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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,414 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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2004 Kia Sedona brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 082004


  • 320 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Kia Sedona. While driving 40 mph, the contact had to slam on the brakes and the ABS failed. The ABS engaged for 1 1/2 seconds, disengaged for 5-6 seconds, and then re-engaged, causing the vehicle to slide 12 feet. The contact almost drove off the road before the brakes finally stopped the vehicle. The ABS failure occurred nine times from the date the vehicle was purchased. The harder she depresses the brake pedal, the longer it takes to stop the vehicle. After avoiding a crash, the contact drove straight to the dealer. Due to the rain, the dealer would not allow the technician to test drive the vehicle because a crash could result due to the brake failure. The failure mileage was 320.

- Indian Trail , NC, USA

problem #6

Mar 072006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
: the contact stated while applying brake pressure the brakes made a grinding noise. The dealership replaced the front and rear brakes and rotors however the problem still exists. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #5

Jan 222006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The rear of the vehicle began to produce a humming noise and it gradually got louder until the passenger side rear brake assembly and tire came out of the 2004 Kia Sedona.

- Maimi, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 142004

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Kia Sedona mini van. The contact stated their recall 03V158000 concerning ABS brakes was issued in 2003 for the 2003 Kia Sedona. This vehicle was having the same problem as stated in the recall. However the manufacturer will not include 2004 in the recall. Front ends shimmied while braking. She was concerned because the recall stated that this could cause extended stopping distances and result in a crash. Kia has turned the rotors and pads four times. While making a hard stop when coming off of a freeway the front end, steering wheel, and the entire vehicle shook and shimmied. The contact had this problem since the purchase of the vehicle on March 14, 2004. The dealership and manufacturer were not willing to repair the vehicle right now under the recall. She was in touch with arbitration, and with Consumer Affairs to possibly apply the lemon law for this vehicle. She has a letter that was written from Kia general sales manager, where she takes vehicle in for service. The letter stated: That 2003 recall came from Kia motor corporation not from dealership. Therefore, she might qualify for the lemon law. Also, told her to pursue the problem that way. The contact has copies of the letters available from the agencies that she corresponded with. The consumer also heard a ticking noise coming from the engine

- Wadsworth, NV, USA

problem #3

Jun 272005

Sedona 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,480 miles
In June 2005 the brakes made a humming noise for about three months. They have not caused any problems with stopping or any safety hazard problems at this time, but the owner was upset because the car was in the repair shop five times since June. The dealership said the problem could be caused by dirty brakes. But after cleaning the brakes the noise was still there. The dealership did not know why the brakes were making noise. A representative from Kia who drove the car and heard the noise. He said it was caused by dirty brakes. Kia will not do anything further than replace the brakes again.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #2

Jun 152004

Sedona 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
Took Kia, Sedona 2004 4 times to dealer for brake failure. The brakes squeaked a lot, and the problem has not been fixed properly. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer and the problem was fixed. But, then again one could hear a sound on the brakes. Consumer was taken back vehicle to dealer for the 5th time. To see what could be done. Also transmission when in drive around 5 mph, wanted to stop, then jumped to normal. Also when the car was idling in park or stopping it shook.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 212004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Consumer complained about a brake problem. The brakes locked up while the vehicle was coming to a stop. Vehicle made a large clanking sound when applying the brakes. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer. However, the dealer was unable to duplicate the problem. The consumer stated that the brakes have not worked properly since purchase.

- Escondido, CA, USA

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