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Kia Sedona (2005 and Earlier)



  • I have a 2002 Sedona EX with 42,000 miles on it. . .
    I've just purchased my third set of tires. . . and my 2nd alignment in 2 1/2 years. This has never happened with my cars before, so I don't think it's my driving or where I'm driving. I've talked to other owners who've also had problems with tire-wear.

    Has anyone else had this problem? . . . What can be done about it?
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    Unless you drive your van like it's a race car, always have your tires improperly inflated, and never rotate them, then something is wrong.


    Our original equipment Hankook RA07 tires were replaced at 38,600 miles, although they could have lasted until 45k if I really wanted. We replaced those with Bridgestone Turanza LS-T tires and have logged about 6,500 miles on those so far.


    Our Sedona has never needed an alignment. I know it is often recommended to do an alighment when buying new tires, but our Sedona tracks so straight I didn't think it was necessary. Why mess with a good thing?
  • I was told by a Kia salesman that the 2006 Sedona would come with an increased price tag. He said that Kia is becoming the high end Hyundai. They will be releasing a Hyundai minivan in 2006 as well. What appears to be happening is that that van will replace the current Sedona in the market and the new Sedona will take a step up in size, features, and price.
  • Unless you are driving on extremely bad roads or have a tendency to hit curbs, alignments should not be necessary as frequently as you've had them. Regarding tire wear; remember you are driving a 4,800# vehicle, which will wear out tires much faster than lighter vehicles such as cars, however the only way you should be on your third set is if you've been using tires with very low wear ratings. I also suspect you do a lot of city driving, which wears out tires a lot faster than highway driving.


    The Hankook tires which come on some of the Sedona's have a wear rating of 440. This is very good and should allow the tire to last a very long time. I bet you didn't have the Hankooks but the Kumhos. I'm not sure what their wear rating is, but I bet it is a lot less as people on this list have mentioned the Kumhos don't last as long.


    If length of service is a primary concern, make sure you buy tires with wear ratings of 400+. The reason I say 'primary concern', is softer tires with lower wear ratings may offer other benefits such as better handling (not usually a concern with a minivan) and better traction in wet conditions. Another way to make sure you get the most mileage out of your tires is to rotate them every 5,000 miles.


    - Chad
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    I read a magazine article a year or two back that said basically the same thing. Don't remember where I saw that article, but all of the folks I've seen discussing on Edmunds seem to think the opposite: Kia will be the value brand and Hyundai the higher-end brand. Personally, I'm sticking with the 'Kia = high-end of the 2 brands' theory. Overall, Kia has offerings in pricier segments where Hyundai has none-- Sorento in midsize/midprice SUV class and Sedona in minivan class.
  • craigmricraigmri Posts: 243
    I actually think they are gonna be more like Buick and Oldsmobile......they were much closer in grade than say.....Chevy and Cadillac.



    '04 Sedona EX
  • xvrmxvrm Posts: 10
    My understanding is that both Hyundai & Kia will release new minivans (2006) based on next generation Sonata platform. Hyundai continues as the higher-content brand ... Kia is to be the 'sporty' brand. Smaller wheelbase Sedona is added to mix in 2007 ... so Kia has two, Hyundai one. We'll see how well THAT works. Maybe smaller van will be at 2005 price point.



    '04 Sedona LX
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    What do you mean by 'Hyundai continues as the higher-content brand.' I wouldn't say that Hyundai currently is the higher-content brand at this point.
  • xvrmxvrm Posts: 10
    My apologies, Bluedevils. You're right ... Hyundai is NOT the higher-content brand of the two (Hyundai v. Kia) at this point. Mea culpa.



    '04 Sedona LX
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    Well I wasn't trying to win the 'argument,' just trying to stir up more discussion. Hyundai is NOT the higher-content brand, but that has not stopped most folks in other parts of the automotive community from claiming that Kia is the budget brand to Hyundai - sorta like a Ford/Mercury relationship, or something like that.
  • craigmricraigmri Posts: 243
    Seems to me Hyundai is trying to decide how the two brands will stage themselves. At this point it appears to me they are almost competing with themselves. Entry level buyers can choose between the Accent or the Rio. Then there is a choice between the Elantra and the Spectra. Mid size sedan buyers can choose between the Sonota or the Optima. Premium sedan buyers can choose between the XG350 or the Amanti. SUV buyers choose between the Santa Fe or the Sorrento. I think each vehicle in each category is competing with the other. In my opinion they need to determine which brand will be the entry level and which will be the premium brand. Right now they are so close in grade that they compete with each other.



    '04 Sedona EX
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    Does it matter if people buy a Kia over a Hyundai or vice versa? I don't think that Hyundai care so long as people buy one or the other and not a Toyota/Honda/Nissan/whatever.
  • I posted this in another forum but thought this might be best, so here is the same info again. I need help in maiing my buying decision. Thanks.


    I have an oportunity to buy a 2000 Toyota Sienna for $13,500 with approx. 53,800 miles, or a 2003 Sedona EX with leather seats, moon roof, etc., with only 15,000 miles for $13,900. My mechanic says buy the Toyota regardless of the mileage difference. What do you think?


    The Sedona is much more luxurious, but the Toyota is much more sporty, and I think perhaps even has more room even though the Sedona looks larger.


    The Sedona is actually sitting in my driveway now because the dealer insisted that I take it home to show my wife and to keep it overnight. I hate this kind of pressure but I finally gave in just so I could escape. I feel like I'm still waiting for the dealer to read my Miranda Rights to me.


