WE purchased a 2002 Kia EX in 4/02. AT 24,800 miles the engine has seized even though oil still registers on the dip stick. We have had the engine oil changed regularly and within the manufactures guidelines. Service personnel at our Kia dealership cannot explain this and have said they have never heard of this. We are now waiting to hear back from Kia if they are going to honor the 10/100,000 mile warranty.
I also have an 04 sedona and the growling sound is from the rear air. They replaced the expansion valve with a new one and it stopped for a while. Now they said that there is a new better one that will take care of it. I am having it put in next week. Will let you know.
I have owned my 2005 Kia Sedona for one month and I am having the alternator repaired in 2 days. So far I am not impressed!!!
I replaced the alternator in my 2002 Sedona at 102K, just out of warranty. The dealership wanted $1,100 to replace it. Its been over a month now and I still haven't been able to walk upright.
The vehicle still made it to 102K before the alternator went out. I have had vehicles where the alternator went out at 40K. Consider yourself lucky.
Maybe you only got 40k, but it probably didn't cost you $1,100 to replace them.
Your poor mileage could be a result of your brakes. If you're a two footed driver then perhaps you're riding the brakes. If not, then I would suggest you request that your dealer's service department check to see if the calipers or hydraulic system are faulty and subsequently applying constant force to the pads. You could also check to see if your emergency brake is functioning properly.
We have an 05' Sedona that had brakes and rotors go early. (30K) Kia said to wait, till I requested them to sign a form stating that THEY KNEW about the warped rotors and refused to replace them under warranty; they replaced them. The clicking in the front end on our unit was due to CV joints and axel bearings. Each time we take the car in we have to "leave it". These dealers don't have ANY spare parts. The van is nice, and the price was right, but 10 "overnight" visits and 3 multiple-day visits is too much. The lousy mileage averages about 15 around town and about 20 on the Freeway. Too bad Kia has so much technical baggage, the basic vehicle is not bad.
I have a 2004 Sedona and have now been in the shop aprox. 16 times. Noises from the rear that it took 8 times to repair (even though on the first and every visit I told him what the problem was). I have stalled in intersections and have so many problems with the brakes: shaking, and mushy. My husband likes the warranty, but 11-13 MPGs along with other problems hardly seem worth it.
I too, just bought a 2004 sedona, and I am having to restart the thing at every stop light it seems, my a/c does not work on very hot days. and my wind sheild was cracked On the inside. but the dealer fixed it at no charge, because it was already cracked when I purchased it. weird? on the inside. but needless to say, it also idles very low, and shakes, so I will be taking it in, and hopefully they do something about it. but I would say if you are thinking about getting this. think twice. and save yourself from the stress, time, and money.
I would recommend that you think twice before you sign that Kia contract. I guess that there are a lot of different things that attracts depending on the buyer.
Low price? Check the on road price incl extras and you'll see that this car is not especially inexpensive. Especially the loaded models of the Sedona where the base price is really hiked.
Good warranties? Well that's if you are able to use them. Check what the warranties covers and what is not covered. You may get burnt.
Dealers are good? Nope they are not. If you at all are able to locate one you can be sure that you'll spend a lot of time arguing with them.
Serviceability is good? These cars have short tune up intervals and tune ups are expensive. Spare parts are expensive and dealers will have no spare parts available except the most essential. So they have to order the part and that means that you are out of a car. The dealer will not provide you with a loaner and if he does it'll cost you.
Quality is good? Nope it's among the worst in industry and customer satisfaction is among the lowest among car manufacturers. Check for yourself.
Resale price is good? Nope no van in the market has higher deprecation. Trade in value for these cars are really bad.
Still want to buy that Sedona?
BTW some people deserve to get trapped with this kind of crap cars. If they can save $2000 on the initial price they'll willing to do anything. These people have no clue about life cycle costs of cars.
We bought a 2003 Kia Sedona brand new, and after the first month the interior light bulbs blew. So we replaced them only to have one side work again.
Shortly after that the transmission began to snatch and jerk. We took it to dealership where they wanted to charge us to change the fluid, even though the transmission is covered under the warranty. While in the shop they replaced some kind of throttle cable.
I can't tell you how many sets of tires we have put on it.
We replaced the rotors once and they need to be replaced again.
We also replaced the starter and A/C compressor, in which neither work very well.
We replaced the brake pads several times. We also had it aligned twice to see if that was the problem with it using so many tires.
The driver side seat adjustments work when they want to.
We replaced the wheel bearings in the rear after having the rear tire come off going down the road at 60 mph.
We just had tires put on it to discover that the left front wheel bearing is about to fall out. We called the dealership to get a price on the bearing when they gave me a price on the bearing, the hub and the seal. Seems to me they already knew it was an on going problem.
We were driving down the road when the engine began to tick. We had it checked out to find out that the strainer in the oil pan strainer was stopped up and had be to replaced.
Did we mention the struts are also worn out.
Oh, I almost forgot, the two middle seat belts have both broken and we tried to get them from the dealership, they said they would have to order them. Never heard of the dealership having to order such simple parts as those!
The interior on the seats really wore out quick, and the seats have little small fur looking balls covering the entire seat.
For the time and money we've spent replacing parts, we could have bought another vehicle.
Let us say most of these problems occurred before 40,000 miles. We have considered trading it in, but the value of the vehicle was so low that we owed more than it's worth.
We have a 94 F-150 which has 300,000 miles on it and we have never replaced nowhere near that many parts.
We will never buy another Kia, and don't think we would have one if someone gave us one. We don't recommend buying a Kia of any kind.
We understand now why they have such a so called good warranty, because they have to keep replacing parts if they can get them.
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