hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,942 miles

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2003 Kia Sedona engine problems

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2003 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 212015


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owned a 2003 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that while in park, the front of the vehicle caught fire. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012014


  • miles
I purchased the vehicle used. It drove just fine for the first several months, but eventually it would start sputtering like it was out of gas when it actually had gas in the vehicle. Eventually, it came to a point when it would run when it wanted to and stall when it wanted to. I took it to a service station to get it fixed and they could not recreate the problem to fix it. They gave me a couple of options what it could be, but told me that they were only 75% sure and it was going to cost nearly $1000 to fix. Well, I didn't have $1000 to fix some parts that they are only 75% sure about. I continued to drive it in town and it continued to stall and drive as it pleased. At this point, it acts like it wants to turnover, but won't start. I have researched and found that I am not the only person with this vehicle problem. Can't something be done?

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #1

Jul 032008

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 64,825 miles
I bought a 2003 Sedona used in 2007 with about 50000 miles and have nothing but problems ever since. 1st in 7/08 I went to a local shop (not Kia) because my engine seemed very loud. The mechanic told me I needed new motor mounts N that it was kind of unusual for a car to need them so soon. I did call Kia N ask them about this and was basically told to bad for you. So I had them fixed ($556.36). Not even a few weeks later my ac was blowing hot. Same mechanic told me my ac was out N that one of the hoses needed replaced. Had to wait a few years but had it replaced ($1050.72). Had my 1st brake job done in 2008 ever since I've had to have my brakes replace 2-3 yearly plus had to have new calipers. No one can tell me way the breakpads wear out so quickly. I dont drive a unusual amount. I've had to replace 2 interior door handle and now have a broken exterior handle. My air bag light stays on while I drive which scares me reading others airbag stories. When I try to fill my car with gas the pump will click off after a dollar or 2 like its full but its not. And just a week or so ago I was ob the highway with the cruuse control on all of a sudden I smelt this overpowering smell of gas. I pulled over and checked but didnt see anything wrong. Continued driving again smelled gas tried turning off the ac didnt help. Tried turning off the cruise control the smell instantly stopped. I hope that something can B done to help me and the others with Kia. I have some of my repair paperwork. If you have questions for me please call me.

- Porterville, CA, USA

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