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Bad Experience. Unsafe .. and others think so too
By nickelrider on 05/11/14 18:29 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

Warning- XXX -Warning Fair Warning to anyone considering this car. It is totally unsafe as it will just 'turn off' in the middle of driving- anywhere. Not good for what most buy as a 'family' car. Left my wife and kids stranded 3 times and me several times as well. Could be fuel pump/filter, air mass sensor, TPS, IPM Module, Junction Box, cold air sensor, or the key cylinder. My mechanic is stumped. Rust Bucket too. The sliding door handle fell off and there are other small hardware issues. At least I get $ 250.00 to haul her away. I cannot in good conscience sell this to another party based on what I know. Bottom line- KIA's reliability just plain sucks!! Enough said.
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140,000 miles and still going strong!
By guitarrista on 03/14/14 14:39 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

We bought our Sedona new in 2002. It was a daily driver while the kids were in car seats, now it's our road-trip and weekend car. We bought one of the first ones that came off the boat, and it had all the problems the reviewers said it would have. The good news is, when those faulty parts failed it was covered under warranty and they were replaced with improved parts. I was pleased that Kia had redesigned the faulty parts (not all auto makers do this), and we have had zero problems with the replacement parts. We had thought we would buy a new(er) van, but after looking at the options, we decided to keep the old one a while longer. It's that good!
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120K miles and still going strong
By guitarrista on 07/27/13 11:52 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

We got this van new, and after 11 years and over 120K miles an update is in order. This van was new to this country in 02, and there were a number of issues. Ours was one of the ones built earlier in the year, and we had the expected issues come up, but they replaced all the faulty bits with the improved ones, and no problems with those parts since. We have driven this van all over the US and it has performed like a champ. We initially got this van to fit kids in car seats, and now use it mostly for family outings and road trips. The original engine and transmission are still going strong. This van has been a great value.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
great
By whelgedalen on 07/20/13 15:51 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

bought new in 2002, even though i try not to buy the first model year for any vehicle. my mileage has been a consistent 28 mpg hwy with 6 large people and luggage. plenty of power.
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10 yrs and still looks/drives well
By tomerikac on 12/16/12 21:04 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

Update: Took the Sedona in at 99.5k miles because trans was slipping into 5th gear. After submitting much paperwork showing detailed maintenance, KIA replaced trans free, along with motor mounts and exhaust which had cracked. Wow! So now at 107k miles, the thing is clean and runds well. I had to replace the door handle that just came off in my hand. $30 and 2 hrs work. I'm thinking of trading it in on a Rondo. I'd prefer the better gas mileage and no one seems to know just how nice those Rondos were, so they are priced low. Go KIA!!!
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Best van out there!
By guitarrista on 04/09/12 08:23 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

We bought our Sedona in 2002 and have put over 120,000 miles on it. It is very reliable and comfortable. We get about 14 mpg in city and 24 on hiway. 2002 was the first year for this car, and ours was built early in the year. We read the reviews before we bought, and knew that certain things would break, and they did, and they were covered by the warranty. Kia put stronger versions of those parts on vans sold later in the year, so if you're buying a used one, look at the MFG date and get one built later in the year. Example: transmission and engine mounts, and sun roof cable. When ours broke, we discovered they had changed the spec to different, stronger ones.
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Do NOT buy a KIA !
By williamsabode on 10/15/11 11:21 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

I would like to know who writes these reviews. As I said, Do Not buy a Kia. You will probably need every little bit of the so called associated warranty as there is not much on these sedonas that you won't have problems with. Hey I'm not banging on the Sedona just to be contrary but you will have nothing but problems with these things. There is not enough space here to list them all but just so you know what we dealt with from the get go has been; rotors, doors (Front, Back & sliding), engine, alternator, heater control, brakes, electrical, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc....... you name it. Please talk to someone who has owned one (at least a yr) long enough to know something. Wish I had !
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Bought new in '02 and now have 96k miles
By tomerikac on 08/14/11 08:46 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

Needed a mini-van with 2nd baby on the way so traded in my old "00 Sportage, found a great deal, and after 8 years only problems were the alternator (replaced under warranty) and air conditioner, repaired for about $400. Unfortunately, we have continually had problems with the air bag light. One Kia mechanic even told me "Don't worry about the light, it works fine!" Overall theough, we are pleased. Average about 20mpg highway/city driving. Lately I've noticed a "rough" shift between 3 and 4 gear and am thinking I'd better get it in before the warranty expires.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Better than I expected
By hotrod8983 on 03/11/11 08:59 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

We bought our Sedona new in '02 after our Windstar gave up the ghost. After all of our shopping around, test driving, negotiating, etc. it came down to the Kia or a Honda Odyssey. Honda's warranty was a joke and their non-negotiable price was $6 grand more. We took a chance. Can't say we've regretted it. A few quirks that were expected for the first model year of any car, but the warranty covered everything. Gas mileage continues to be a disappointment, but this thing plows through the snow and tows a fishing boat with no issues. Would like to buy the wife a new one but at 185,000 miles she refuses to give it up. Perfect? No. But definitely a lot for the money.
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Old Codger's Comfort Zone
By Marion on 09/23/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

I bought my 2002 Sedona In 2004.It had 22K miles on it, Now has 106K miles. the only thing I have replaced are tires, brake pads, battery, and recently the alternator, which are normal replacement items. The van is dependable,and performs very well.
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