2002 Kia Sedona EX from North America


A time consuming liability


Has a problem that cannot be "reproduced" according to the dealer.

General Comments:

The car is inexpensive.

The leather interior is great for some baby spills. The sunroof is wonderful.

However, frequent dealer visits that are time and cost ineffective.

Particularly, disheartening when obvious problems are beyond the dealers diagnostic capabilities.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th December, 2002

2002 Kia Sedona EX V6 from North America


Don't be suckered in by the low price, features, and warranty--it is unreliable junk!


Driving off the lot, the A/C recycle light didn't work correctly. (wouldn't stay lit and never has worked right)

When we got home, the home link system wouldn't work and never has after three months any many attempts to program it.

Minor issues such as shoddy interior parts (minor problems). Overall, I expected that because it was a cheap car.

The brakes started making a "pop" sound around 3,000 miles when we slow to a crawl. It sounds like we're being rear-ended by a bicycle. Dealership said they can't reproduce the problem or find any issues. They are not very willing to help or fix problems.

Finally, last week at 4000 miles, it wouldn't start. It was not a battery problem--the horn would blow, lights and stereo would come on, but it didn't even make a noise when you'd turn the key all the way. We were lucky this happened in our driveway. So much for reliability. We had it towed to the dealership and they said it started when it got there and that they couldn't find anything wrong.

General Comments:

We've always stuck with Toyota in the past because they are excellent for reliability. But we needed a minivan and didn't want to spend 30k on a Toyota minivan.

Buying the Kia was a big mistake. It is a piece of junk.

I'm going to take the initial depreciation loss (after three months of owning) and dump it as soon as I pick it up from the shop.

I'm going to buy a Toyota Highlander. Whatever you do, please don't make the costly mistake I did. Spend a few extra grand and get a car made anywhere besides Korea and by anyone, but Kia.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th November, 2002

2002 Kia Sedona LX 2.9 TD from UK and Ireland


This is a very reliable and comfortable big MPV


I have not had a single fault with this vehicle.

General Comments:

This car has averaged 30 mpg since new.

The automatic gearbox is excellent and changes gear at the appropriate time,it also has a Hold button for descending steep inclines in snow or ice.

The seats complete with arm rest are very comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th November, 2002

8th Feb 2003, 12:20

I own a 2002 KIA which only get on average 13 miles to the gallon. I'm puzzled at your claim of 30 miles per gallon.


28th Feb 2003, 12:49

In all due respect, I have read every piece of documentation about the Sedona on the WWW, and own a 2002 EX as well. There is no way on God's green earth that you get 30 MPG unless you changed out the engine.

1st Mar 2003, 12:59

I expect it is a Diesel version, not the perol versions you have in the US!

24th Mar 2003, 11:27

90% of Sedona's sold in the UK have a 2.9 litre diesel engine - a lot slower than US version, but far more economical.

16th Jun 2003, 14:22

Us poor old "Brits" have to run the diesel version... as we pay through the nose for our petrol... well after all it is RIP OFF BRITAIN!!

2002 Kia Sedona EX V6 from North America


The engine blew at 3000 miles. the dealership has the opportunity to fix it. Since returning it to me, a month later, its been back twice in a week. The speedometer will not function properly.

I have now read several complaints about these cars, and heard a lot of stories from dealerships.

These vehicles are like Russian roulette, you never know if you'll dodge the bullet. It appears I have not.

Please buyer beware of this cheap excuse of affordability. Can you afford to be without your vehicle for over a month, stuck in some stinky loaner car?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd October, 2002