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Kia Sedona, Brakes, Van
#146 of 210 Re: [lavrishevo]
Jul 28, 2009 (3:05 pm)
I agree to some point BUT when we had to have our brakes serviced after 3 weeks of buying it new that problem is not on the buyer but on the dealer. We own a 2005 sedona and are still fighting the brake problems. After a year and a half they wanted to start charging us for this. We have a 120 mile round trip so yes now we have our brakes fixed in town but they cannot fix a problem that is caused by a vehicle that weighs to much for the braking system. Kia has to be responsible for this but they will not recall this problem. We are in a sinking ship and no one will give a good trade value on a kia sedona made before '07.
Jul 28, 2009 (7:49 pm)
You probably mean 2006 as that was the redesign year. I feel you on your brake problems. I would have never touched the 05 and under Sedona personally. Even on my 06 I needed front pads at 15k. I went on e-bay purchased the best aftermarket pads available for all 4 wheels and cross drilled slotted rotors all for under $300.00 shipped then had Pepboys install everything for 150.00 bucks. Best thing in the world for the van. No more brake float, excellent stopping power and much better longevity. I would check it out for your van too if your going to keep it.
#148 of 210 Not a bad car if I actually get to use it! Don't buy KIA
Aug 10, 2009 (9:44 pm)
We purchased this car new in January 2008 (Model Year 2007). We liked it at first but the honeymoon started to wear out in Sept 2008 when the shifter assembly broke. The dealership happened to have the part in stock which I thought was odd but nice. Then Oct 2008 the battery died. OK so I am not happy at this point but still OK with the ownership experience because all cars have some things that need to be repaired, right? Then ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE!
May 2009: Oil change at a local shop (because they are $15 less than the dealer and are much more pleasant) when they indicate the presence of leaks from the transmission pan and power steering. The van has 20k miles on it at this time. We are also having brake issues (loud squealing) that the dealer dismissed as "brake dust". They cleaned them and as I was driving off the lot that evening, it was immediately back. The power steering pump had to be ordered so I knew I would be back.
July 2009: Pump has arrived so I return with squealing brakes and a heavy vibration. While not a mechanic, I am not the village idiot either. I knew we had rotor/pad issues. So they "did me a favor" and forced the replacement of the rotors as they were "out of spec". They cleaned everything and send me on my way and I return a whole 6 days later with the same issues. We are getting ready to go out of town and the POS (piece of sh&t) is acting up again! Well the brakes are now showing abnormal wear and rotors are glazed so they do another repair and when I read this comment on the service order it was all I could do to keep myself contained "DPSM Authorized one time only goodwill/Kia pays half of the cost of rear pads and rotors. It is the opinion of the District Parts and Service Manager ((that never even looked at the car)), based on inspection of braking system, that driving habits could be the cause of this recurring issue." OK so what this tells me is that you can't use the brakes on your van....this 2nd visit in July took 2 days since they were waiting on this Regional person to come to the dealership and I was told he never made so how did he know what the brakes looked like??
Aug 2009: So here it is August and the car was in the shop on 7/30 and back again on 8/7 for guess what? A Dead Battery and.....BRAKES!!! So they look at them, say they look fine and I head out of town to go camping. I have never felt so unsafe in a car! The grinding, groaning, vibrations and squealing made me feel that we were all in danger. The van will now only be used for city driving and the Lemon law complaint has been filed!
Do you research and avoid these cheap cars like the plague! I had a Camry before we were forced to upgrade to a larger vehicle and all I can say it Toyota makes a good product that you have to pay for but at the same time this is as close to HELL as you can get. I honestly am not sure if I can say how unhappy I am with this van and how totally disappointed I am with the way the dealer has "serviced" the issue.
#149 of 210 Re: Not a bad car if I actually get to use it! Don't buy KIA [azbakers]
Aug 10, 2009 (9:48 pm)
The KIA slogan makes me chuckle (it is the only way to relieve the irritation): "The Power to Surprise". Man they sure live that up to the max...I am surprised how many times my car has been in the shop for the same issue!
