2002 Kia Sedona Reviews - Page 6 of 26

2002 Kia Sedona EX V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Distance when acquired28 miles
Most recent distance114562 miles
Previous carDodge Intrepid

Summary:

Wish for better gas mileage (22 highway) otherwise love it!

Faults:

What a great car. It was bulletproof, until last year when it developed a rattle in the front end. It went three times to the shop, and never was fixed. I was told that "engineering" is working on it.

At 114,000, it developed a grinding noise in the front end. I am not sure what that is.

Otherwise, I changed the oil and bought tires. Will buy another one.

General Comments:

Lots of options for a little money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2008

2002 Kia Sedona from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

This car is anything, but a good bargain!

Faults:

Headlight bulbs burn out every several months.

The outside handles on both sliding doors have broken off in our hands. Both have been fixed by a body shop.

The windshield wipers are broken. They are "stuck" and will not move when we try to turn them on.

The tires wear out frequently because of the weight of the vehicle.

Mechanics other than the dealerships don't know how to fix the car.

The check engine light came on and had to be fixed.

The car broke down and left me stranded in line at the bank. We replaced the battery and it died very shortly after that. It turned out to be an alternator problem. This was very expensive to fix.

The regular recommended services are very expensive.

General Comments:

This car is a "money pit." The cost of ownership is extremely high. Every time we think that we have caught up and have repaired everything, something else goes wrong.

The warranty does not seem to cover anything that has happened to the car.

I do not recommend this car to anyone! I will never buy another Kia product!

I cannot wait to pay this one off and get rid of it. However, I have spent so much money on this car that I will need to keep it for a while so that I can afford to make a better decision next time.

For the amount of money I have spent on this car, I could be driving something much nicer!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st February, 2008

11th Oct 2009, 13:39

I have an 02 Sedona as well. There has been a few things that were repaired under warranty. I am having overheating problems, and replaced the thermostat. Still overheating. Last night I blew a hole in the rear heat lines. I now have to replace at least the rear lines if not the middle also. I will figure it out myself (since there is no warranty left on that). Good luck with yours.

2002 Kia Sedona LX 3.4 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

Great warranty... too many problems in general though

Faults:

I changed my own alternator in this little beastie...

I paid something like $120.00 or something for the part, and although the actual job was hellish, I probably saved myself $300.00 in labor charges.

Also, the coolant lines going to the rear heater, which will corrode, can be replaced for $1.00/foot rubber line!!

Not the 500.00 they'll ask for new metal lines.

Cheers!

Rich.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th December, 2007

12th Dec 2007, 01:55

Use generic copper lines, which are better and more durable. I went to a plumbing company that bent and cut the copper lines exactly to match based on the rusted ones - I fitted them myself. I live in Europe and they (Kia dealership) wanted equal to 1200 USD for the job incl parts and coolant flush. "My solution" cost less than 80 USD, and the copper lines will last forever.

2002 Kia Sedona LX from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired300 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

Don't get one

Faults:

The "removable" seats are nearly impossible for one person to put in and out without a lot of cussing, swearing, and pulled muscles. (I used to own a Lumina mini-van and could do this with one hand on that van.) The air conditioner has been replaced 4 times. The back of the car has been rusting out by the license plate since the 2nd year I owned it. I just had to spend almost $700 replacing the heater pipes due to corrosion. All of the electrical has gone out (radio, airbag, cd player, cigarette lighter) and the dealer told me it would be $135 an hour to check (I already tested all the fuses.) Transmission will get tempermental when the weather dips below 20 degrees (dealership repeatedly denied there was a problem. I had the car towed 3 times over this issue.) Horrible gas mileage.

General Comments:

Car has good pick-up. That is about the only thing I ever liked about it. I have been to 3 different dealerships for this car. (They all closed. Once one closed, I didn't know it, and had the car towed there during a snowstorm!)

NO more KIAs for me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th December, 2007

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 87 reviews