Like a lot of people, I got sucked in because, at first, the Kia Sedona seems like a good vehicle. This is probably why
it wins awards in "initial quality." Initial quality is fine if you don't plan to own it for more than a very short
Here are the problems I had with my 2002 Kia Sedona EX:
Gas Gauge – After filling up with gas, the gauge
immediately moved to half but took about five minutes to move from half to full. It also didn’t read accurately. While
driving, it slowly dropped (as would be expected). The problem here was, it showed only 1/2 a tank of fuel when it's
really 3/4 full.
Trip Computer / Overhead Console – The digital display for the various overhead console functions
was wrong. For instance, it showed time as 3:69 p.m. and the temp readings were preceded by a small L.
– On the left sliding doors, the plastic bushing busted off the center support brackets causing the door to bind.
Windshield Wipers – Completely failed when the connecting bushings fell apart.
Interior Door Handles –The handle
actuates a cable attached to the latch, allowing the door to open when the handle is pulled. The cable seemed to have
too much slack in it, making it difficult to open the door from the inside. The interior door handle on the left (in my
case, driver's) side simply broke off because it is non-reinforced plastic
Oil Usage – In just under 3,000 miles, it
leaked and/or burned about 3/4 of a quart. There's no evident leak, so I'm guessing that it was the latter.
Conditioner – Leaked refrigerant slowly and then ceased to function.
Engine – Jerked (or stalled) hard, threw on
check engine light but continued to run.
Paint – The paint beneath the rear window peeled. Clearcoat paint on piece
above license plate "alligatored" or "checked."
Airbag Light -- Airbag light was constantly lit.
Warning Lights –
Warning lights for charging system and brake never lit (bulbs test okay).
Charging System – This malfunctioned,
requiring replacement of alternator.
Acceleration – Sometimes ran at idle speed even when trying to accelerate
creating a very potentially dangerous sitation.
Glove Compartment Door – Failed to close entirely, allowing inside
light to stay on.
Cruise Control – Periodically shut off automatically and could not be turned back on until the
vehicle was stopped, shut off, and restarted.
Leather Cover – Peeled off of the shifter and had to be re-glued.
Sun Visors – Plastic broke causing mirror covers to fall out. They had to be replaced.