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Kia Sedona



  • Hey capecoralbill or anybody else did you have to put in a heavy duty flasher for when you are towing? Every thing works except for my left turn signal.
  • sorry, I haven't towed with it yet, so dont know if the trailer lites will work or not. But the vans lites are ok. Let us know what fixes it. Goodluck
  • isartamisartam Posts: 13
    As long as you use any name-brand oil filter, you will be fine. It doesn't matter where the filters are made, at least from a quality standpoint. The majors will be at least as good as the factory.

    However, make sure you are getting a legitimate major-brand product. I don't know how much this is happening now, but there was a time when China-made knockoffs were coming in with look-alike repair parts. Again, major chains likely won't have these, but do consider the source and do examine your produt for authenticity.

    And just stay away from the gimmicks such as using a roll of toilet paper as a replaceable element. :surprise:

    Philbert J Thrombockle
  • carfaxcarfax Posts: 43
    I do not own a Sedona van, but have had the towing package on several vehicles and never had to use a heavy duty flasher. If the rest of your lights are working then I would be looking at the wiring or a bad bulb. If the left signal is working on the vehicle and not the trailer then I would be checking the trailer out. If it isn't working on the vehicle and trailer at the same time, then i would be checking out the wiring harness to the vehicle to see if it is hooked up properly.
  • redptcredptc Posts: 78
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,441
    If you were me you'd buy new.
  • redptcredptc Posts: 78
    Anyone install a xm receiver in their 2006 Sedona? I was thinking about it but haven`t seen any info on it,for a sedona. :confuse:
  • 11b33t11b33t Posts: 51
    Had a Sirius added to the 2007 EX model for the wife. Did not want to change out the factory dash system so a detachable Sportster receiver was installed. Works just fine...
  • lmunizlmuniz Posts: 3
    Hi! I bought a 2006 EX Sedona on June 06 and two months after I started having problems with both electric side doors. They can either remain opened after pressing the "close" button, or once they close, they return and remain opened. In addition, they have closed up to a certain point and then remain opened about 5 or 6 inches from the lock. I ha taken it about 7 or 8 times for warranty and haven't received a final solution to the problem. The dealer keeps telling me that they are trying to duplicate the problem when the car is in their workshop, but nothing has happened so far. They also say they haven't found any other car with the same problem. Has anyone out there seen this type of fault??? Need urgent help!!!!
  • smillersmiller Posts: 32
    All I can say is keep going back until they can see the problem, it's very hard to repair an intermittent problem.
    Go on-line and research this issue, see if there is a TSB on it. If they know your van has a problem and you keep going back and they can't get it right, check your states lemon law.
  • thehothitthehothit Posts: 19
    I have exactly the same problem with my 2006 Sedona (and so do quite a few other people). It's been to two dealers twice and they can't "replicate" the problem! I've finally taken some video of the passenger side door attempting to close properly, and will show that to the dealer I'm using now. I may even send a copy to Kia USA on DVD. I'm thinking of calling them today actually. I have a feeling that the door is slightly out of alignment and that's what's causing it to have problems. Apart from this problem - it's a wonderful vehicle!
  • fishbreathfishbreath Posts: 58
    WELL, after who knows how long and 2 after market wiring harness that did not work right My local kia dealer's tech. said he knows the problem. I needed a harness from kia that has ( hell can't remember what it was called, wasn't a relay or diodes ) in the wires. At a tune of $262 including installation The harness was $130 alone. I figured if it doesn't work when they install I'm not paying, also so they can't say the warranty is void because I worked on it. Just in time for my fishing trip. Just don't tell my wife how much it cost. Pretty expensive trip and the boat isn't even in the water. Buy the van with the trailer package, cheaper in the long run.
  • carfaxcarfax Posts: 43
    Sorry to hear that your trip turned out more expensive then you figured. With all the electronics in to days cars drawing so much from the battery and alternator, I guess they need some sort of booster to power up anything that is added to the vehicle. If you are buying new, I would agree to have the trailer package put on. Pickup trucks are much easier to use after market trailer packages, because most are wired for towing anyhow. My buddy hooked his trailer to his Dodge van a couple weeks ago and his lights were giving him a hard time and they all worked last fall when he used the trailer last. He leaves the ball and hitch on the van all the time, so i told him to hook everything up and drive around the block a couple times. When he came back everything was working fine. Knocked the rust off the ball so he had better ground. I know there is a ground wire hooked to the vehicle and trailer, but sometimes simple things work and other times it cost you money. Have a good fishing trip and unless your wife reads these forums, she will never hear a word from me. :)
  • siennamisiennami Posts: 116
    that driving this van is like driving a monster vehicle? I have yet to really get used to its length and bulk. Of course I am moving from a VW Passat, so that does make a difference. I feel like I'm driving a Hummer sometimes! :P
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    Removed the 2nd row seats for the first time yesterday. After a few minutes, I finally got the seats out. Today, I tried to put them back in. Left bucket 2nd row seat, accidentally put one of the rear-wheel latches in first. Now, I cannot get this unlatched! I've spent 15 minutes fiddling with it and no dice. The manual is no help. The front-wheel latches need to go in first.

