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Kia Sedona, Van
#3886 of 4592 alamid and navyair
Mar 31, 2004 (5:46 pm)
Well, Kia has done it! They proved me right by proving that they are a stand-up company. They are taking responsibility for the vehicle and buying it back. I will know the amount of the settlement tomorrow, but please do not ask how much as I prefer to keep that to myself. I am ordering a different vehicle to replace it, but again, I want you all to know that I still endorse the Kia Sedona, 2003 and newer. It is just time for me to move on. Wish me luck.
Mar 31, 2004 (6:54 pm)
While I have no idea what the answer may be, and I certainly would not want to gloss over the unfortunate circumstances that created this result, but how many other forums have a post like that?
Apr 01, 2004 (9:22 am)
Good for you. Goodluck on your next car.
Apr 01, 2004 (9:50 am)
What do you mean? That good of a post? Or that bad of a post? I think I am being more than fair towards Kia. I love the Sedona in general, just got a bad apple. If you care, go over to the Sedona Probelms board and read what has gone wrong with it. Keep in mind that I posted those a while ago. Since then, I got another transmission put in and it is back with shift-point problems again. I think they are frustrated with it as well. AND STILL... ... I recommend the vehicle because I have spoken to countless people who have not had a WINK of problems with theirs.
Apr 01, 2004 (9:53 am)
Thanks for the kind words. I am probably going to order an 04 Durango between today and this weekend. I will make sure I get a second production run by custom ordering it. I learned my lesson the last time! But the Durango board is quiet on problems for the Hemi and loud on compliments. Good luck with your Sedona, I hope it treats you well.
Apr 01, 2004 (10:38 am)
Best of luck with the Durango. Nice looking vehicle. I've owned a couple of Chrysler products and am getting a used Cirrus for a commuter car in the Twin Cities. (Low mileage in-law vehicle). Chryslers usually have pretty good engines, but the trim starts going about year 3-4...chrome pops loose, rub strips come unglued, etc.
I'm surprised you didn't go with an 04 Sedona, since the company stood behind it. I'm pretty sure Mercedes/Chrysler wouldn't go the extra mile...at least they didn't on my truck.
BTW, I read Hoya's comments as a complement to you and the willingness of the company to buy the car back...hence his comment on where else would you read that?
All the best.
Apr 01, 2004 (6:03 pm)
I just turned 35k on my 02, and still haven't had any trouble. I change the oil and filter every 4k, and that's all that's been done to it. I average around 23 to 24 on trips. The only thing I miss, (first van) is a trunk.
Apr 02, 2004 (1:01 pm)
"I'm surprised you didn't go with an 04 Sedona, since the company stood behind it."
In many ways, so am I. It is a great vehicle, the company was great and I will still continue to endorse the vehicle, but I am now going to go ahead and get a stronger vehicle with 4-wheel drive and more towing capacity. That is why I chose the Durango. Of course I know I will be giving up ride quality moving from a Sedona to a Durango, but a front-wheel drive vehicle will never exceed 3500 lbs because of the extra tongue weight reducing front wheel traction and stressing the short shafts and differentials driving the front wheels. I wish the Sorrento had a little more oomph, as I like it very much, but it is essentially the same drivetrain as the Sedona and not rated much higher. I wish Kia (or Hyundai) made something stronger as I am pleased with both companies. My wife and I have wanted a travel trailer for a couple of years now. We had just started to try to sell my car in order to buy a truck a couple of days before the last rash of problems because it is worth more than I owe. We were planning on keeping the van over the car because it is three years newer and thus, has a longer warranty. Also, the kids like it much better. With the last rash of problems, however, plans changed. Once we filed the lemon law suit, we decided to keep the car as a "buzz-around-town" car and possibly my son's first car next year and get the Durango instead of a truck for the passenger room for trips and towing. That's my reasoning, that's what I decided on, and that's what I will have to live with. The kids are a little bummed and will miss the Sedona's captain's chairs, but they like the Durango too. It is not nearly as roomy or comfortable as the Sedona with Captain's chairs and three adjustable rows of seating, but they are ready for the change and will live with it. Comparing a minivan to an SUV is like apples and oranges, but we found that the Durango has the best ride of the SUVs (closest to a minivan), so the kids will be happy with it and my wife should adapt to it quite nicely. Hope this answers your question.
Apr 02, 2004 (1:02 pm)
I hear of endless people like you who have not had any problems. I am really glad to hear it. I, too, took good care of mine, but hey, what can you do? Keep taking care of it and it will keep taking care of you!
Apr 02, 2004 (4:03 pm)
Navyair grasped the intent of my comment. Thanks.