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2003 Kia Sedona Minivan

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Kia Sedona Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 195 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Kia Sedona

  • A fine minivan until one considers the price -- at which point it becomes an exceptional minivan.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Excellent value, lots of cupholders and storage bins, solid build quality, good crash test scores, lengthy warranty coverage.

  • Cons

    Hefty curb weight, below-average gas mileage, missing a few key minivan features, potentially expensive to repair in minor collisions.

  • What's New for 2003

    Minor upgrades are in store for the Sedona in its second year on the market. On the outside, buyers will find new taillights, and in the cabin, you'll note a new audio faceplate and a remote fuel-door release. The LX model gets a CD player, while the EX now comes with two keyless remotes, as well as additional leather on the armrests and lower portions of the seats. A trailer hitch is now available for all Sedonas.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
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  • 18
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Purchased used 2 years ago

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Vehicle: 2003 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I purchased this van 2003 Kia Sodona 2 years ago and right after I paid it off the engine had problems it has blown head gaskets and will cost me $2200.00 to get back on the road.




Don't do it!!!

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Vehicle: 2003 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I bought my '03 Kia 2 years ago with 49k miles on it. I read good reviews,and it had such low miles I thought for sure I'd have it for a long time. Well 2 years later, it has 78,000 miles and it is breaking constant! Every month I have to bring it in to be fixed! At that mileage I shouldn't constantly be in the shop with it. Other cons are its tiny,puts a whole new perspective on "mini"van. Good luck putting anything in the trunk space. Also it has no trade in value at all. My vans exterior/interior is perfect,has lower mileage and I can't even get $1500 for trade. Trading it in tomorrow for a Honda Odyseey. Im so done with Kia's.They are sold cheap for a reason,you get what you pay for.




Buyer beware!!!

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Vehicle: 2003 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Despite spotty reviews, we bought our van in 2005 because of the safety ratings. I now feel sick that we wasted so much money on this vehicle! I drive very little so the mileage is still low and we kept up on maintenance. Despite that the power steering has had ongoing issues, no air conditioning, the power accessories don't work, the electrical system has issues, the drivers side window leaks, one exterior door handle doesn't work,the cheap foil covering the inside handles flake off and cut our fingers, and the transmission is now going out. Once we were driving and parts from the inside wheel started falling out and bouncing down the road. We have wasted thousands in repairs. Do not buy!




Don't recommend

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Vehicle: 2003 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I've been driving my Kia Sedona for about 3 years now. I purchased it used and it's been pretty reliable and gets to where I'm going, but not comfortably. Like the others, the AC has never worked.My husband tried to put freon in it and it didn't work. The first 2 winters, the heat worked fine and now this year (coldest winter on record in our area) hot air only comes out of the rear heater and that doesn't really warm up the front even after it's been running for a while. The driver's door only opens from the outside because the inside handle broke. The driver side back door handle is broken on the outside. The sunroof leaks. Stay away. Not worth all the trouble!!!




Good relaible van

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Vehicle: 2003 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I Bought My Van New In May 2003 after researching it for 2 years when it first came out, i was Buying My 1st new Car ever and was 41 yrs. old. I got it loaded the ex, But Not Leather seats, as I hate them, I had no problems with it Other than the Door handles Kept breaking. Odd , But Kia replaced Under warranty free. Had 2 Recalls fixed. and Have taken extra good care of it. after it hit 50,000 started hearing an Odd Noise In front wheel suspension at 40mph. still cannot figure out what it is. and engine Lights on alot, and then goes off after like 3 miles. weird. A/C quit working last year, still Not working, Have had to Buy a few relays switches for several things, Tires wear on it bad.




Please stay away! i beg

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Vehicle: 2003 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

This has to have been the worst vehicle i have bought. Purchased 4/2/2010 with 52,000 miles. 40 days later I'm walking to work because engine blew and dealer wont fix it they blame me for changing the spark plugs. Before that in 3 weeks time it was in the shop 4 times first hub bearing went bad, then ac went out, then the van would just stall for no reason. They find nothing wrong. For people having this problem clean out the mass air flow sensor i found that out myself. Then a week later at 53,000 miles engine started knocking and smoking towed to the dealer and was told need new engine. Just the name KIA has lemon written all over it.Avoid the stress and steer clear. Very bad gas mileage.



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Full 2003 Kia Sedona Review

What's New for 2003

Minor upgrades are in store for the Sedona in its second year on the market. On the outside, buyers will find new taillights, and in the cabin, you'll note a new audio faceplate and a remote fuel-door release. The LX model gets a CD player, while the EX now comes with two keyless remotes, as well as additional leather on the armrests and lower portions of the seats. A trailer hitch is now available for all Sedonas.

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Talk About The 2003 Sedona

2003 Kia Sedona Discussions See all Started By

bvolks
bvolks
10-19-2002
I had a similar experience as I was ready to purchase a 2003 Sedona EX with everything and was told my numbers were off. I showed my salesman a print out from Edmunds with the 2002 MSRP/Invoice and T...


darren632
darren632
07-20-2011
i have a kia sedona 2003 i have just had the engine rebuild as it stoped running and will not start again and now the engine been rebuilt its still not starting. it trnes one time and thats it, its li...


youthink
youthink
01-07-2006
2003 Sedona purchased new, May 2003 from Jeff Wyler KIA in Fairfield, Ohio....



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