2003 Kia Sedona EX 3.5L from North America
As long as it stays reliable, we love it
Nothing yet, only had a few days.
I bought the 2003 Sedona EX for ease of entry (hip replacement) and for my wife to use after I am healed. Only had it a few days and 200 miles on it, so I cannot offer long term satisfaction and reliability yet, will review again in a few months.
We looked at Ford Wind star, and have not heard anything good about them, then the Dodge Grand Caravan and Caravan Sport (most popular), drove both Caravans and the KIA, and hands down, the KIA won. It may not be as quiet as the Dodge, however, it is quiet with some wind noise above 70 MPH, but not obtrusive, and I believe more comfortable.
The ride is smooth and minimizes road bumps, acceleration, engine, and transmission are great so far. The standard features of the EX are just what we all wanted. Front seats are fairly comfortable and the kids appear content in the rear seats. Interior fit and trim are very good!
Driving on the expressway has some very slight wander, but steering is very tight, I better than the car we replaced or the Dodge 1500 we own as well.
Overall, so far it is great, but until some time has passed and mileage has been put on, overall satisfaction cannot be properly determined.
I read hundreds of reviews and ratings on the Windstar, Sedona, and Caravans, and yes, people have reported problems with the KIA's, but look at the others as well, KIA appears to be rated by the owners, you and me, to be an excellent vehicle overall. I should also state that the EX was about the same price as the Grand Caravan Sport comparably equipped, within about $1200 of each other, so cost was a minimal issue. Unless you add $1500+ for an extended warranty on the Dodge that still does not match the KIA warranty.
I have no regrets as of yet and only time will tell.
Would be nice if ABS was standard, and mileage was better, but just do your homework before you buy any vehicle so you don't end up with surprises.
We like it so far!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th October, 2003
6th Sep 2005, 18:12
Well now that you've owned your Sedona for a couple of years, what do you think of it now? I'm curious to see if you would buy another.
8th Sep 2006, 12:13
Have 62,00 miles on 2003 Sedona bought new, fell a part after 50,000 dealer unwilling to fix check engine light problem. They just turn off light with test equipment and blame any other place it has been serviced. Gas cap has been replaced twice, and check engine light comes on when nobody has touched it since dealer put it on. One dealer admitted they had not idea what some of the problems were. Very poor dealer attitudes on service, waiting to see if receive response to online communication with KIA corporate, did not return voice mails left for them. Next week taking to third dealer, then retaining an attorney, this will be 8th time for same problem. Dealers dishonest have to stand over them to be sure they place the reason brought in on ticket as they know they are liable for lemon law.