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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,698 miles

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2005 Kia Sedona brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Kia Sedona Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #10

Feb 202007

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


New van purchased with 3 miles on it back to dealer on 3 separate occasions to deal with brake issues, shuttering and "moaning" sound. First time rotors cut and brakes "cleaned" (approx 5500 miles). Second time could not replicate the moaning sound (11300 miles). Third time replicated moaning sound coming from rear drums, dealer resurfaced drums (approx 11600 miles). Everything so far was under warranty so no cost was incurred up to this point. Replaced rotors and front pads due to regular maintenance 5 months ago (approx 23000 miles). Everything fine until 30000 mile service where brakes are adjusted (rear) and extreme shuttering occurs from rear (perhaps masked by not having properly adjusted rear brakes). Appears to be drums that are out of round. Will pay $125 each drum and apply myself as they are clearly out of warranty, but it seems that there is some inherent problem with the brakes on this van. 3500 lbs and too small of a braking system. This is my second new Kia Sedona and 3rd new Kia vehicle in three years. Love the brand - wish they'd fix the brake issue....this is going to get expensive now that it is out of warranty. Seems like the majority of complaints are for the brakes.

- Amsterdam, NY, USA

problem #9

Oct 242006


  • 25,000 miles
Consumer 2005 Sedona would not move forward or backward. Mechanic determined that it was the brakes. The consuemr believes the problem is with the transmission.

- Bolton, MS, USA

problem #8

Jun 012005

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
Purchased vehicle in 5/2005. Returned to dealer in August at 3500 miles, for brake noise. Was told the rotors were warped from sitting on the lot before the sale of the vehicle. Rotors were turned. Noise stopped for a month or so. Dealer went out of business, went to another dealer because of loud noise from brakes, sounded like a large truck when stopping. Initially was told the mechanic couldn't find anything wrong, but after test driving it, they replaced pads. Noise stopped briefly, but then the vehicle was over the 12K warranty for the brakes. I've had the car at my mechanics shop twice. He said the rear brakes are very large for this car, and front brakes are tiny with cheap shoes. Brakes make noise all the time, and the car shutters when stopping at high speeds or going downhill. Problem still not resolved.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #7

Oct 272005

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles


: the contact stated the rotors were warped because the rear brakes were not adjusted correctly causing the rotors and brake pads to be defective. The vehicle has been looked at five different times and the dealer was unable to resolve the issue. The vehicle has not been in an accident. The contact expressed the brakes were manufactured incorrectly.

- Lake Forest, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 032006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,700 miles
Breaks and rotors changed 5 times. ABS system replaced. Master cylinder replaced. Emergency break doesn't work either. Kia still doesn't know what is wearing my breaks and rotors in about every 10 days. Bought the van with 18 miles on it and this all started at 2700 miles. Van is going back in tomorrow. Rented two other Kia Sedonas 2005 and both had break problems.

- Greeley, AZ, USA

problem #5

May 102005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The day I purchased my 2005 Kia Sedona the radio stopped working. That was replaced, then the lighter went. Again the radio and then within the first three weeks the brakes and front end which has been the ongoing problems and concern to date. With numerous trips up until 9/05 and my taking it to yet another dealer 9/05-1/06 leading to it blowing out a tire and now them telling me all along of course that nothing is outside of "normal" or their fault etc. However buying this vehicle new and it sounding and like something I've never heard before (and I've driven for 20 years many types of cars new and very old!) let alone the way it shakes.. yet they always led me to believe I was nuts. They did replaced the rotors finally only after I took it to someone else who documented it needed it and I took it back with the paper work and that wasn't until August (I bought it in may) and they'd blown me off for two months. I've called Kia main office who also is making it not their problem it's a "normal" wear issue. There is no car that sounds and feels like this upon braking. Reading your site at least I know I'm not alone finally which is what *they* want you to think!

- Brodheadsville, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles


: the contact stated a month after the vehicle was purchased, a roaring sound was heard everytime the brakes were applied. The vehicle was taken to the dealer 4 times after this incident. The dealer determined the vehicle was operating normally. There was no incident of brake failure. There are also problems with adjusting the driver side seat backwards. The vehicle was taken to dealer in April 2006 who could not duplicate the problem. The dealer also located recalls for driver side seats but the VIN number of this vehicle was not included in the recall.

- Chuluota, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 092006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
: the contact stated while applying the brake, at any speed, the vehicle vibrates and makes a loud noise. The dealer made numerous attempts at isolating the problem by replacing the rear brake drums, rotors, and pads. The repairs have not corrected the problem. Updated 03/28/06

- Cleveland, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 262005

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,200 miles
1) vehicle shutters and makes roaring noise when braking down hill. Brakes overheat and slide and do not stop well. Vehicle shutters when braking under normal conditions but more so going down hill. 2) tires need balance and rotating every 2000 miles and rotors and brake pads need replacing every 2000-4000 miles. The back shoes are glazed over 3) first time rotors and pads were replaced and back shoes unglazed. Second time rotors turned and the brake pads were not removed and back shoes unglazed. Third time rotors and pads are going to be removed and back shoes unglazed. This vehicle has 7000 miles on it and the district manager of the dealership agrees this is excessive and he did not make me feel confident that it can be fixed. They are claiming this year and model had brake issues. On the fourth time I will sue for lemon law. This is unacceptable. I am in the process of writing a letter to the manufacturer. I have contacted the corporate office.

- Franklin, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 132005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles
A regular maintenance at the dealership caused a defect in my vehicle's brakes, a tire rotation defect and a steering problem(vehicle keeps on pulling to the right and brake pedal too soft and almost touches the floor when used-brake ineffective). The dealer did not show any signs of concern about the safety of the vehicle despite several attempts to address the issue. No choice but to contact company's headquarters.

- West Chester, PA, USA

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