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You are in the Kia Sedona
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Sep 20, 2003 (10:43 am)
Elt, I remember when people, including myself, used to think anything from Japan was a piece of tin. Now I feel like there will always be an Acura in my driveway, next to the Kia. It may be that the South Koreans are next in line for expanding the market. Even now, I've noticed a lot more Kias, Hyundais, even a few Daewoos on the road. At first I thought I was just noticing Sedonas because we have one, but that is not the case. You can't go into any shopping center parking lot these days and not see something from the good ol' ROK. A few years ago, I lauged when my cousin got her second Hyundai, now I realize that she may be on to something. Besides in the price range she wanted, it was new Hyundai or used whatever.
Admittedly, I was concerned about the lack of history behind my Kia, but like you said, that warranty speaks volumes about how the company is willing to stand behind its car.
#333 of 1373 integra driver- re KIA
Sep 24, 2003 (5:45 pm)
It is fun to go to the Korean Kia Website and look at the full array of Kia Inter city Buses , Military Vehicles, Jeeps, Rocket Launchers, Tanks and Armored Personnel Carriers.
It really does make you see that they have been doing this transportation stuff for a very long time.
They even have some appealling motor homes.
Sep 25, 2003 (2:52 pm)
Does anyone here have or had an oil leak on their 2002 Sedona? I've just got a minor leak right underneath the oil filter. Don't know where it's leaking from, but it doesn't seem like it's from the filter itself. I'm gonna be bring it in to check it out. Hope it's not something major or a manufacture defect.
#335 of 1373 oil leak- maybe normal spillage
Sep 25, 2003 (5:54 pm)
The oil filter normally leaves a big mess on the frame support directly under it.
there is enough spilled to leak off there for weeks.
the way i have stopped it is i get two good sized tube socks from my rag bag and lay one above and one below the frame rail to catch the oil when the filter spins off.
that way i get less mess.
this seems to work.
otherwise you get drips of teh spilled oil for many days.
Sep 27, 2003 (11:58 am)
Just got the Sedona back from her first (and hopefully last) warranty job. Apparently, the front passenger seat switch shorted out, and had to be replaced. Not a bad experience, the dealer had the part within a week, and I would have gotten in for the work sooner if it wasn't for Isabel. Once they had the van, it took only an hour or so before they called to say it was done.
#337 of 1373 Oil Leak and AC compressor
Sep 28, 2003 (4:51 am)
We drove our 2002 Sedona for roughly a year and a half (bought in 2001), or 25,000 miles, pretty much trouble free. Initially the windshield had a very large distortion in it and was replaced right away. Then spring 2003 the ac compressor began making loud ticking and squealing noises. A new one was ordered (which took months to come in). During that time I noticed oil spots on the ground. It turned out the head gasket was bad. The dealer replaced it only to have the second gasket leak before they returned it to me. After getting van back we drove it for a while (while waiting for the ac compressor). Recently I noticed oil once again on the ground. The ac compressor finally came in so the dealer addressed both problems. They replaced the ac compressor and asked that I drive the van a few days. They cleaned the motor and wanted to have a better view where the oil leak was coming from. The next day the NEW ac compressor failed and the oil leak was even worse. It turns out that the head is leaking once again. If the heads are bad they will be replaced. If the block is warped then I expect to get a motor replacement. A plug for Kia and the dealer (so far) Both have been very good at honoring the warrantee. The dealer has provided a loaner car without hassle. Let's hope the van can be fixed correctly as we really do like it.
Sep 28, 2003 (10:12 pm)
Brought the van in on Friday for the checkout and ended up it was just a bad seal on the oil filter that was leaking. They replaced the filter free of charge. At the time when i brought it in, they weren't sure what the problem was and how long it would take, so they were nice enough to give me a loaner for the day. Great people to deal with at Kia in Burnaby.
#339 of 1373 Rust Update - 2
Sep 29, 2003 (5:21 am)
I will be taking my 2002 Sedona in to have them look at the rear hatch rust developing AGAIN around the tailgate chrome bar above the license plate. They repainted the door once, but the rust is beginning to show through in the exact same spots - around the ends of the chrome bar and underneath right above the license plate.
They fixed it once and knew it was their problem - I suspect they are going to do it again for the same reason.
Just as an aside - since I had it repainted I have made a concerted effort not to use that chrome bar to close the tailgate.
This is really my only issue with this van so far. Otherwise it has performed very well.
I would suggest the synthetic oil for future use - I had that placed in there last time and the van is running very very well.
#340 of 1373 Squeeky driver seat
Sep 29, 2003 (5:32 am)
At about 4 weeks / 800 miles my Sedona developed a loud squeek. Braking, accelerating, turning corners, or just moving in the seat caused it to complain loudly.
The dealer serviced the vehicle quickly, agreed the seat was defective, and ended up replacing it after a few hours toying with the old one. The new seat was solid & quiet.
Now at 1100 miles the new seat is making a few much milder noises. We'll probably wait for the 3000 mile oil change to have it looked at.
#341 of 1373 Squeaky Seat
Sep 29, 2003 (5:59 am)
I also had a obnoxiously squeaky seat. I purchased my 2003 EX in June. After the first 100 miles the problem got worst everyday. They tried several times to fix it but eventually replaced the entire seat. The base in which the seat attaches was totally scratched up upon the replacement seat work being completed. I have had several little noise issues and a fuse box cover that refuses to stay on as well as a speed control button that melted when touched by a hand that had sun screen on it. Mechanically, the van has been fine.