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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,279 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Kia Sedona brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 172009


  • 70,000 miles


Hoses, lines corroded leaking coolant all over the garage and car overheating only 4 years old. Break lines in rear very corroded and ready to fail. Replace asap, mechanic says.

- Frankfort, IL, USA

problem #7

Oct 222008


  • miles
I have a 2003 Kia Sedona and I have had nothing but issues. Anywhere from having to replace the alternator, which I will say was a pain in the major issues with the brakes. From reading many different sites this is not an uncommon issue!!!!!!!!!!!! it is just so frustrating that you purchase a van because they say it is great then you get this piece of junk. The sad thing is most people who own these are young couples with children and can not afford the repairs but have to pay for them and we are stuck with theses trash boxes because we have children and can not afford to go out and trade it in, lose our butts because they are not worth the money we owe on them. I can not afford to keep fixing this heap of junk but I am stuck with it. I hope that something gets done with these...they are worthless and my children are paying for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have not had a vehicle so bad in my life...I am tired of replacing the brakes, routers, and now the calipers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Topsham, ME, USA

problem #6

Aug 132005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
Car has been huge headache bought new in 2003 has been towed twice for leaking coolant lines that rusted out. Last time was on vacation Kia has not returned on phone call or E-mail as it cost me 300 dollars and car is under bumper to bumper warranty has 34K miles. Drivers door handle broke and airbag light was on fixed by dealer. One brake pad lining fell off at 25K miles replaced myself. Most important we had a rear tire blow out at 60 mph in three lanes of traffic. Tire shredded apart with 28K miles and was New York inspected 2 months earlier. Other back tire bubbled out on one side and made the car shudder. Replaced tires myself but please investigate this car now I am really worried after reading about the airbags not deploying.

- Holland, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 232003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 230 miles


: the contact stated that the vehicle experienced continuous brake problems. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times who repaired or replaced the brakes and rotors every time problems reoccurred. The dealer determined that the problems were due to normal wear and tear although the vehicle's problems occurred 2 months after the vehicle was purchased. The manufacturer was contacted and would not state the cause of the problem. The contact believes that the problems are a manufacturer defect.

- Lexington, NC, USA

problem #4

Jul 222005

(reported on)


  • miles
2003 Kia Sedona developed problems with the brake equipment. The consumer noticed loud noises and brake pedal fade when the brakes were applied. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on three different occasions but each time the problem persisted.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #3

Oct 072004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
When applying the brakes from low speeds, the pedal intermittently went to the floor. As a result extended stopping distance occurred. Kia replaced the brakes and the consumer had not experienced a brake problem since.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 132004


  • 38,000 miles
While driving 45 mph brakes failed.

- Holtsville, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 112003


  • miles
While driving at 55 mph there was a loud noise, like a motorcycle, coming from right brake on passenger's side. Dealer had inspected vehicle and could not duplicate or correct the problem.

- Nashua, NH, USA

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