Last post on Oct 23, 2006 at 2:18 AM
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#1344 of 1373 Re: Short Circuit? [youthink]
Aug 08, 2006 (11:00 am)
I had a 2003 Kia Sedona EX. I bought it brand new and had 37,400 miles. I always had the recommended preventive maintenance service done at the dealer, Joe Meyers Kia in Houston. In fact, I took it to the dealer on June 17 for the 37.5K scheduled maintenance. That did not keep the van from catching on fire 2 days later while I was driving with my wife and 3 children. We all got out quickly and luckily no one was hurt. The fire fighters got to the van before the fire spread beyond the engine, so an evaluation of the vehicle could hace probably determined what went wrong, but neither Kia nor Joe Meyers care about what happened. The insurance company looked at the car and totalled it. I will obviously never buy a Kia again. While all cars can cause problems, the manufacturer and their dealership network should show some degree of customer support.
#1345 of 1373 Re: 2006 Sedona steering/handling problems [tpcast]
Aug 09, 2006 (10:40 am)
I believe there is a technical service bulletin out on that problem with it drifting. Ask the dealer about it.
#1346 of 1373 Re: Oil Filter [ppcpilot]
Aug 13, 2006 (11:55 am)
Oil filter is under the engine cover on top. It`s where it says oil filter(DRIVER SIDE OF ENGINE). Anyone having trouble with the second row seat belts? When i sit in the 2nd row seat,if i lean fwd to get a drink from the center table cup holder and sit all the way back. The seat belt would lock and you can`t move,until you unbuckel and have the belt reel in all the way,and then rebuckle. Is this normal or what?
#1347 of 1373 Kia Sedona Piece of @$%&?
Aug 13, 2006 (12:28 pm)
I had posted "fuel salling problems" that I had with my mini van in earlier messages. Long story short, had the vehicle for 12 months, 14,000 miles, left me stranded twice, once out of town and it was in the shop for a total of one month in the year that I owned it. What good is the so called "best warranty" if they can't fix the problem the vehicles develop. I looked into suing Kia under the lemon law, but it was gonna be risky because (according to my lawyer) Kia would send a master mechanic to inspect the vehicle and if he did not find anything wrong, then I would not have a case, and since the vehicle did not stall all the time it was not a risk I was willing to take. I traded the vehicle for a new GMC Envoy XL and I could not be happier. Like they say "You get what you paid for" I was fooled by their warranty, but hey! you live, you learn.
#1348 of 1373 Re: Oil Filter [redptc]
Aug 13, 2006 (1:15 pm)
Thank you "redptc". I finally found it under the engine cover. I looked everywhere except the most obvious place. I assume it is a canister type. Can I purchase at any automotive parts store, or exclusively from Kia?
#1349 of 1373 Re: Oil Filter [ppcpilot]
Aug 13, 2006 (2:44 pm)
As far as i know it`s a cartridge type.Like back in the early 50`s.It also has 2 o ring seals on it,so make sure those are on it before you install a new filter.Somewhere in this forum are some part numbers for the filter. ( WIX#57061,PUROLATER#L35610) check out SEDONA 2006+ forums....
#1350 of 1373 Re: kia sedona wind howl [rgochoa]
Sep 01, 2006 (12:49 pm)
Rgochoa, I just upgraded from the 04 sedona to the 06 Last Wed. I had to come home on the highway and had whistling, howling noise coming from the passenger side of the car that sounded like a bad seal in a window. It got louder as i went faster on the highway. I thought it possibly coming from a vent inside the car somewhere. The next day I noticed it again and called the Dealer to have it checked out. Just my curiosity i sat and looked at the car visually on the outside to see what it could be. I noticed that I have "cross bars" mounted with the roof rack. I instantly took the cross bars off and tested the car again. NO wind, whistling, howling noise to drive me nuts. I called the dealer and told them what it was and they said they had never heard of it but would keep it in mind incase it ever came up. They also asked me if i wanted a job in thier service dept. Needless to say, the 06 is a great upgrade from my problem 04 and if this is all the trouble i have then i'll be happy.
#1351 of 1373 Re: kia sedona wind howl [likelleh]
Sep 06, 2006 (7:21 am)
I noticed the same on my 2003, only it wasn't super loud. I just moved the cross bars all the way back on the rack and the change in laminar flow over the vehicle made the noise go away. That way I don't have to remember to reinstall the cross bars when I travel.
#1352 of 1373 Kia Sedona...too many problems!
Sep 13, 2006 (6:22 pm)
I own a 2003 Sedona EX. I knew I might be taking a risk buying a car with so many great features at such a cheap price. They didn't have much of a track record at that stage being only the second year out. Well it turned out to be a HUGE mistake buying it and I am trading it in presently at only 30,000 miles. They are junk, junk, junk!! Angers me since it's paid off and it would have been nice to keep a couple more years.
Here is the history:
Obnoxiously squeaky back/side window since it was new, but only in the cold. Once the car warms up it quieted down some. I brought it in three times for this, but of course the car was adequately warm once I drove there and it wasn't squeaking. The dealer would not replace the window for me unless they heard the squeak so I live with this one. Nice for a new car!
The the front end started with some "jiggling" type of noise. Brought it to the dealer who said nothing was wrong. Brought it another because it was so bad I was worried about safety. Was told it was normal "wear" of the struts and Kia said NOT to replace them because it will happen again. It's an obvious noise to eveyone who drives in the car (including my half deaf mother-in-law)and very embarrassing to have an almost new van that sounds like that.
Next was the alternator that went at 20,000, had to get towed. Apparently this goes in almost all of them at some point between 20 and 30k miles.
Next was the engine light intermittently going on. Ended up being a broken fuel sensor in the fuel tank. This was determined when the car didn't pass Massachusetts state emissions testing. Had to be ordered, so two trips for that problem also.
Next was the engine started sounding like a Mack truck on start-up until it warmed up. Coincidentially this started the morning after the alternator was replaced, but they said it was unrelated and don't have an answer as to why my van sounds like a diesel dump trunk until it's warm.
Presently the power steering is failing, the dealership is calling Kia to find out whether to replace the pump or just start by flushing the system.
Let's see, next present problem is the driver's side door lever (outside) broke. Pin fell out. Went in and they don't stock the pins. Need to order a whole new door lever mechanism. Made a second appointment for this problem today.
In general the engine has "pinged" on acceleration since day one despite using high octane gas and using dry gas from time to time.
Positive notes on the car are good transmission, great seats (although these older model seats are a killer to pull out of the back), convenient controls, homelink and many other options that come cheap (although that's probably not a positive aspect since the car is not worth the cheap price!)
I'm going back to Honda or Nissan....drive it and be able to forget where the dealership ever was is a better way to live!
#1353 of 1373 Re: 02 EX Automatic Door Locks [natta1]
Sep 16, 2006 (6:42 am)
We have a 2003 EX Sedona with the same problem regarding the automatic door locks. We have 52K miles and all of a sudden this started. It continued for 3 weeks of our 4 week trip and now that we are home and I have taken it in for service it does not happen. Our service stated that they are not aware of a problem. Did you get an answer to this problem?