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#662 of 1373 Re: Major problem: my sedona caught on fire! [saabturboid]
May 23, 2005 (6:51 pm)
Please go to the nhtsa web sight, under nhtsa quick links, go to what are you looking for... go to recalls. Under recalls find complaints and click on search. Then go under ( vehicle ), then year ( 2003 ), make ( Kia ), model ( Sedona ), type ( passenger car ), componet-first try ( electrical systems ), don't forget to check the "see full summary box", read the 3rd entry. Then next go under ( electrical system wiring front underhood ), then try ( electrical systems wiring ). If that is not enough you can also look up 2002's and find a few more. It is a bit time consuming to find the information... but it is well worth the information. So sorry, but the problem does exist.
#663 of 1373 A/C warm and moaning
May 23, 2005 (7:24 pm)
I have a 2004 Sedona Ex with about 21000 mi. It's been moaning and blowing tepid since it was 6 mos. old. Bought it in the spring so didn't notice the problem until warmer weather (May). They replaced a thermocoupler, an O-ring, checked freon level and said it was okay. Our trip to Florida was toasty, to say the least. We live in Alabama and a/c is not an option, it's a requirement. I made them put a temperature probe in the vents and it only blew at 60 degrees, about 15 warmer than it should. My wife's Spectra blows at 40-42. They told me "it's a smaller car". Not the point, if it comes out at 60 it will never cool on an 80+ degree day, no matter the size of the vehicle. The moaning I could live with if it meant I could be cool. I suspect a door under the dash isn't closing and is allowing uncooled air in. I never hear that 'thump' I hear in other cars when the a/c is engaged. Anyone ever get this problem fixed? I understand an expansion valve can solve the moaning, but before I go ballistic at the dealer I would love to be able to point them to a specific problem area since they can't seem to find it on their own.
#664 of 1373 Re: A/C warm and moaning [johnkia]
May 24, 2005 (4:22 am)
I'd try another dealer...anybody who tried to tell you 60 degrees is OK for a/c is a bad/inexperienced mechanic or blowing the proverbial smoke at you.
The a/c moaning was supposedly fixed by a new hose design. Sounds like they should be replacing the a/c compressor. See KIATech's post on the subject. I'm sure he will have words on your post.
The thump you hear could be the door/gate closing with vaccum to switch vents around (defrost to dash to floor or a combo), or the compressor kicking in. On some cars that is quite pronounced.
#665 of 1373 Re: Major problem: my sedona caught on fire! [jaywolf]
May 26, 2005 (6:29 am)
Our Sedona caught on fire today May 20, 2005 sitting in Mcdonald's parking lot while my wife and two children were inside Mcdonald's. There is nothing left of the inside of the van.
Can you post a link to some photos?
In addition to being informative to examine, it would help eliminate any doubts that your post is authentic.
#666 of 1373 AUTO INDUSTRY REPORT: Kia to recall minivans
May 26, 2005 (11:55 am)
AUTO INDUSTRY REPORT: Kia to recall minivans
May 26, 2005
Kia Motors America Inc. said Wednesday it's recalling more than 37,000 minivans because of possible damage to a rear wheel bearing that could cause a crash.
Kia said a defect might exist on 37,358 Kia Sedona minivans from the 2003-05 model years that have alloy wheels. Company engineers found that moisture can accumulate around the small steel cap that seals the rear hub and bearing assembly on alloy wheels and lead to damage to the wheel bearing.
The company said a failure can occur without warning and cause a crash. The company said it's unaware of any accidents the defect caused. There have been four warranty claims due to the problem, said Kia spokeswoman Rose Krupp.
The majority of the vehicles, more than 26,000, are from the 2004 model year, the company told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
#667 of 1373 Trip Meter / Odometer
May 26, 2005 (5:52 pm)
I have a 2005 Sedona LX and noticed that the A & B trip meters only go to 999. Can anyone tell me if they have one that goes higher ?
I have taken it to the dealer and they haven't been able to verify either way.
I have a 2003 Rio Cinco and both go to 9999.
In my opinion if it only goes to 999 it is pretty much worthless. I use one to keep track of my mileage and the other to track mileage between oil changes and/or total mileage on long trips.
#668 of 1373 Re: A/C warm and moaning [johnkia]
May 26, 2005 (6:56 pm)
We have a sedona 2004 van and also had the moaning an AC trouble. After 14 trips to the dealership and they had done tons of unnecessary crap to our new van, like add insulation, loosen and tighten all manner of connectors and bolts...on trip 15 (finally) the Kia tech said oh yeah, we knew about the problem all along. Apparently there is a spring like device in the system that must be replaced. The one they had is faulty. It is like an expansion valve. They replaced it (finally) and it has never done it again. We hate the Kia. It is cheap, has had to have tons of work done. I am the only driver and this 2004 EX Kia has only 40,000 miles on it. We bought it Dec 2003 so it is not driven that much. I drive it slow and carefully too. NO teenager hotrodding it etc. This vehicle is babied. The windshield cracked, the wrong one was ordered. Luckily it was caught before installation. The "tape" around the windows (both sides) totally cracked and looked awful. It was "re painted" as they said new "tape" would just do it again. The paint has all worn off the bottom running panels. The carpet is simply so cheap and cheaply installed, I hate the speakers and substandard stereo. The seats do not attach well and I just saw where there is a problem with the 2003 models I bet mine is the same. The headrests hit the seats in front of them. Too tight and the back seat hits the back glass. The windshield wiper system has about 35 settings (jeez) and I just DO NOT LIKE IT. but...I guess we are stuck with this lemon
#669 of 1373 Re: A/C warm and moaning [kiabuyerfool]
May 27, 2005 (10:05 am)
Sorry to hear you are so unhappy with your Sedona. FWIW, I have had none of the problems with our '04 Kia that you mention, other than a minor moaning from the A/C. We've never bothered to have this looked at since it doesn't really bother us, and believe it or not, the van has NEVER been back to the dealer for any repair since we bought it. It has been perfect. I've performed my own oil changes, which is the only maintenance it's needed. We've got 11,000 perfect miles under our belt. The only complaint I have is the gas mileage. We've never seen 20mpg, even though Kia claims 22 highway.
The only thing that is making me re-consider our purchase is this fire issue. If there is some sort of tendency for these things to catch fire I don't want my family to have anything to do with it. Quite frankly, I'm surprised that Kia is recalling the vans for an arguably minor hub issue, while nothing is being said about fires. I'd hope the NHTSA is all over this.
#670 of 1373 Whistling Wheel Well Problem
May 27, 2005 (3:12 pm)
Not quite sure this is where the problem is located, but it sounds to be in the general area (rear passenger side). I have a 2002 Kia Sedona EX and LOVE IT! I currently have 65,000 miles on it, but after about 10,000 miles, a funny hollow whistling sound comes from the vehicle once it is warm and traveling at a consistent speed, generally above 30 mph. Does anyone have this same problem and if so, do you know what it is? I just chalked it up to a car with personality.
#671 of 1373 Re: Trip Meter / Odometer [dwo1]
May 30, 2005 (7:11 pm)
My 2002 Sedona LX also has A & B trip odometers. I know for a fact that the B odometer goes to 4 digits (maybe more). I use the "A" for mileage between gas fill-ups and the "B" for mileage between oil changes.