Our 2002 Sedona was bought brand spanking new off the lot.
Little plastic pieces would break from time to time, but right after 36K miles, it really started falling apart.
An alternator was needed (out of warranty - not covered).
By 50K the brake problems began, and it took a front wheel hub. ($800 out of warranty - not covered).
Around 60K miles the rear heater pipes were rusted so badly they fell off the car. The front A/C pipe corroded through as well. Now we have no heat and no A/C.
By 70K miles, the engine started acting up, it was a cam sensor ($1000 out of warranty - not covered). Every time we went to the dealer for warranty it was denied.
Now the van is having trouble shifting. We don't even have 100K miles on it, but I am positive the shysters at the Kia dealer will deny this warranty issue as well. Not to mention the headlights that blow out in pairs every 2 months, the low fuel light that never goes out, the mysterious dash lights that flash on and off while driving but can never be duplicated at the dealership.
This was our first foreign car, and will be our last. Next time I'm buying American.
I have a 2002 Kia Sedona EX. It has performed greatly since I bought it new in 2002. My only complaint is the poor gas mileage. EPA estimate is 15 city / 20 hwy. Mine averaged 11-15 mpg. Aside from that issue, it's been great!
ALL VEHICLES BREAK!!! But the KIA's don't have a nationwide problem of paint chipping or rusting for no reason. I don't think they're "famous" for any other particular problem...
Sorry, but the previous generation of Sedonas were really, really bad. They have engines with severe head and head gasket problems. Fit and finish is also bad, and you may experience that parts of the interior and the exterior are falling off.
My mother had 3 major engine repairs before 100K miles, and the trans blew at just past 100K. Besides engine and trans problems, she had a dozen of smaller issues, including an aircon that never actually worked, and that made a squeaking sound, even from brand new. That car was a true nightmare and was sold for $500 last year. Sedona: 8 years of pain and trouble.
Yep, ours just hit 60k and is falling apart now. Heat lines rusted out, overheating problems now, rear wheel bearing out, electrical issues, headlights blowing all the time, DVD quit working, check engine light on all the time now, and of course everything fell out of warranty at 60k, other than the drive train. Always bought Toyota's in the past; going back as they last forever.