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#133 of 249 Re: engine problems [jirka]
Apr 18, 2009 (4:42 am)
We had the same problem with our 2006 Kia Sedona at about 25,000 miles. The problem repeated about 5 times and got worse each time. It took a couple of trips to the dealership, but they finally figured out the problem. They replaced both the Accelerator Pedal assembly and the sensor on the engine that the accelerator pedal connects to. That was about 5,000 miles ago and we have not had the problem since.
#134 of 249 Re: engine problems [jerryb_kc]
Apr 18, 2009 (4:51 am)
Here is a more detailed description of what happend to us:
We had a problem with our 2006 Kia Sedona at about 25,000 miles.
- Suddenly the gas stops responding. The car slows down.
- The Check Engine and ESC-OFF lights turns on.
- The engine continues to run but nothing happens when you push the accelerator pedal.
- Turning the engine of and the restarting fixed the problems temporarily.
The problem repeated about 5 times and got worse each time. The first time we shut down and restarted it worked fine for about 50 miles. By the fifth time it happened it ran only about a mile before it happened again.
It took a few trips to the dealership, but they finally figured out the problem. They replaced both the Accelerator Pedal assembly and the sensor on the engine that the accelerator pedal connects to. That was about 5,000 miles ago and we have not had the problem since.
#135 of 249 Re: engine problems [jerryb_kc]
Apr 20, 2009 (4:50 pm)
It sounds like a number of us have a very similar issue, but it sounds like we are all given different solutions from our dealers. Your situation sounds identical to mine. Both of mine 08 Sedonas are running fine now, but as I said I have no faith that they have found the fix. So next time, I will suggest your service departments idea and hope that works. You would think Kia would be able keep all their mechanics informed. Thanks for the suggestion
#136 of 249 How safe is Kia Sedona?
Apr 28, 2009 (2:18 pm)
I am very close to buying a Kia Sedona. But reading the comments in this forum I am really scared. In the past I drove a Mercedes and a Toyota. They never gave me any weird problem. I put more than 200K on my Toyota without a single unusual problem. But reading the post, I think I am signing up for a death warrant. What would you guys advise me? I would rather spend another 10 grand and buy a safer vehicle for my family than buy a death machine that stalls on the highway.
#137 of 249 Re: How safe is Kia Sedona? [bikash007]
Apr 28, 2009 (2:46 pm)
"....than buy a death machine that stalls on the highway". You already answered your own question. The Kia is HEAVY, gas mileage isn't great, electrical problems that appear to rival the legendary 1990 VW Corrado - why buy a Kia? Chrysler's new minivans are being sold at reduced prices...buy the top of the line, leather seats, large v6 - more bang for the buck. My son kept his Kia because he was upside down on the loan so it was fix it or take a loss. WIth Kia's poor reputation the resale value has dropped. Even is you don't like the Chrysler minvan - at least drive one for comparison to the other models before you buy. (no, I don't work for a car mfg. or dealer)
#138 of 249 Re: How safe is Kia Sedona? [bikash007]
Apr 28, 2009 (6:22 pm)
I bought my first car in 1975 and have purchased over 20 vehicles since then, both new and used. While many of them have had the usual minor problems, none has ever had the number of serious safety problems that our 2006 Kia Sedona has experienced. From the headlights that both quit working without warning, to the total loss of power while driving on a busy interstate, this is not a vehicle that I would ever recommend a person to buy. In reading the forums I find that these problems are not unique to my particular van, but with Sedona's in general.
Do yourself a big favor and pick another vehicle.
#139 of 249 Re: How safe is Kia Sedona? [jerryb_kc]
Apr 29, 2009 (5:25 am)
Thanks a lot for helping me make the right decision. I am going to buy a Honda odyssey LX instead, which may cost me couple of grand more, but will ensure that my family is safe.
#140 of 249 Re: How safe is Kia Sedona? [bikash007]
Apr 29, 2009 (5:35 am)
Actually, it'll probably cost you 6000-10000 more for a comparable vehicle, but I don't blame you and would do the same thing today if I could as it will have a much better resale value.
I just wish/hope some one who gives a darn at Kia reads this and realizes they are shooting themselves in the foot by ignoring this issue and buyers like you will not buy a Kia and understandably pay a premium for for a Honda or Toyota.
Pretty shortsighted of them; penny-wise, pound foolish for sure.
#141 of 249 Re: How safe is Kia Sedona? [bikash007]
Apr 29, 2009 (6:06 am)
I am not sure. I wanted to buy Honda Odyssey, but ended buying Sedona, because it has better crash ratings. It was hard for me to ignore the fact that the difference in crash ratings is in the second row where my kids sit. The door on Odyssey just got out from the hinges in the tests.
The problem is that Sedona is safer when the crash occurs, and Odyssey is more reliable, so it might be easier to avoid the crash (it is not very safe to switch into a limb mode while driving on the freeway). Hard to say.
#142 of 249 Re: How safe is Kia Sedona? [bikash007]
Apr 29, 2009 (3:30 pm)
You should go into the Honda Odyssey forum. Look at all of the complaints about the transmission failing. It seems Honda doesn't want to admit they have a problem, make your own decision.