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#859 of 1373 Recalls loom for Chrysler, Kia - July 8th seattlepi.com
Aug 09, 2005 (10:37 am)
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Friday, July 8, 2005
Recalls loom for Chrysler, Kia
Chrysler Group and Kia Motors Corp. face U.S. safety investigations and potential recalls of about 353,000 vehicles because of engine fires.
The inquiries include about 300,000 of Chrysler's 1999 and 2000 Dodge Stratus, Chrysler Cirrus and Plymouth Breeze cars and 52,824 of Kia's 2003 Sedona minivans, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its Web site this week.
The agency said it received 24 complaints of fires in the Chrysler cars and five in the Kia vans, with no accidents or injuries. Chrysler, the third-largest U.S. automaker, is cooperating with the agency, company spokeswoman Curtrise Garner said.
#860 of 1373 Feds Investigate Chrysler and Kia Engine Fires
Aug 09, 2005 (11:10 am)
Feds Investigate Chrysler and Kia Engine Fires
Date Posted 07-06-2005
"The agency reports five complaints that allege fires in Kia Sedonas that were parked with the ignition off. One fire in the Sedona occurred while driving and the Web site reports "one consumer's vehicle was totaled."
#861 of 1373 Re: Feds Investigate Chrysler and Kia Engine Fires [spectraman]
Aug 09, 2005 (6:35 pm)
nhtsa opened the "Preliminary evaluation" with 5 fires, mine being #5 and the Sedona that was totaled, since the evaluation started, "3" more '03's caught on fire while parked. And in July, a '02 and a '04 also caught on fire while parked. Because I was lucky enough to be in a public parking lot, an employee took photo's of my Sedona while on fire. Someone even tried to put the fire out with an extinguisher, (I have photos) but alas, the extinguisher didn't work and I had to wait until the firemen came. I can't post the photos yet because I need to find someone with a scanner... anyway, good luck to all of you Sedona owners.
#862 of 1373 Re: Turn indicator lever behavior [5paytons]
Aug 10, 2005 (11:58 am)
Had the same sponginess in my 2003. It just failed on the left side this month....quit turning itself off when after a left turn. However it was an easy fix and under warantee.
#863 of 1373 Re: 2002-2003 Sedona Van Alternator Update [kiatech]
Aug 11, 2005 (9:52 am)
I subscribe to the Kia maintenance manual service under the customer area of Kia.com This TSB isn't listed. Are there a lot more that aren't published?
Right now on the Kia Service Info System, they list 5 recalls:
2003-5 throttle cable upgrade
Seat Belt Buckle anchor bolts
Accelorater cable assembly replacement
ABS control module reprogram
Sedona EX Rear wheel bearing
They list an evaporator canister vent under fuel system, but they don't list a service bulletin for the Engine group 10.
Do you know if you guys get service bulletins that they don't post on the KSIS? Not doubting your word at all, just wondering why I can't get a look at the bulletin when I'm paying $80/yr to get the manual and bulletins.
I have a 2003 Sedona EX and am trying to make sure I check all the stuff out before the warantee runs out in about a year. (~47k miles now)
#864 of 1373 Re: RADIO QUITTING/CHECK ENGINE/BATTERY LIGHTS COME ON [nhgirl]
Aug 11, 2005 (10:13 am)
Funny, mine does the same thing and my dealership says it is the battery- kia sucks!
#866 of 1373 A/C Blowing Warm and Whistling
Aug 11, 2005 (3:28 pm)
Just recently, my A/C started blowing out warm air. Everytime I turn on the A/C button, I also hear a whistling sound. I took it in to my mechanic who did an evacuation of the system, refill and added freon and did a leak check. It worked for the first couple of hours and now has begun to blow the warm air and whistle again. Has anyone else had a similar problem? If so, what needs to be done? This is the only problem I have encountered with the van. I have a 2002 Sedona EX and have 70K + on the van.
#867 of 1373 Re: RADIO QUITTING/CHECK ENGINE/BATTERY LIGHTS COME ON [dontbuyakia]
Aug 11, 2005 (4:46 pm)
I am getting my van back tomorrow and so far no luck with finding the problem to having the radio fade then almost stalling while idling. The only thing I've accomplished this entire week without my van is to make the rental car establishment richer. I'm not happy. When I called Kia Customer Service I didn't get any help from them either. No one seems to be able to reproduce the problem and supposively the battery isn't the problem. Regardless I am going to purchase a new battery as soon as I get my van back. The Kia Techs have actually driven my van home on 2 occasions overnight and still can't find the problem, maybe they just needed some wheels for the night to get themselves home!!!!
In regards to your battery issue and the van having to be jump started. I had this same issue and my first dealership kept telling me I was leaving the door open, a light on, etc...etc...when in actually it was the LUMBAR SWITCH to the driver's seat that was causing the draw on the battery, something with a short in the switch. I have seen the same thing spoken about in this forum. You might want to have the looked into.
I'm a Nanny, so it's important to me to have a reliable car since my family depends on me to transport their children in something safe and dependable. I will never purchase another Kia product in the future. I'm beginning to think, I should cut my loses and get rid of this one!!!
The 60K was a disaster, another time my van was in the shop for 5 1/2 days. What's with customer service these days? Everyone wants to make the big bucks, but no one wants to work for it!!!! My concern is what will I get myself into next time.
This for your input.
#868 of 1373 Re: A/C Blowing Warm and Whistling [skulbalski]
Aug 11, 2005 (4:53 pm)
Oh goodie another problem to look forward to. At the 60K, I told service that I wasn't getting the cold air in the same why I did when I first purchased the 2002 Sedona, can't tell you if it's an EX or LX since I haven't seen it in so long. They said I had a leak and repaired it, but for the short time I had the van back the cool air output didn't seem any better, of course that's if I could keep the van running long enough to tell since once the radio began to fade the blower also started to shut down when the battery and check engine lights came on and the van wanted to stall out until I gave it gas or excelerated.
NOT A PLEASED KIA OWNER IN REGARDS TO SERVICE OR KIA TECH KNOWLEDGE!!!!!!