definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,250 miles

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2003 Kia Sedona electrical problems

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2003 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 222008


  • miles


I have a 2003 Kia Sedona and I have had nothing but issues. Anywhere from having to replace the alternator, which I will say was a pain in the butt...to major issues with the brakes. From reading many different sites this is not an uncommon issue!!!!!!!!!!!! it is just so frustrating that you purchase a van because they say it is great then you get this piece of junk. The sad thing is most people who own these are young couples with children and can not afford the repairs but have to pay for them and we are stuck with theses trash boxes because we have children and can not afford to go out and trade it in, lose our butts because they are not worth the money we owe on them. I can not afford to keep fixing this heap of junk but I am stuck with it. I hope that something gets done with these...they are worthless and my children are paying for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have not had a vehicle so bad in my life...I am tired of replacing the brakes, routers, and now the calipers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Topsham, ME, USA

problem #3

Mar 062008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
I purchased my 2003 Kia Sedona in November 2005. So far the following have been repaired or replaced: Front hub assembly left side once, right side 2X's, the alternator, the wiper motor, two recalls, the battery, now at 65,000 miles the transmission is shot and needs to be replaced and the timing belt has been replaced. However the warranty company says they wont replace it because the cost of the repair exceeds the value of the car. This is simply outrageous. I have brought the car to the dealer for every service needed. Transmission, oil filter ect.

- Mt. Ephraim, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 302007

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
I had gone to lunch and stopped by the grocery store first and then went by the gas station for a moment. When I came out, I got into my van and it would not crank. No warning, no prior trouble, noises, slow crank, nothing. It would not even attempt to crank. I had to walk back to work. Later that evening, my father came to look at it and we assumed it was a dead battery. We replaced the battery and the battery light as well as the break light remained on. My father suspected the alternator. We called the Kia dealership and they told us there had been a recall on alternators, but as usual, our VIN number did not show up as one recalled. $400 later, I am wondering why our vehicle was not on the recall list. We have spent nearly $2,000 on "warranty maintenance" just to make sure nothing goes wrong and if it does it should be covered. Unfortunately for us, we spent well over $1500 on our 60,000 mile maintenance to insure the warranty stays in affect just 3 months ago. Of course, we are told now that the alternator is not covered after 60,000 miles. Why am I paying so much money if nothing is going to be covered.

- Willacoochee, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 132007

Sedona 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Our Sedona has been unreliable from 15,000 miles on. I loose sleep over the fact that my wife and children are in this vehicle every day to get to and from school and other daily activities and errands. It is back in for service for the same re-occurring problem - a shot alternator. This is the fourth time this component has been damaged, twice before damaging the battery as well. I pride myself in keeping our vehicles serviced nearly to the recommended schedule, but this minivan is just not a quality built. I have read of other complaints, and similarly our minivan also bucks when idle at a traffic light, it bucks when traveling under 40 mph, and the air conditioning units are as load as an industrial type fan.

- Toa Alta, PR, USA

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