Aug 11, 2009 (6:27 pm)
I am not sure how you guys are driving your van but all I have had to do with my 2006 is front pads at about 16K. This is because I drive 90% stop and go on a small island with not much highway use. Now I am at 26K with no problems at all.
Sounds like driver abuse. Maybe your riding your brakes or stomping on them and not breaking them in. You can't treat the breaks in a heavy mini-van the same way you can in a much lighter sedan.
#151 of 210 Re: Brakes [lavrishevo]
Aug 15, 2009 (12:51 pm)
Do you work for KIA? Not saying all kia products are junk but I know that sometimes things go wrong and mechanics can be good and bad and sometimes they just don't know how to fix a design problem. I can safely say that we, and two other couples we know that own kias, will not buy them again. The heavy mini van should has a brake design to handle the weight of the load! Some people just get lucky and don't have the trouble. My wife does not ride the brakes or stomp on them and we have never quit having trouble, its better but still there.
#152 of 210 Re: 2004 Kia Sedona Brake Issues [dishnerm21]
Sep 14, 2009 (9:18 am)
Biggest piece of junk ever. our 2005 sedona went in to get the rotors done 5 times in 7 months! and the last time they said sorry we arent covering it anymore. I REFUSE to get any work done by Kia. The KNOW there is an issue with their rotors and refuse to replace them with better ones. They wont reply to any of my emails either....believe me....everyone I know will NEVER buy a Kia based on what we have told them! Good Luck
#153 of 210 Re: 2004 Kia Sedona Brake Issues [jmahoney8]
Sep 15, 2009 (11:42 pm)
I am glad to hear that I am not the only KIA owner that is miserable and honestly don't think I have had so much hate for a car in the past. I filed a BBB Lemon Law claim and immediately got a call from a rep at KIA North America who promised to follow up in the week and it has been about 3 now...likely backed off after seeing BBB respond about exceeding the mileage. The van is like a bad penny and I honestly fear it is a driving safety hazard for my family and others on the road but I can't afford to buy a new van again...this one is less than 2 yrs old. Good luck making your van last a little longer...
#154 of 210 Re: 2004 Kia Sedona Brake Issues [azbakers]
Sep 16, 2009 (5:41 am)
I'm sorry to hear you guys are having brake problems. I know the pre 06 Sedona's are a lot heavier then the model I have and personally I would have never had touched a pre 06 Sedona with its reviews. This is neither here nor there for you guys but why not look into other options. If anything go on e-bay and look at the higher end cross-drilled rotors and nice aftermarket pads. If heat is warping your stock rotor setup then this will greatly reduce heat and extend rotor / pad life. I did this on my 06 because I live in Puerto Rico and drive on many mountain roads with long descents. The brakes are fantastic and no matter how long the mountain descent I have no brake-float whatsoever. (Brake-float is due to excessive heat) The whole package of 4 rotors plus the longest life pads they make cost less then $400.00
Think outside the box and I am sure you can come up with a solution. E-bay is your friend. Don't forget to treat your brakes easy as your vans are very very heavy.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Kia-Sedona-02-03-04-Front-D-S-BRAKE-ROTORS-PADS_W- - 0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem518cabbb0dQQitemZ35025241575- - 7QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories
#155 of 210 Re: 2005 KIA Sedona BRAKE PROBLEMS! [boxwrench]
Oct 10, 2009 (12:58 pm)
I have a 2005 Ex with ABS brakes and have had numerous problems and still do. Have replaced the rotors three times- first at 12 k miles and twice since then and the last set was with heavy duty rotors. The vibration when braking has never ceased. I just had them turned and my rear brakes adjusted and cleaned(at reccomendation of dealer). This was done Friday-got in the car and drove away with a worse vibration than before. Plan on taking it back this coming week but am at my wits end with this vehicle and Kia. Sounds like a design flaw in the vehicle not allowing enough air to get to rotors to cool down rotors. Kia needs to step up to the plate and make this problem right AT THEIR EXPENSE. I was told by a salesman at Kia that Kia had this problem early on with the sedona but had supposedly fixed the problem. Guess not.