I also bought a 2002 KIA Sedona LX. I thought it was a good deal for the money, but last week it slipped out of park with no one in the driver's seat and rolled into a utility pole. Once it has the $5,000 worth of repairs done to the back end, my insurance company is going to have a forensic team investigate the transmission for mechanical failure.
Be forewarned... If anyone else has had other transmission problems please post another message. My van only had 8400 miles on it.
We also purchased a 2002 Kia Sedona in October. From the very beginning the transmission slipped and banged into gear. At first I thought we just had to warm the car up well before driving, although I can't really see why a brand new out of the showroom vehicle would need to sit for 15 minutes to warm up first. The tranmission problems persisted and grew worse. While driving the vehicle the car would buck and slip out of gear. We do a lot of driving and now at one year the van has 30,000 miles on it. Kia is stating that there is sludge in the engine and because the oil wasn't changed enough and there is nothing wrong with the tranmission. Needles to say, they will not honor the warranty.
2002 KIA SEDONA- Vehicle has 62000 miles on it. I have had 4 brake jobs on front and replaced drums and pads on the back brakes The most recent has been two weeks ago. I have taken it to the dealer (twice) and 2nd hand mechanic, both could not fix the constant squeaking on the rear. Blame it on dust.
Very disappointed. Nice car other wise.
2002 KIA SEDONA EX, major problem, don't buy.
Along with usual rust spots, brake problems, alternator, blown headlight bulbs, warped rotors, suspension problem, the crankcase broke in two at 113,000km.
Kia Canada rep said it's outside of the warranty so nothing to discuss. Consumer is now responsible for replacing engine 4-5 grand. What's next, the resale value is no good, stuck with a rusting body. Thanks Kia for under 4 years of pure driving hell I will never buy another KIA product, nor will I recommend anyone to even consider purchasing a KIA.
The warranty sounds good, but who has time for repeated visits to the local dealership for all these repairs, even if its covered under warranty.
Well all you Sedona owners, I hope you don't pass your warranty period as the engine seems to have major manufacturing defects.
All services were done on my van according to Kia service guidelines, and were also done by the dealership. I purchased from new, original owner, so I did take care by proper maintennance. It wasn't cheap - 32,000cdn.