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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,143 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Kia Sedona brakes problems

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2004 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 282005


  • 100 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Kia Sedona. Ever since purchasing the vehicle, the contact has heard a humming noise coming from the rear brakes while driving 10 mph. She has taken the vehicle to the dealer numerous times, but they could not find any failures. The contact stated that it sounds as if something is wrong with the rear braking system and is concerned of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 100 and current mileage was 45,000.

- Tortuga Indio, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 162005


  • 15,000 miles
We purchased a 2004 Kia Sedona in July of that year, and when we had 33,000 miles on it, it was on its third set of front brake pads and second set of rotors, the dealer never once told us there was a problem with the Kia brake system, and I called Kia and they told me they were not aware of any big problem with them, at that point I told the Kia representative that I will never purchase another Kia, and I went and traded my 2004 Sedona for a Chevrolet, and never will own a Kia again.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #7

Jan 152006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Kia Sedona. When the brakes are applied, the contact hears a grinding, squealing, and squeaking sound. The failure is heard when two or more people are in the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer a dozen times concerning this and, on six of those occasions, the sounds could not be duplicated. The braking system has been replaced twice; once at the contact's expense and once at the dealer's expense. The sounds ceased for approximately one week and then resumed. The current mileage was 53,891 and failure mileage was 30,000. Updated 12/31/07 the fuel tank pressure sensor was replaced due to the check engine light illuminating. Different parts within the brake system was replaced; such as the drums and rear brake shoes updated

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 052005

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles


We are writing to report a potentially dangerous situation with the 2004 *(and possibly other years) Kia Sedona. We purchase our vehicle new in daytona beach Florida and did not have a problem until we relocated to the mountains of western North Carolina. Since February of 2005 we have been attempting to safely rectify a problem with our car which now has approx 38,000. Miles on it. Our car fyi has never been in an accident and we are the only drivers and owners. We noticed in approx Jan of 2005 a severe cavitation in the vehicle when braking on a hill at a normal rate of speed. My husband immediately went to the local dealer, paramount Kia to have the vehicle examined and repaired. He was told that Kia was aware of a problem with the braking system and was unable to offer any assistance as the problem was not under warranty. In addition, the service manager at the dealership told us that many Kia Sedona owners were complaining of the same problem and that the problem was singular to the western North Carolina area due to unusual whether conditions. At that time the dealership could not tell us whether the car was safe to drive and was unable to offer any assistance in repairing the problem, as we were told that the replacement parts were the same parts that were supposedly causing the problem. My husband, unsatisfied by the poor answers (evasive in nature) went to another reputable mechanic and had on several occasions different parts of the braking system checked and then replaced as necessary. During the almost year that we have been having the problem we have been told repeatedly that Kia is aware of a braking system problem, but no recall has been initiated, no information letter has been sent out to let Kia Sedona owners know that there is a potential problem with the braking system.

- Fairview, NC, USA

problem #5

Mar 152005

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
: the contact stated at various speeds, the vehicle's front brakes made a screeching noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealership who determined that the front brake pads were worn and installed new pads. The vehicle returned to the dealer 4 months later, because the pads wore out prematurely and had to be replaced. This did not remedy the problem. On the 3rd visit, the dealer replaced the front calipers but the problem persisted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on 2 other occasions for front pad replacement, but the problem persisted. The manufacturer was not contacted.

- Huntington Park, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 142006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
We recently had to have brakes redone on our Kia Sedona with only 25,000 miles. We were told there was only 5 percent braking left. This is consistent with the vibrations we observed upon braking. We were told by the Kia service manager that the vehicle was very heavy in front and that was the reason for the extreme brake failure. We were also told they had to replace the brakes on a Sedona with only 13,000 miles. The service manager also said the brake wear was due to driving habits. As a comparison, we have a Ford Windstar, 1995 model, with about 140,000 miles and it had to have only one brake job. Another vehicle in our possession, a Nissan frontier with over 80,000 miles has not had to have the brakes redone. I feel this is a design problem with Kia Sedona and can lead to a safety issue.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #3

Sep 282005

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,250 miles



- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 202005


  • 8,487 miles
Kia Sedona rear outer bearings and/or hub assembly needing replaced. When the consumer arrived at the dealership, she informed the representative the left rear seat would not come out and the air bag light was on. When the consumer went to pick up the van and after going over the paperwork, she noticed only the air bag light was fixed and everything else the parts were on order. After getting another appointment, the consumer then told the dealer she was experiencing a pulsation when in the brakes. The dealer told the consumer the brakes were not a part of the warranty, however they would take the responsibility for the rotors, but the consumer would have to pay for the brake pads. The consumer stated the pulsation problem had never been fixed. The consumer was told now the rear brakes were pulsating.

- West Mifflin, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 302004

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,447 miles
Had engine and trans problems at 1200 mi. Found metal in engine and could not explain why. Have had recurring problems with brakes/rotors in which have had rotors replaced and new pads as well. Has had vibration in engine on other occasions in which found crack in spark plug. Interior lights would not work. My van would not start one day and had to have it towed to Kia in lex and they had it for several days and was never given a reasonable answer to what it was that caused it to not start. The dealership has been friendly and helpful, however to many occurrences for any new vehicle so plan to start litigation to declare it a lemon!

- Owenton, KY, USA

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