30th Oct 2005, 15:23
WOW!! You haven't lost any real money.. Kudos for you. However for the majority of Sedona owners we have lost money and not play money either. Any time I take my van to the dealership I have to rent a car...why...because it takes at least 2 days to fix any problem of significance. Then, of course, I usually end up battling the service manager over what should be covered under warranty, but is not due to petty reasons. And then guess what I even have to spend more real money! The problems we have had with our van are way too numerous to list however I will assure you that they were not minor fixes. Please remember just because your van has not given you any problems...YET...does not give you in any way the right to minimize others who have had very real problems!!! Oh by the way I don't know where the money issue comes into play, but my family makes big bucks as well. We still expect quality when promised!
30th Dec 2005, 10:11
We bought our 2002 Sedona new thinking that we were getting a great value. We purchased the extended warranty as extra protection. Since the week after we drove it off the lot, it has been nothing, but a nightmare. I need to say that we were warned by others, but we did not listen. We are now having transmission problems at 54,600 miles. The van won't go in reverse up an kind of incline, but will go in reverse fine on a flat road. Our Lawrence MA dealer said that Kia denied our claim to fix it and they want $1995.99 to replace the tranny. The van has lousy trade in value and we are now pondering our options. Maybe if enough unsatisfied customers filed complaints we would get results. By the way we were also warned that KIA didn't stand behind their warranties.
21st Jan 2006, 14:58
My family has an 02 Sedona with a little over 50,000 miles on it and the only minor problems we have had on it have been covered under warranty. Maybe we just got lucky.
4th Mar 2006, 17:24
If I were you, I'd be buying lottery tickets. Obviously, you've been blessed by the "Car Gods" or you must live right. Good Luck with your Sedona, maybe you got a good one.
21st Apr 2006, 00:14
We too, are also owners of a 2002 Kia Sedona and are surprised by the number of negative comments as we love our van. We bought it used just over a year ago and besides it serving the daily driving needs well, we have also enjoyed it on 2 longer road trips. We feel that we got quite a lot of vehicle for the price and there's till another year of warranty left. I'm guessing that there are many more happy Kia owners out there that haven't posted; the urge to post a complaint is usually much stronger than being compelled to post a commendation.
18th Jul 2006, 15:28
I have a 2002 Kia Sedona and it has been in and out of the repair shop since 5 weeks after we bought it. That's right; I had not even made my first payment when the problems began. I wish they were little things, and yes they have all been covered under warranty. Unfortunately warranty repairs don't mean a lot when your car breaks down in the middle of the free way going 35 miles per hour. These types of breakdowns are especially scary when I am carrying my four children in the car. We have had transmission problems, fuel line problems, sensor problems and most recently the vehicle accelerated for no reason while approaching an intersection. When the brake was used the car continued to accelerate. The dealer cannot replicate the problem so there is no real fix for it. I now rent a car whenever I drive long distances because I am scared it will break down and leave me and my kids stranded in the middle of nowhere. I have heard great things about the new Sedona's, but the 2002's are full of problems!
7th Jun 2007, 14:28
We bought our 2002 Sedona new, and it has been the best vehicle we've ever owned. Our three previous vehicles were all Chrysler minivans, and none of them held up as well as our Sedona. We're at 102,000 km now, without a single major repair.
The dealer (in Kamloops, BC, Canada) has been a pleasure to deal with.
My only beef with the Sedona is the poor gas mileage (~25 mpg) due to its weight, but that weight has made it a very solid drive in snowy conditions.
18th Jun 2007, 08:26
We have had our Sedona for 5 1/2 years now. We bought it new and it now has 100,700 miles. We have enjoyed the van for the most part. We lived in Utah and it handled nicely in the mountains. We liked the power of the vehicle, but I would have to agree that it has been in the shop a lot. Most of which we had to pay for and figure out a way to get it to the dealership some 60 miles away. We took it in for the 60,000 mile check up and they said that our timing belt was going out, and since it had not gone out completely it cost us $1,000. I just do not feel that we have gotten a fair shake from the Kia repair departments. Many of the things we have had to pay for looked as if they should have been covered under the 60,000 and 100,000 mile warranties. Another problem is if you need to have something fixed you can't find after market parts, you have to order from Kia and the parts are expensive.
18th Jun 2007, 21:39
We bought a 2006 model Sedona and it's been a very nice van so far. Have put on about 40k miles so far and it has only had minor problems that any other brand vehicle would have.
As far as features go it's pretty spartan, but we like that fact, it has what we need to haul the kids around and be comfortable on vacations.
Our only complaint is the gas mileage - we're lucky to get 22 mpg. But we knew that when we bought it.
4th Sep 2007, 09:39
We bought a used 2002 Sedona in late 05 we traded it in on a 02 Olds Silhouette after spending a fortune on replacing the alternator (2 times), the a/c compressor (2 times) and having a problem with the transmission downshifting from 5th to 3rd at highway speeds. 2 dealers, a Mr Transmission and a local trans shop all tried to sell us a new trans... the local pontiac dealership foun d the vehicle speed output sensor was bad.. part $195 labor to replace $15!! KIA quoted $95 labor to replace it!! I will admit the KIA was very comfortable and very confident on the road (especially in the rain) however the Olds beats it hands down... better gas mileage, better performance and much cheaper to repair. I will never own another KIA.