    The right bucket 2nd row seat, I screwed up in a different way. While trying to figure out the operation of the rear-wheel latches, I ended up locking them both -- but the seat isn't attached to the floor! After this, I was able to attach both front-wheel latches to the floor, but the rear-wheel latches will not attach to the floor because they are already closed/latched and when I try to lower them onto the bars on the floor they just bang on top. I.e. they will not open back up so they can be attached to the floor.

    Can anyone help me by explaining how to un-lock the rear-wheel latches so I can get these seats installed and avoid a trip to the dealer for something so silly? I'm no engineer, but I'm also not a moron and I could not find any way to get these latches to un-latch. The rear strap releases the front latches, but not the rear latches.
  • redptcredptc Posts: 78
    I had the same trouble with my seat.Under the plastic cover for the back latch is the unlock mechanism. I had to fish around the area till i got it unlatched.There is a cable i belive you have to pull on to get it unlatched. Sorry i do not remember any thing else that i did.I just messed around till i got it unlocked. :sick:
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    if it's not obvious, you know, a visit to your dealer to have it properly demonstrated to you would be worth the "inconvenience". you don't want to break something trying to unlatch it, or re-installing it.
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    thanks - will take another look 'under the covers' and see if I can find it.
  • redptcredptc Posts: 78
    Your right about going to the dealer to have the seat fixed.But i was in a hurry to go somewhere so i did it my self.Next time the dealer gets it. :sick:
  • redptcredptc Posts: 78
    Check reply 907&909 if your still having problems. :)
  • byyallbyyall Posts: 24
    I have a 2006 Kia Sedona EX which has had the same problem with the right passenger side door closing properly. It now closes, but there is still a lot of noise on the passenger side of the van. Service people tell me this "is the nature of the beast"! Seems to me there is something amiss. A new van should NOT have these problems.
  • rgochoargochoa Posts: 17
    I have the same model Sedona and it is very quiet. The only noise I had was a howling noise that was coming from the crossbars on the roof rack. I disregarded the installation instructions and feedback from the dealership and solved the problem by installing the front one all the way to the front and the rear one all the way to the back. Problem solved.
  • smillersmiller Posts: 32
    I couldn't agree more. If your van is maintained, washed regularly, and lubed it should not have ANY problem under normal conditions. I have the 06 Sedona LX, bought in Feb. 07- and it's been to the shop more than my 10 year old Ford f150!I had the steering shake at highway speeds, and most recently I had to take it in for a screw missing from the door latch. We found it laying on the bottom of the sliding door track. The dealer said to "keep an eye on them
    those cross-piont screws can come loose".
    I got the LX because I didn't want extra electric problems,
    but now I have to worry about the screws? And guess what? if a screw was missing my dealer shop would have to ORDER it. A simple screw. These Vans are CHEAP.
  • I couldn't agree with you more. These vans are crap. I had an 04 lemon and had to get the 06 as part of the settlement. Well even my 06 has been in the shop numerous times. (noise they can't duplicate of course upon start up..sounds awful, broken handles, broken arm rests, dead cigarette lighter, dead battery, now leather peeling, and still terrible noise will bring it back to the shop) What a joke these kia's are. I would NEVER buy one again. NEVER eVER a brand new car constantly in the shop! Oh and forgot the mention the paint job is crap. I have so many scratches all over my paint and nothing has touched it..if it has it is light touches that show up as huge scratches. Just an all around awful car in my opinion.
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    Sorry to hear you folks are having problems. I guess it's just luck of the draw, but our 2002 EX had very few issues in the 5 years and 80k miles we owned it. We never should have sold it...

