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#666 of 1373 AUTO INDUSTRY REPORT: Kia to recall minivans
May 26, 2005 (12:55 pm)
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 (6:52 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 (7:56 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 (11:05 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 (4:12 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 (8:11 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.
#672 of 1373 Re: 2002 sedona problems [sedona2000owne]
Jun 01, 2005 (6:23 pm)
I just got my '02 out of the shop last week for the throttle cable recall. Within a couple of days, I too "acquired" the low hum, accompanied by the feeling the emergency brake is on. And when I make a sharp right turn, the brake light goes on and off and the bell rings a couple of times, like as if I left the emergency brake engaged.
The e-brake is not deployed. Goes back to the shop Saturday. I certainly wished I had seen a site like this before purchasing this gas guzzler. CarMax was chomping at the bits to get this off the lot, I think. What the hey?
Beware of the infamous bad alternator. Had that replaced a week before last. I have 4,000 miles left on the warranty. My fingers and toes are crossed.
#673 of 1373 2002-2003 Sedona Van Alternator Update
Jun 02, 2005 (12:04 pm)
Service bulletin Engine Group 10
Sedona Vans built BEFORE 2/28/03 have an updated alternator issued to improve charging system performance at idle. It IS NOT nor will it be considered a recall. Its not an safety issue.
To have an alternator installed,only under warranty,under basic 60k,you must complain about discharge of the charging system at idle. I would use the excuse as follows. At night with the headlights on,my headlamps dim. That should be good enough to have the alt isntalled at your local dealership. Vehicles out of warranty will NOT have this done as a good will issue.
Enjoy the info.
#674 of 1373 Re: A/C warm and moaning [kiabuyerfool]
Jun 05, 2005 (6:44 pm)
I also have about 40k miles, but my Sedona is a 2002. Haven't had any significant problems and haven't had any warranty work done yet. Kinda wonder about all the probs kiabuyerfool is having. Says it it is not driven much, only 40,000 miles in the last 17 months. Thats a lot of miles!! When would you have time to put it in the shop 15 times.
#675 of 1373 Re: 2002-2003 Sedona Van Alternator Update [kiatech]
Jun 05, 2005 (8:13 pm)
kiatech, great info you are providing.
we have a 2002 EX with 52,000 miles that has been relatively trouble-free. Are you recommending that folks still under 60k miles, get the new alternator even if no problems have been observed with the original alternator? I have a short list of things that need attention at our dealer and would be glad to add a free new alternator to the list.