I got all 4 for $291.00 oppose to most other tire dealers wanting $380-450 per set.

    I sure hope I get better service from these than the Kumhos.
  • Actually I had those Allegra's on my last minivan and liked them a lot. They are only sold at Canadian Tire in Canada. They were quiet, good in all weather. I did however find the sidewalls a little soft. I had no idea they had the same weight rating as the OEM Hankooks- thats good to know.


  • johnnojohnno Posts: 3
    Two quotes from dealers were for ~$500, including belt. The process takes seven hours.My local mechanic couldn't handle it. Remember that the spark plugs need to be changed, so check on a package deal.
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    @ $125 each, the Nokians aren't a little higher dollar than the Hankooks, they're a LOT higher dollar!


    What is the speed rating on the Nokians?
  • navyairnavyair Posts: 202
    They have exactly the same specs as OEM Hankooks in all catagories.


    Should have said Nokian price included extended warantee (flat repair and road hazard), mounting, lifetime balancing and rotation.


    I needed replacement tires for my commuter car at the same time I started looking for snow tires/wheels for the Kia.
    After research, decided I would run a set year around on my commuter car. (It is a Chrysler, and I'm not sure it will survive past this set of tires, even though it only has 50K on it)


    These WR's are also considered specialty tires because of the rubber, even though they are really all weather design...rated for 55k miles, but optimized for ice/snow/wet roads. Have a lot of those around here. Only drawback I can see is small...the directional tread will keep you from "x-ing" when rotating tires.


    I can say that they are quite a bit quieter than the Michelin Energy tires they replaced. They handled our 10" of snow just fine on unplowed roads last Friday, and the wet roads since then. I am running them on both my commuter car and the van right now.


    Hankook was basic Internet price only. Probably add 15-20$ per tire around here for mtg/balancing only. Still makes it a $75-85 tire versus a 125$ tire. Concur, that is a lot, esp if you don't need snow tires. I saw a lot of folks off the side of the road on Friday night who didn't have them.


    The warantee is insurance for the wife when she travels, and at $10/tire it was cheap to make sure she could get flats fixed or quick swaps if needed. Dealer sold me the two sets, including everything for $1k.


    You might be able to find Nokians for less around the country, but here in the Twin Cities, it was about the best deal I could find...found the tires a bit lower, but when you included mounting and balancing, and disposal of one set of tires (commuter car)and warantees it always came out to be 1000-1200$. I went with the dealer that sounded the most enthusiastic and actually said he wanted the business.
  • ocmike3ocmike3 Posts: 232
    We're starting to look for a replacement for my wife's Volvo wagon. I'd really like to get a minivan to give us more room traveling. I sat in and played with as many minivans as I could at the auto show. I really like the Sedona and it seems like the Kia quality has been improving every year. I'm not as impressed with the Odyssey, Sienna, Caravan.. as many. (Although the stow n go seats are trick on the Honda & Chrysler/Dodge...)

    I'd like to save some $$$ but the sales person I've used quite often(always treated me fair and well) says I don't want a Kia... They sell Pontiac, Buick, GMC & Kia. The Sedona isn't quite as "nice" as the Pontiac/Buick vans; but seating seemed as comfortable and driving position okay.

    So, from experienced Sedona owners - Would you buy the Sedona again? and why?
  • craigmricraigmri Posts: 243
    If I were to buy another minivan I'd buy the Sedona again in a minute. For $20,000 I got a new Minivan with leather, ABS, Power Sunroof and EX package.


    Drive one and see for yourself.


    Oh yeah....Ask him how long the GM minivan warranty lasts.



    '04 Sedona EX
  • navyairnavyair Posts: 202
    2003 EX I'd buy it again. Solidly built and handles well in all weather conditions. Although I like some of the GM cars, I haven't seen one of their minivans which rated well or held up with lots of mileage. Our Sedona is as solid with 35K miles as it was day 1 off the lot. Same features as Craig has.
  • The reason I bought a Sedona was because I had a GM venture/transport/montana. Biggest piece of garbage I ever owned. The 3.4 liter V6 is great on gas but mechanically is terrible. The intake manifold gasket (which fails on the majority of them) was $900 CDN to replace, and then the cold snap we had just before Christmas caused BOTH head gaskets to fail. That was enough for me and I cut my losses.


    It wasn't very sturdy, could only pull 2,000 lbs, leaked inside when it rained, had transmission pump issues (cativation on start up, absolutely the worst windshield wiper design ever, expensive parts, very difficult to work on and therefore labor was at least 1.5 X that of any other minivan, the heating sucked. This isn't just me complaining, as these are documented in technical service bullitens from GM.


    I only have about 3,000 KM on my sedona but I like it more than any GM or Chrysler minivan I have had. If you're nervous about buying it lease it for the length of the warranty. That is what I did.




    oh and one other thing. Sounded like a diesel at start-up. Many of the GM engines display piston slap and serious noise when starting. Mine certainly did. Again doucmented in TSB from GM.
  • We have a 2002 EX with 54,000 miles. If I needed a van this year, I would not hesitate to buy another Sedona. It rides very much the same as it did the day we test drove it. Test drive one and then compare it (and the price and warranty) with the competition.


    Sedona pluses:




    Smooth 5 speed transmission

    Looks (subjective I know)


    Sedona minuses:

    Gas mileage

    lack of some features (navigation, no folding third row seat, power doors etc)


    Is a new Honda or Sienna a better overall vehicle? Maybe, but just think what you can do with the extra 3000 bucks.
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    Very satisfied with our 2002 Sedona EX. Ours has 47,000 miles. All options except rear spoiler (ugly).


    The interior quality is much better than the GM minivans, in my opinion. Plus I prefer the 3.5L DOHC 24V V6 with 5-speed auto to the old-style pushrod motors with 4-speed auto in the GM minivans.


    You don't get the latest gee-whiz minivan features in a Sedona, and resale value will not be good. If you plan to keep it for a while, and as a Volvo owner I bet you do keep your vehicles for a good long while, it should serve you well.


    This year, deals on 2005 Sedonas are likely to really heat up as the rollout of the all-new 2006 approaches. It's up to you whether to jump on the outgoing '05 or wait for the new '06.
  • ocmike3, I own a 2002 sedona with 80,000 miles on it. Best vehicle i have ever owned! Getting ready to trade for a 05 or maybe an 06 sedona. I have highly recommended it to my wife's boss(he bought one) and my cousin also purchased a 2003. Mike you won't be sorry, go for it!
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