    Thanks for any input you can give me.


    First time minivan shopper in Birmingham, AL
  • craigmricraigmri Posts: 243
    Do you like the Sedona in your driveway? Does it drive nice? for that little money you cant go wrong.


    If you plan to keep this Van for another 10 years I say go with the Toyota cause you can be assured it will be virtually trouble free.



    '04 Sedona EX
  • Thanks. We still have not made up our minds. I really want a low mileage Honda or Toyota but finding a reasonably priced one in Birmingham, AL is difficult. The dealer has now lowered the price of the KIA down to $13,500. Makes it hard to day no but I'm still not sold.


    Thanks for your advice.


  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    Both are good vans. With the Sedona, you have the opportunity to get a better equipped, arguably more comfortable minivan that is newer and has lower mileage, for the same price. You give up the Toyota reputation for quality, which was somewhat stained with the hubbub about oil cooking in the 3.0L V6 engines of the past few years (I don't remember which years specifically).


    There's still plenty of warranty on the Sedona; not so the Sienna.


    Buying a 2003 for $13,500, you already have avoided the big depreciation hit on the Sedona; the original buyer has taken that hit for you!


    In this comparison, several of the reasons that would typically be Sienna advantages have already been nullified.


    Personally, I'd buy the Sedona because I think it is more vehicle at the same price. But the Sienna is a quality Toyota vehicle. It might come down to how much of the service history / previous life information is available on each van. That makes a difference to me.


    Why are you still not sold on the Sedona? Is it something about this particular van, or just a general reluctance to buy a Kia? If you are still scared about Kia, you probably shouldn't buy one just on a leap of faith. If you conclude that Sedona does NOT represent a roll of the dice, then go for it. Personally, I think the posts on this board the past 3 years have shown the Sedona generally holds up fairly well. Some folks have problems with theirs, but overall Sedona seems to be holding its own vs. other minivans in quality/durability/reliability.
  • may i ask what dealership you are dealing with in b'ham,al? you may also want to consider that this dealer will try to sell you an extended warranty along with this vehicle(the toyota) thus jacking up the price and getting back whatever he thought he was giving away with the price. don't buckle under to pressure you won't get a good deal. do your research and negotiate on price not payment. i looked at the other vans and the prices drove me to look at a loaded sedona with an unmatched warranty in the industry so, i figured it to be a no brainer.
  • The third row of seats is not needed in our empty nester household and I am looking for a cargo liner to cover from the back of the second row to the tailgate. They seem to be available for everything except the Sedona. Has anyone found a supplier or have suggestions?
  • rcwiiircwiii Posts: 7
    I too am from Birmingham, AL. I have had my 2004 Kia Sedona EX for... oh heck I'm not sure... I think about 6 months now. I bought it from Bill Byrd Kia over by the Galleria. I had what I felt was a good experience with them and compared to some of my other experiences around town with different brands I did not feel nearly as pressured. I have not had any work done on the van outside of 2 oil changes which I have had done for a very reasonable price at the dealership (under 20 bucks and it took about 30 minutes from pulling the lot to pulling out). My wife and I are really enjoying the van so far and it easily accomodates our 3 children.

    Feel free to ask me quesitons.
  • Looking for a used van now. any one knows above question?


  • 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.


  • You can find mats for the sedona at Husky liner makes custom fit mats for everything but he cargo area and Weatherall (weatherite?) makes a crgo liner for it. They are both sold at the site


  • Rob, I had the problem with the ticking noise you describe upon startup ... but only after the car sits for at least 4-5 days without starting ... I believe it has something to do with the oil leaving the valvetrain after an extended period of time.
  • Thanks Erik thats helpful. One other thing I have noticed is that when I let the car slow down without braking, I can actually feel the car "gearing down" as I would with any manual transmission I drive. Very slight sensation and hardly noticable but strange. I am thinking this may be a result of KIA being a heavy truck manufacturer and actually designing it this way. This also helps explain the very short 1st gear on the vehicle.


    It's a pretty "trucky" minivan. Very beefy.


    As for the ticking, I will move to synthetic Oil after about 18,000 Kms.


    Thanks again


  • Does anyone have the part number for the headlight bulb for an '02 Sedona? My bulbs got busted after 54K miles.
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    there's really no reason to wait - you can safely switch to synthetic any time. At least that seems to be the current consensus in the automotive community.
  • Thanks Blue. I am hesitant to put synthetic in immediately as I would like the engine to seat/break-in completly before I put super slippery stuff in.


  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    I know what you are saying and I am definitely not an expert in this area, but knowledgeable folks have been saying over and over on this board for the past few years that a break-in period prior to synthetic switchover just isn't necessary.


    If you feel you MUST do this, it seems like you could go 5,000 mi (8,000 km) and that would be enough of a safety margin. Waiting until 18,000 km seems like overkill.
  • Thanks again Blue. In fact I think I will do it at the first oil change (5,000 miles). Do you , or did you ever have, a growling sound from the left side of the motor compartment which you can hear in the interior when the van is any gear (but not neutral)?


  • Rob,


    For what it is worth, I've been running Mobil 1 10W30 full synthetic in my 2004 Sedona since 1,000 miles. The engine runs great with it. I've only got 6,000 miles on the van so far, but no problems yet.


    - Chad
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