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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

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2005 Kia Sedona Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

Apr 062011

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


2005 Kia Sedona brake system is not safe. I have replaced the front pads, calipers, wheel bearing, and disks multiple times. Wheel bearing and calipers were frozen and needed to be replaced.

- New Braunfels , TX, USA

problem #29

May 022009


  • miles
I got my 2005 Kia Sedona in 5/2006 used. Since that time, I have had to have the brakes replaced (pads and rotors) at least 6 times, have had to have 4 sets of tires and have had to have the air conditioning replaced. The compressor in the A/C went completely out in 2009. This is all in addition to: Replacing spark plugs, fans, etc etc. I have spent a huge amount of money on this van and it still shakes, pulls etc and the brakes are about to have to be replaced again.

- Bowdon, GA, USA

problem #28

Jun 072009


  • 31,000 miles
I own a 2005 Kia and we have replaced the brakes several time because it squeals and moans and they shake the car when applied but replacing them doesn't seem to help.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #27

Jan 072010


  • miles


I have a 2005 Kia Sedona ex and the brakes have always been a little weak for the vehicle but after having brake issues with the rotors glazing (becoming to hot) and having to replace pads way to often about every 6-8 thousand miles I decided to go online and look up issues and it seems that model year has had severe brake issues that Kia knows about and says they are working on an upgrade that the owner can purchase but yet none have been released to date. Multiple owners complaining of exact same issues regarding the braking system being way to small for the vehicle weight and I thought this needed to be at least brought to your attention. Kia's fix is to replace rotors and pads but the vehicles have the exact same symptoms within short period of time.. this could and almost has caused me to be in an accident. Love the van hate the brake system and am currently investigating the use of aftermarket drilled and slotted brake rotors to reduce heating issues.. I am 37 yr old with a wife and 7 year old son and I don't drive my van hard but when I need it to stop I expect it to stop...

- Milwaukie, OR, USA

problem #26

Aug 172009


  • miles
I own a 2005 Kia Sedona with the same brake problems as the other complaints. The dealer replaced them up until the warranty ran out and now it all comes out of my pocket. I've had the brakes done at least 5 times on this vehicle and this is ridiculous. Does someone need to die in order for this to be corrected?? the entire front end shakes and stutters horribly and every time I've been told my brakes/rotors need replaced.

- Homerville, OH, USA

problem #25

Jul 042009


  • 25,000 miles
I have a 2005 Kia Sedona van with less than 34,000 miles. I have been pulsating problem in what I thought was my brakes but now know that it is the rotors on my van. When driving especially on the highway when I apply my brakes the shaking and pulsation makes me think I will not be able to stop. After doing some research on the internet I find that many Sedona owners have had the same problems. I took it in to my local Kia dealer today(7/28/2009) and they told me that yes many have this problem but it is not something that is covered with my warranty. I have to have them replaced or turned at a cost to me of some $400. Why when so many people are having this issue why has no one issued a recall to find out why this is happening. I am just as frustrated as the other owners trying to resolve this issue. I guess it is going to take a few people getting hurt or killed before this issue can be resolved.

- Lakewood, WA, USA

problem #24

Jul 272009


  • miles


I am writing a complaint about the rotors and brakes on my 2005 Kia Sedona. I know many others that own the same type of van and are having the same problem. I have taken it in the dealer and they have told me that they know and are aware of the problem but there is nothing they can do. They have told me that the rotors need to replaced and that the brakes also need to be. I have taken it in several time to have my brakes checked and have been told that they are fine and that there is something wrong with the rotors and that it is a dealer problem. I would like for this to be looked into more as to I would not want to have an accident with such a problem to my van.

- Fort Richardson, AK, USA

problem #23

Oct 252005


  • 7 miles
From the first day I drove my 2005 Kia Sedona off the lot it has vibrated when the brakes are used. Even after having them replaced it continues to vibrate so I did not realize it was a big big problem until I started to read the reports on it now I cannot wait till I have it paid for so I can buy something else...the brakes also make a moaning noise and/or squealing noise...this is not all the time but it is aggravating...will no buy Kia product again...the only reason I got this one was there was not much choice after katrina hit and now I am stuck with it for a few more years...why won't they find a fix for it before some one is really hurt.

