In my life, I’ve owned numerous cars includeing Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota & Ford, but none have been as huge, unreliable money pits as our 2002 Sedona. We bought it used with about 50K miles on it about a year ago (13 months) during that time, we’ve been forced to replace the following:
Struts - twice
Pulley system that attaches to the water pump
The timing belt
The catalytic converter
Driver's side power window switch (that stupid thing was $180)
Front wheel Bearings
Front CV Joint & Bearing
Ignition coils (two trips to the shop)
strut bushings (separate from the strut trip)
It's an automotive nightmare!
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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!!
Make a quality car- akin to Honda or Toyota- not KIA junk.
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!
Comfortable, lots of room for people and stuff, plenty of cup holders, great for road trips, can hold lots of camping equipment (with the 3rd row of seats removed), can tow a trailer. Love the rear heater. Very reliable...this car has never left us stranded. On the open road we get up to 25 mpg.
Strengthen roof...weight limit for roof rack is too low. Make it possible to do a tune-up (replace spark plugs & wires) without having to pay the mechanic to take the engine halfway apart. Change shape of roof rack cross bars so they're quiet when you're going down the freeway. Most of the other changes I would suggest have already been fixed in newer models.
Non stop problems, poorly made everything is cheapy parts! Engine mounts, power steering hose, pistons wrong. Brakes are cheap, heater and ac are weak. Transmission issues. Wow I really really regret buying this car and kept thinking this would be the last repair. It never stops! The doors rust and rot so they don't slide right. Then the rear hatch struts that hold up the back door don't work and no after market parts fit.
Problems with spark plugs, and the design of the car make repairs very costly because they have to pull out all the parts to get to the parts. Such a disaster please don't consider buying one no matter how cheap you see it for sale locally! Fuel sensors went bad...
My favorite feature has
been the carpet, it seems to hold up well.
To improve this van, part it out and see if everyone else who has them breaking down want your parts.
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.
The van is zippy and handles great.
Comfortable for road trips (roomy seats, plenty of shoulder and leg room).
Love the table and cup holders.
Really good mileage on road trips.
We get 25 mpg on the freeway.
Plenty of room for hauling stuff, from bikes to Ikea boxed furniture.
This van can tow a trailer up to 3500 lbs.
We have towed with it a few times and it has done well (we installed the max capacity hitch and stayed well within the limit).
Turning radius could be better.
Seat bottom cushion needs more padding.
More cargo space when all seats are in and up.
Fold seats into floor (no, I can't lift them out!).
Also, 3rd row seats should be able to hold 2 full size adults in comfort.
A note about the doors:
our driveway is not flat, and that has had a negative impact on the door performance.
The passenger side door (slight uphill angle) will not stay open so somebody can get in.
The sliders can be hard to open or close depending on which side is uphill/downhill/on an angle.
We have had to replace the sliding mechanism on both doors.
Making the door hardware a bit stronger might improve performance and durability.