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Kia Sedona, Van
Mar 23, 2004 (7:00 pm)
No. Still awaiting first contact. It has only been 20 days and they have 30 days by law. Usually they will offer tech support and $2-3K, then two weeks later, they offer the buy-back option I am waiting for. My lemon law lawyer said Kia is really good about buy-backs as long as it is legitimate. I have only once brought it in where I could not replicate the problem. Brought it in the second time and boom... Fixed. Still having problems after the third transmission. Getting a "hang-shift" between 1st and 2nd. My wife said it slipped on her today at take-off. And an occasional chatter between 4th and 5th. Might be the torque converter, which is like a centrifugal force clutch, and not the gearing. We will see. For those looking on this site for the first time, I have a first-production run 2002 Kia Sedona EX. All of the problems I am having have been addressed in the 2003 and newer. Everyone I know with one loves them and has had no problems. I just got a lemon. The warranty is outstanding and their way of doing business is replace the part, which is greatly. They don't put a "band-aid on a broken arm" like some other manufacturers do. They are good vehicles feature for feature, just keep your repair orders if you have problems. Good luck and I will keep you posted.
Mar 24, 2004 (5:22 am)
Congrats on keeping a winning attitude. Have seen a lot of posts condeming the whole product line for one lemon vehicle.
Hope this gets resolved quickly in your favor.
#3876 of 4592 Rust go round - volume 2/DVD
Mar 24, 2004 (5:52 am)
It has been awhile since I've been on with you - just busy. I am going into round two of rust on my Sedona. The fix that was done last year to repaint the door was just a band-aid - for it is rusting in the same exact same places - around the chrome bar on the rear hatch (both right and left sides) and right underneath where the lights for the license plate are. I am very disappointed with this rust problem.
Apart from that I am very pleased with this van - it runs extremely well and is very smooth. I must admit, though, I am not excited about these higher gas prices with the way the Sedona eats gas.
DVD - I am just using my laptop computer and plugging in some external speakers. It should work well.
Mar 24, 2004 (3:32 pm)
Thanks for the kind words. No need bashing a perfectly good minivan like the Sedona as a whole. Every manufacturer has a bad apple now and then, just check any board on this site. Look how many Sedonas are on the road versus how many are bad. You will be surprised. One good thing about Kia historically, according to my lemon law lawyer, is that they take responsibility for their vehicles and buy them back when proven it is a bad vehicle. They do take care of their customers (as evidenced by their latest offer). No complaints there. The only person I can really blame is myself for not being patient enough to wait for the later run. Overall, I still do love the Sedona, and will miss it when it is gone. It is very quick for a minivan, it tows great, accomodates the kids great, handles really good (except for u-turns, the turning radius leaves something to be desired), is very well appointeed with features, and rides really smooth and quiet (I have the EX). But it is time for me to move on. And again, I RECOMMEND IT.
#3878 of 4592 Kia Sedone, Serpentine belt, low miles?
Mar 26, 2004 (3:37 pm)
We have an 02 Sedona with 27,000 miles. Started hearing a very loud squell (sp?). Took it to the dealer, of course they couldn't hear it. Took it back several days later and they diagnosed a serpentine belt problem. We were told it has to be replaced and is NOT covered under warranty. It will cost 100.00 to replace.
Has anyone experienced the same problem at such low miles? Did it cost as much as we were quoted or did you get it covered under warranty?
Mar 28, 2004 (11:50 am)
Not sure about Sedona, as our 2002 EX has made no strange engine noises so far through 33,000 miles. But on most vehicles, serpentine belt does not last forever and needs occasional replacement. As such, it would be considered a 'wear item' along with other things such as brake pads, oil, air filter, etc. 27k miles sounds early to need replacement. You might ask the dealer if the belt actually is visibly worn, or if they just think it needs replacement based on the noise. Our other vehicle is a 1998 Isuzu Trooper with 101k miles. We've replaced the serpentine belt only once - around 70k miles. Repair costs vary by brand, model, and dealer/shop, but $100 sounds too high. Serpentine belt is usually a very quick job. Many handy folks (not me!) do this one themselves. You might ask your dealer if it takes longer on Sedona due to the engine design (belt hard to access, etc.), or the part is just expensive for the dealer to buy from Kia, etc.
Check your owners manual for the recommended change interval. I haven't done that.
Mar 29, 2004 (1:43 pm)
Oh boy, another long wheel base minivan that won't fit in my garage <g>. At least the SWB one will be available (maybe....).
Might be a good one to post over in Kia Owners: Future Models too.
Mar 29, 2004 (5:16 pm)
I could definitely see flipping an 02 for an 06. Will be interesting to watch.
Mar 30, 2004 (7:14 pm)
How far Kia has come - people are actually snapping, and respectable sources discussing, spy shots of Kias! Amazing. I'm sure this news doesn't exactly leave Honda and Toyota shaking in their boots, but offering long- and short-wheelbase options would allow Kia a shot at grabbing more minivan market share with Sedona.