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Jul 04, 2009 (5:39 pm)
Ok, so here it goes.....
We have a 2005 Kia Sedona LX, all silver, no options. We bought it used in 2006 for $9k with only 26k miles on it. The van is ok, but definitely not the best. Over the 3 years of ownership, we have had to have the rear trunk handle replaced (under warranty) and had an issue with the power steering (a pipe to the power steering busted and spray power steering fluid everywhere), That was also covered under the extended warranty that we have, and we paid only $128 to have the pipe replaced and the power steering fluid replaced. Our MPG is roughly 14-18, and we expected a little more out if it. The van is underpowered for the weight of the van, as we have to have the RPM pretty high up to get onto expressway ramps. We have had a mysterious crack in the windshield that occurred overnight, that the dealership claimed was from a stone hitting it, but I do not think it was from a stone as the crack would not have suddenly occurred overnight and the crack is right at the passengers side windshield wiper. We are on our 3rd set of front tires, and 2nd set of front breaks, which is not bad, since we are on the 65k mile mark now. I do think that 3 sets of front tires is a bit much though. Our rear tires have never been replaced and have flat spots on them due to not being rotated, but we have winter tires on the front, and need them to stay up there. The van has a wierd knock in the front end when it starts up and the engine is cold, it sounds like a engine mount is loose, it may be an exhaust hanger too, as the sound followed to the rear driver's side, but I have no clue where the exhaust is located on this vehicle. We had a 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport before the Sedona, and our Trans Sport is dearly missed, but with a blown engine, we decided to get a newer van. We have 6 in our family, so we need all seats at all times, so grocery shopping is a little rough for us at the moment. We are looking into getting a luggage carrier for the top of the van. We want to get a railer hitch and a little trailer, but the wife says that she doesn't want me to do that, since turning on the van is really wide. Rear brakes make a wierd noise when coming to a stop or stopping at low speeds (its a humming noise and vibrates). They have made this noise since ownership and the pads on the back are still good. The plastic in this van seems to be very very cheap, as it marks up very easily. We have had the battery die on us 4 times, luckily not out anywhere, just at home in the driveway. The trunk needs to be slammed to be closed, which has me wondering why Kia did not use better materials on the trunk assembly. We are talking about trading our Kia in to get another van (something a little bigger and better quality) but the income situation is bad at the moment (not going into that story). We also have an issue with the paint coming off of the wheel covers, and do not know why it is doing it. Van is also starting to rust UNDER the paint right behind the grill on the hood. Makes us wonder how long until we need to go get a paint job done to this van. I do think Kia has become better quality wise ( look at the new kia soul, the forte, and the new optima) they are decent quality. I test drove a Borrego last year, and I could not believe the difference from the Sedona to the Borrego quality wise on the interior. It was like comparing a Lexus to a Saturn!!! Again, it is a ok minivan for the price, but it is not the van we thought it was going to be.
#4558 of 4589 Re: 2002 Kia Sedona Stalling Problem [jmlinvb]
Jul 21, 2009 (3:00 pm)
I am having the same problem with no help from anybody. I was wondering if you new exactly what they did or if not do you have a contact name and number for the service tech that fixed your problem and I will call them myself.
#4559 of 4589 Re: 2002 Kia Sedona Stalling Problem [kia02]
Jul 21, 2009 (6:27 pm)
Kia02 - I have had a similar problem with our 02 Sedona with hesistation but it would never stall and cut off. It seemed to be worse during VA winters which aren't very cold, but helped by installing new plugs, wires, fuel filter, and air filter. Also there is a TSB of KT2005022369 that I had the dealer apply to the computer and haven't have any problems since the tune up and computer re-program for ECM. The subject is Sedona ECM reprogramming (Engine -005) which applies for EN500-poor engine power/acceleration; EN2000- Idle irregularity; EN4000-Engine stalls.
Some Sedona vans built prior to 11/19/01 may exhibit a hesitation on cold drive-away. Check the sticker in the door jam on the driver side to find the build date. Information can be found at www.kiatechinfo.com
#4560 of 4589 2004 Sedona AC noise
Jul 21, 2009 (7:03 pm)
I have 04 Sedona that has been producing a noise when the AC is running. It ranges from a moan/groan to motorcycle racing up from behind me. The noise seems to have been more persistent in recent days, now that the temps are up and we've been using the AC more often. I've seen other posts saying it is the air compressor expansion valve or a bracket that holds the compressor that is causing vibration. As my Sedona has 69,000 miles on it, the warranty has expired. So I need to know if this noise is an annoyance or a precursor to the AC unit failing. Simple solution is to turn off the AC and the noise goes away. But as we are planning a trip through central California, turning the AC off won't be much of an option. Any thought?
Jul 22, 2009 (7:15 am)
The rear expansion valve is making the moan!
#4562 of 4589 A/c on Kia Sedona 2004
Jul 22, 2009 (8:04 am)
HI.. my a/c just went out. Spent $160. at first place, and it was blowing nothing but hot air. Next stop was $1000. and now the a/c works sometimes. It used to blow cold on setting number 2, and now I have to run it at setting #4 to get the same flow... it is so noisy we can't visit or hear radio. WE also had that motorcycle sound in the beginning and got that fixed under warranty. They knew exactly what we were talking about on that repair. Car has 117K miles on it now. Had much trouble with brake pedal pulsating. That took 3 times to get repaired and they claimed it was a $1200. part to repair it finally. Also, since the a/c repair, the car seems to not have any power when I put the gas pedal down. Don't know if it's connected or not. Car has to go back in to get the a/c issues resolved. OTHER than that, keeping the car is easier than buying another car. Good luck.
Aug 08, 2009 (11:40 am)
New to this forum, as I have just inherited an '02 w/109K from my brother. I haven't reviewed these pages to see if there is feedback on the several 'little' problems the van is experiencing, including the SRS warning light being on all the time.
What I need right now is upholstery and padding replacement for the driver's seat, which has the 8-way electric adjustment. Anybody out there got suggestions?
#4564 of 4589 Re: 2002 Sedona upholstery [mikie_likes_it]
Aug 08, 2009 (12:27 pm)
Mike - welcome to the forum. It was found in the earlier model Sedonas that the switch in the seat belt buckle was the culpret in triggering the SRS airbag light. Seems the passenger seat belt buckle is usually the prblem, but have the codes scanned to be sure. This was the case in my 02 Sedona.
#4566 of 4589 Re: CHANGING SPARK PLUGS ON 2005 KIA SEDONA [bhamsoxfan]
Aug 09, 2009 (3:40 pm)
Does anyone know how the cylinders are numbered? Which plugwires are where?Where are the sparkplugs located, under the coil packs?
I have a diagnostic readout that says #4 is misfiring. Where is number four?
I've looked for a service manual for our 2005 kia sedona, and there doesn't seem to be any around!?