    Our 2006 EX with power side doors & liftgate has 11k miles and no problems so far. The doors are quiet, no highway speed shake, etc etc. We are thinking about selling it to 'downsize' in terms of overall cost of ownership, even though the van has been a real pleasure so far.

    Happy 2-time Sedona owner here...
  • byyallbyyall Posts: 24
    Some of this is scary! I have had the 2006 EX in THREE times for AC problems alone. Of course, always "CAN'T DUPLICATE" even though I took it in, made the service advisor sit in the van with heat coming from the left side and freezing cold on the right side...PLUS hot air from the floor! They say they can't fix it if they can't duplicate it!!

    Same comment about wind noise coming from right passenger side front or sliding door, can't tell which. Twice in for that problem.

    Many smaller problems at the beginning after June 28th purchase. The van itself drives great, gets wonderful gas mileage, comfortable, etc. However, I fear each time we drive that something else is going to happen to it.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    Do you have another Kia dealership within driving distance?

    I ask because these people sound either incompetent or purposely trying to avoid a warranty repair.

    If you have heat on the left side, and feezing cold on the right side PLUS hot air from the floor, it seems logical enough to me there is an issue which they should well be able to simulate in their heads as to what the problem is. If they cannot do that, they don't know the vehicle at all which should tell you something.

    Now, it's possible they have a very good idea what the problem is, but they must remove a good part of the dash to get to the problem sub-system.

  • byyallbyyall Posts: 24
    Thanks for the same ideas I have already had about my dealership. We do have dealers 2 hours away in three directions. We live in Columbia, SC in the center of the state. There are dealers in Charleston, Spartanburg and Greenwood. The problem is that when I talked to the Service Manager in Charleston he told me I would have to leave the car for several days. How do I get home??

    I feel if KIA was interested enough they would have suggested that I take it to another dealer who would LEND ME A CAR TO GET HOME IN so they could check it out. They have a lot to learn about true Customer Service.

    The dealership here called KIA who told them no one had reported a problem like this before. Maybe they don't live in HOT (VERY HOT) COLUMBIA SOUTH CAROLINA. I have been made to feel like a fool for complaining about this. I didn't appreciate that at all!

    Thanks for the input. Carolyn
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    well, another tact would be to educate yourself on how heating and air in a vehicle works (in general terms, better if you can find something specific) so you can speak intellegently about it.

    chances are there is a box or compartment where hot and cold and outside air are blended with a damper arrangement before being distributed, and therein may lie the problem.

    google it.

    you might even find someone else is having the same problem as you.

    now here is a suggestion: i presume you'll be driving somewhere and it will happen again. do not shut off the car, do not drive to your destination (or past GO to collect 200), be willing to be more inconvenienced... you don't have many options - drive immediately to the dealership with the problem present (and keep the car running when you get there...DO NOT SHUT IT OFF) and ask for a tech to get in the car and witness the issue first-hand, preferably the master / senior tech in the shop.

    be calm, assertive and re-assuring. tell them you know they can fix it, you expect a loaner, and ask them when to come back and pick it up. ;)
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