2004 Kia Sedona Consumer Review: Still going strong at 120,000

2004 Kia Sedona - Consumer Review

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EX Passenger Minivan (3.5L V6 5-speed Automatic)

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Still going strong at 120,000 miles.
By frugal_driver on


2004 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


I have previously posted here as FRUGAL DRIVER (see below). This van, bought in 07 with 64K, is still going strong as a half ton hauler and work van. Today its going 750 miles (and back in three days) in my wife's hands to take KID MARK I to university for the first time. Had a/c fixed--damage inflicted on a hose by an idiot.

Now that the OBAMA CAFE rules have effectively removed small pickups (Chev 10, Ford Ranger)
& the old vans (ASTRO etc) from the US market, what are you doing to drive?

This van will haul a half ton well.
It takes abuse if you maintain it well. Drive it gently.

This vehicle was originally built as a light truck for the S. Korean Army (02-06 model). Its tuff.

Best Features

Body on frame chassis. Rated to carry 1157 lbs, and tow 3500lbs. Tranny cooler. Fridid A/c. 8 inch clearance. TWO side doors (one more than an old ASTRO) and rear hatch. Will take 48" stock, 8' - 12' lumber. Low insurance cost--solid, like the 1970's BENZ. DO: (1) check tire pressures frequently to ensure 15 mpg (local); 20 mpg highway. Gas consumption rises quickly if you don't. DO: (2) read my previous posts on keeping the maintenance cost to a pittance. DO: (3) AVOID the dealers except for OEM tranny fluid. DO (4) perform regular maintenance (all fluids) regularly. DO (5) use full synthetic oils at the correct viscosity, OEM tranny fluid, top rated tires w/full size spare.

Worst Features

RADIO / CD player has controls that only a double jointed chimpanzee would enjoy using. SWAP OUT or keep it on one station. SPEAKERS (six) are worth keeping. No need to replace. Like all cars with electronic windows, the driver's side breaks first....rain guards recommended if you want to have the window open a crack and stay dry inside. Lots of plastic parts on lights and inside which crack in time. Keep the pieces and the glue bottle handy. WATCH OUT FOR THE REAR BLIND SPOTS or get a rear view camera. I had a FULL SIZE TREE actually MOVE ON ME, TWICE at my house of worship. Same thing happened with a mail box.
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