2002 Kia Sedona LX 3.8 from North America
Could be a winner, but is undependable
Rear glass shattered upon first driving home. Dealer said glass was installed too tightly.
Alternator went after 15,000 miles.
Idler pully flew off while vehicle was leaving driveway. This was at about 27,000 miles. At this time, CD player would make weird clicking noise and all power would shut off. Dealer says they ordered new radio. No radio yet!
Air conditioning made loud hissing noise and blew white smoke out, then there was no cold air. Around 30,000 miles at this time. Dealer recharged after two days of denying any responsibility.
Air conditioning blew again within two weeks. This time, dealer claimed that a new unit was put in and that the seal was the cause.
During the last time (above) that the car was in dealer, s shop, other things needed addressed. Passenger sliding door is messed up. Don't know if track needs adjusting or grease or what, but dealer forgot to address this issue.
Also at present time, we are bringing Sedona back to dealer to have new seat belt/airbag sensor installed.
Last time Sedona was in shop it was there for seven days.
Yesterday, July 18, 2004, car died and battery was discharged and needed a jump while we were in motion, leaving Home Depot. Also, air conditioner still continues to let out small amounts of smoke and is slowly getting warmer.
We'd guess that car has been at dealer's for approx. 18-20 days all tolled since we bought it.
Currently, noticed that either gas or brake pedals will pulsate, car hesitates at will and brakes feel as if they are not power brakes.
A note here, that the brakes have given out for short period of time, but car could be stopped on these occasions.
Left middle seat arm rest fell off too. at about 28,000 miles. dealer said it was loose.
We like the ride that the Sedona gives, but unexpected problems that are constantly occurring makes one learyto drive the Sedonaon long trips.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 18th July, 2004
6th Jun 2005, 16:04
I have had nothing, but problems with my 2002 Kia Sedona. It only has 38,000 miles on it.
The first problem, within one week of purchase, was the battery constantly going dead. They replaced the battery with a new one, but it kept going dead. They finally said it was the lumbar switch and that other Sedona's previously had the switch go out. Why did it take months for them to finally address the issue?
It's been in the shop numerous times because the A/C won't blow cold air. The first time they said it was the "O" ring which they replaced. Finally, we paid for our "family" mechanic to look at our Kia to see why the A/C kept going out. They said that the hose had a hole and was leaking oil and coolant. Now it is sitting in the Kia shop once again getting fixed. I asked them to find out why the A/C also sounds like it's going to blow up when it's on.
Also, the front of the van makes a horrible cracking/popping sound. It sounds like the entire front window is going to bust open. I'm so worried that some day the window will come crashing in on me while I'm driving. The service shop has yet to explain to me what it is.
The van sounds like it is a VW Bus... the engine makes a loud, fast clicking noice like those old VW vans.
The brakes squeak loudly and the brake pedal vibrates under my foot. The service shop has replaced the brake pads, but the problem still continues.
If anyone insists on buying a Kia make sure that you put in the contract that you will get a free loaner vehicle while you car/van is in the shop! I'm without transportation while they try and fix this problem yet again. No transportation and 5 children is not fun!!