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#19 of 39 2007 KIA SEDONA-Great Van
May 30, 2008 (9:03 pm)
After much research and comparison (Toyota, Honda, Mazda), I purchased a new KIA Sedona Ex. You are not going to find a better minivan for the money. According to JD powers the new Sedona'a scored higher in quality than the Honda Odyssey. Initially, I was going to buy a Honda Odyssey. I own a Honda civic and love honda products however, the Kia Sedona offers better value for the dollar. For the same price as a base model Honda I got full leather, heated seats, DVD w/wireless head phones, upgraded stereo system, power doors, alloys, roof rack, sunroof every option under the sun for under $24000. There were great incentives through KIA on 07 models. But for me the number one reason was the high safety ratings along with a 10 year warranty. You might argue that the resale value is poor on the KIA. My response is if the same equipt Honda Van is going to cost you 8000 dollars more up front, who is kidding who. Resale value is misleading. The Kia is very roomy and has a sold ride. I love the sports transmission. The interior with the leather is comparable to any luxury car. Gas mileage is comparable to Toy. and Honda vans low to mid 20's. The Kia has easy fold down seats with a large cargo area behind the 3rd row. If your looking for a Van check out the new KIA;s. I would highly recommend them. SOmersworth, NH KIA was a great dealership to do business with . No BS very honest and knowledgable.
#20 of 39 Re: Every vehicle has its own issues [kitagrl]
May 30, 2008 (9:09 pm)
I also bought an 07 KIA sedona EX, great deals on left overs. I was very happy on the price I paid for our KIA. Have to say it is the nicest minivan or car for that fact tha my family has owned. Sedona is a very solid vehicle weighing in at 4700 pounds. Safety was my number 1 concern along with the warranty. SUPER value!!
#21 of 39 i have alot of good things to say about my sedona
Jun 16, 2008 (7:27 am)
if only it would run right and i never had to take it back to the dealership on a toe truck. these things tend to cloud my mind and therefor why would i mention any thing good if i cant even drive the car. my complaints are not about the car itselfe i wont lie i love it but i think the next time i have to hear thankyou for calling world kia how can i help you i think i might explode. but when it does run i like the fuel eco. its good for being a 6 cyl van that can seat 8 max pass. and the sterio is good, i like the way it looks, handles really well cutting corners, the ac cant keep up with las vegas heat very well but its average. and spend the extra money getting leather seats the fabric is difficult to keep clean. overall like i said if only the dealers would offer fast and reliable service after all i am still a paying customer i often wonder how they would like it if i started putting my car payments in escrow until they do something
#22 of 39 Report on Sedona
Jul 08, 2008 (7:02 pm)
I have a 2006 Sedona with about 24,000 miles on it and so far I am very satisfied with the vehicle. The Sedona has terrible depreciation so if you are considering purchasing one you may try to get one that is maybe a year old and save a good 5 or 6 grand.
Things I do not like about the vehicle:
Gas mileage is pretty bad in the city. I get around 12-14 mpg in city driving. This is with numerous 1 or 2 mile trips so I believe it can be better if you make longer trips. On the highway, the mileage is around 20-22 traveling at speeds of 85-90 mph.
Transmission is very reluctant to kick down for highway merging and passing Sometimes, the shifts can also be rough.
Lots of wind noise from the windshield area at highway speeds. I mean lots. It is very difficult to have a conversation with a passenger in the 3rd row from the driver's seat.
Driver's seat height adjuster moves the seat cushion forward when you adjust it up and vice versa when down. I recommend that you set the height first and then adjust if fore/aft to get the best driving position. Also the position of the height adjuster on the side of the seat where it meets the cushion causes it to pinch the side cushion every time I get out. After a short while the cushion has indentations from the height adjuster. I believe the EX has a power seat and will not have this problem.
Armrests break easily. They are not actually broken per se, but the ones in the rear buckets do not hold their place anymore and rarely do I have passengers riding in the rear.
Brake pads wore faster than anticipated. I developed a squeaking sound on them at around 22,000 miles.
Tires on the LX trim are cheap (Hankook brand) and do not last very long.
A/C intake actuator makes knocking sound when shutting the car off after turning the A/C off. They replaced the intake actuator free of charge.
Other than that, the vehicle has performed fine and is a great value if you don't factor in depreciation. I also think it looks better than all minivans besides the Odyssey.