- Hahnville, LA, USA

problem #22

May 052007


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. The contact felt a pulsating sensation when braking, which caused the entire vehicle to shake. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the brakes and rotors were replaced under warranty. The brakes have been replaced numerous times. The failure mileage was 12,000 and current mileage was 48,000.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #21

Jan 052009


  • miles
Brakes squealed at slower speeds. Brakes replaced using Kia parts twice in 2 years. Eventually, braking at high speeds (over 35mph & on hwy) caused van to shake excessively, and steering wheel to vibrate, along with return of squealing noise at lower speeds. Kia parts used again to replace brake discs, rotors 01/09. Within one month the squealing and then shaking problems returned. Goodyear found other reports of this same problem and replaced the Kia parts with an upgraded aftermarket brand of parts. No problems since! we have also had to replace tires 3 times before this latest fix.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #20

Sep 022008


  • 15,000 miles


I own a 2005 Kia Sedona that I purchased new. I put the first set of brakes on it at 15,000 miles. It now has 52,000 and I'm going to have to put the fifth set on. I contacted Kia directly and they told me their wasn't a recall but there was a brake system upgrade that I could purchase. I asked if they were aware of a brake problem and they said only in certain areas, depending on the terrain. I am 32 years old and have never seen nothing like this and I have always lived here. At 52,000 miles I should just now be putting on the first set of brakes.

- Dalton, GA, USA

problem #19

Feb 172006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. Whenever the contact attempts to stop the vehicle, the brakes begin to make a moaning sound. The contact only noticed the sound while braking at low speeds. He did not notice any differences beforehand and the vehicle has been diagnosed by the dealer several different times. The rotors and brake pads were replaced. The VIN was unknown. The current mileage was 25,000 and failure mileage was 100. Updated 09/17/08. Updated 09/24/08.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #18

Aug 232006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,399 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. Two weeks after purchasing the vehicle, the front end brakes began vibrating and shaking when they were applied. The vehicle has been to the dealer on three different occasions, and the front brakes and rotors were replaced twice. The purchase date and speed were unknown. The current mileage was 26,657 and failure mileage was 13,399.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #17

Nov 022005

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. While driving 50 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal and the front end of the vehicle shook violently. The dealer stated that the cause of failure was unknown, however, they replaced the rotors. The failure continued and the drums and pads were replaced. This did not correct the failure and the vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was 42,000 and failure mileage was 4,000. Updated 12/12/2007 the consumer stated Kia does not have a fix for this and denies there is a problem. Updated 12/12/07

- Brentwood, NY, USA

problem #16

Jun 012006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,086 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. While driving 25 mph, the contact heard a grinding noise and the brakes vibrated when they were applied. The dealer stated that the weight of the vehicle was too heavy for the braking system and caused the brakes and rotors to warp. The brakes and rotors were replaced, however, the failure recurred four more times. The failure mileage was 4,086 and current mileage was 17,000.

- Cranford, NJ, USA

problem #15

Aug 012005

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
Have a 2005 Kia Sedona and the van has 22,000 and has been in the repair shop for brake problems over 6 times. Since 8/05 has been back in for service for oil leaks, remote problems, tire problems. The rotors have been changed, the pads, everything has been done but after a little time passes the noise and the pulsating comes back. The van starts to pull when you go to put on the breaks and it makes noises. Keep bring it back to the dealership and they fix it with new brakes, rotors, pads but the problem keeps coming back and back. Should not have had to replace the brakes and pads, and rotors so many times with very little mileage on it. Updated 12/12/07

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #14

Mar 012007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. While driving 5 mph the front brakes would squeak and grind. The dealer stated there was no failure with the brakes, however; the brakes were replaced. The brakes operated normal after being replaced but the failure returned after two months. The VIN, engine size and cylinders were unknown. The failure mileage was 2,500. The current mileage was 30,000.

- Leicester, NC, USA

problem #13

Aug 222006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,934 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that the brakes would grind when the brake pedal was depressed. The brakes were replaced at the failure mileage (28,934 miles) and again at the current mileage (52,773).

- Oklahoma City , OK, USA

problem #12

Oct 272005

Sedona 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
From the beginning of the purchase in October, 05, I have had pulsating brakes that don't want to stop on contact. The local dealer informed me there was a part coming out to replace/repair and as soon as it was out, I would be one of the first to get my vehicle fixed. Every 3-4 000 miles at oil change and tire rotation, I have had work done on my brakes and Kia has covered the cost. Every time I go in and complain, they fix the problem and tell me it's still in "process". when my vehicle rolled over 60,000 miles, the warranty expired and now Kia is telling me they will no longer cover the cost to repair this ongoing manufacture problem.

- Candler, NC, USA

problem #11

Feb 012006

Sedona 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. The front brake system was replaced at 6,000 miles and 12,000 miles. The repair shop was unable to diagnose the failure. The brakes continued to make a grinding noise and smelled as if they were burning. The repair shop cleaned the brakes on several occasions and found glaze spots on the brakes. The contact has copies of the repair invoice. The current mileage was 22,000. Update 4/9

- Rogers, AR, USA

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