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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,148 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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2005 Kia Sedona engine problems

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2005 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 042015


  • 185,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle suddenly experienced unintended acceleration and the speed increased without the accelerator pedal being depressed. The driver forcefully applied the brakes to stop the vehicle. After restarting the vehicle, the failure continuede. The vehicle was examined by an independent mechanic who was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 185,000.

- Baxley, GA, USA

problem #5

Nov 112015


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that the vehicle lost power while driving at various speeds and the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle position sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 95,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

May 152014


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. While driving into a parking space with the brake pedal depressed, the vehicle suddenly accelerated forward and crashed into a metal trash dumpster. On another occasion, while the contact was depressing the brake pedal and approaching a traffic light, the vehicle experienced unintended acceleration. The vehicle sped into a busy intersection and nearly caused a crash. In addition, while reversing into a storage space, the vehicle experienced unintended acceleration and crashed into a brick wall. The dealer cleaned the throttle, but the failures continued. There were no injuries. The manufacturer was notified. The speed was unknown. The failure mileage was 87,000.

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 032014


  • 101,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the engine rpms increased excessively as the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact stated that the brakes were depressed and failed to respond. The contact diagnosed that the throttle cable was stuck and as a result, the throttle assembly would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number : 05V329000 (vehicle speed control). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 101,000.

- South Williamsport, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 302005

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,590 miles
The contact stated check engine light came on while driving, and the vehicle stalled. After a while it restarted. Contacted dealership, they advised the contact to bring the car in. On the way to the dealership the vehicle stalled nine times. The dealership adjusted the idling and the vehicle was repaired. Less than a week later the check engine light came on again, and the car did not stall. Called the dealership; they said it was the throttle sensor. The parts were unavailable until the next week. The dealership assured her that the vehicle would not stall until it could be repaired. The car stalled again while taking it to the dealership. The dealership was able to reproduce the problem and they replaced the throttle body sensor. A few days later, while driving the engine sounded as if it was revving. Contacted the dealership again, took the car in the same day, . this time they could not reproduce this problem. While driving the car the check engine light came on and the car stalled seven more times.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jun 202005

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 297 miles
The consumer owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. She purchased the vehicle on 6-20-05, and twenty minutes after she drove the car off the lot, the radio quit working along with the ignition light illuminating. The consumer took the vehicle back to the dealership, and they could not service the car that day but made an appointment to come back on 6-22-05. The dealership kept the vehicle for three days. On 7-26-05 the brake went all the way to the floor and made a loud ticking noise while turning. The consumer took the vehicle to another dealership for repairs, and they resurfaced the brakes and the ignition. On 7-31-05 the brakes failed. The consumer tried to pump the brakes and they would not catch. To keep from hitting the vehicle in front, she veered to the left and ran onto the median, causing two blow outs on the driver's front and rear. The consumer had the vehicle towed to aaa, and they replaced one of the tires and placed the spare on the vehicle. There where no injuries in this accident. Also, one of the tires in the accident looked as if someone had taken a knife and cut the tire. The cut was so clean that the dealership refused to repair the tire or the rim. The consumer had to buy a new tire and rim. On 8-18-05 the van was taken back to Kia, . the consumer was given a rental car. The consumer had gotten the vehicle back on August 28, 2005. On 8-19-05 the consumer received a recall letter concerning the gas pedal and braking problems. (11/30/05) the emission light had come on and smoke was seen coming from under the vehicle, there was a loud ticking sound heard when turning the steering and a coil was repaired as a result, the grease seal leaked and there was a hesitation when the vehicle kicked into gear.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

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