#23 of 39 2002 Sedona has held up pretty well
Feb 19, 2010 (1:33 am)
Our 2002 Sedona just went over 100,000 miles and I have to say it has served us pretty well. The one thing that worries me now is some valve/lifter noise at start-up. I switched to synthetic oil at around 30,000 miles (Mobil-1, 10w30) and that seemed to nearly stop the problem, but now it's back. I tried Shell Rotella synthetic 5w40 and it eliminated the problem, but we started to notice an unpleasant oil burning smell while driving. I switched back to the Mobil-1 and the odor stopped but the lifter noise is back. Strange. We did have to have the A/C compressor replaced at around 70,000 miles and that was expensive. Right before 60,000 miles we decided to have the timing belt replaced and transaxle fluid changed, in order to keep the warranty in effect. The dealer here wanted an arm and a leg to do the work, but the local Goodyear place did it for a fraction of the price and guaranteed their work. We've been through three sets of tires and two brake jobs, which really isn't too bad for 100,000 miles. Obviously regular maintenence is essential to make any car last. All in all I'm pretty satisfied with it, especially since it's been paid for now for some time and is still running. That feels really good. I've always liked the way the Sedona drives and it has a lot of power for a mini van.
Feb 19, 2010 (8:35 am)
Has been a great van . Few minor problems fixed immediately by the dealer. 31k and running great. Best van for the money by far!
Feb 28, 2010 (7:36 pm)
I have nothing but good things to say about my '08 Sedona, NOW, though I did have a problem with the battery draining when I first bought it. (Turned out a computer module was to blame; the dealer removed and then re-installed it and no problems with it since then.) This van is a dream on the highway; it has great acceleration and runs so smoothly. Believe it or not, my on-board trip computer says I'm getting OVER 25 mpg driving on the freeway at 70-75 mpg. One set of reviews I read was kind of funny; one of the reviewers said he kept finding excuses to be the designated driver when the group of reviewers went out drinking and took the Sedona, it was so much fun to drive. I have friends that have had the dreaded Odyssey transmission problems, and as a disgruntled former Honda Accord owner, I'm not convinced that the Japanese makes have the quality they used to. (My 70s and 80s eras Toyota and Honda were bulletproof, but my later models were just average in reliability.)
#26 of 39 Good Experience -Under Warranty
Apr 06, 2010 (9:24 am)
I have an EX 2007 Sedona with leather, sunroof, but no built-in DVD. Has 40K miles. Has needed new mirror and sunroof motors, new serpentine belt pulley, new lights up front - all bulbs blew, and a new power driver's seat (motor broke). All were replaced under warranty and my dealer was very good. We'll see how it is out of warranty in the future. It drives great - very solid performer in wet and snow and is truly comfortable and fairly well designed as far as everyday needs.I just hate the oil filter "unit" that I let the dealer replace because the seals are a pain. I did replace all brakes recently but it's a big heavy van and those were $800. But even the tire wear has been even. We'll see.....
#27 of 39 Good Experience
May 13, 2010 (7:44 pm)
I know this is the "old" model, but I'll share anyway.
We bought a 2004 Kia Sedona brand new. It now has about 75k miles on it as my wife does not drive too much. We have had the oil changed about every 5k miles and had the regular maintenance done at 30k and 60k.
The only problems were a seatbelt on the 2nd row breaking (wouldn't roll out anymore) and the cruise control stopped working. Both were fixed under warranty though the seat belt took a couple of trips because they forgot to look at it on the first trip (was having other service done as well) though that is dealers fault and not Kia's directly.
Overall I would say an good vehicle for the money as long as it hold up another couple of years for me I will be very pleased (knock on wood).
#28 of 39 3 year update for 2007 Sedona EX
May 27, 2010 (2:15 pm)
Well, we're almost up 30k miles and 36 months with the van and can report that it's still running strong. I know it seems like low mileage but most of it is from daily driving in a small town.
Only other issue has been a battery discharge that necessitated a new battery and TSB re-program of the computer to resolve the glitch that was draining the battery. Replaced the OEM 245/60/17 Michelens at the 25k mile mark as they wore even yet very quickly with rotations every 5k miles. Gas mileage is still around the same (14-16 city / 24-26 hwy) with a tank of premium every other month when filling up.
Check the tire pressure and fluid levels weekly, all electronics in the cabin are holding up well, H/AC systems & components have no issues and other than tightening the captains chairs arm rests, all has been a satisfactory experience with our 07 Sedona EX.
Let's hear some more experiences folks...