definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,260 miles

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2004 Kia Sedona engine problems

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2004 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 012010


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Kia Sedona. While driving at speeds of 70 mph the vehicle would continuously make a jerking motion and stall without warning; however, the problem would occur intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they could not duplicate the failures and released the vehicle back to the owner. The vehicle continued to stall intermittently without warning. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer a second time and again they could not duplicate the failure. He then took the vehicle to an independent mechanic who also could not determine the cause of the failure. On the third attempt, a specialist at the dealership stated that the emissions sensor and the throttle valve were replaced; however, the failure persisted. There were no additional repairs performed and there were no recalls on the vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000 and the current mileage was 98,000.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #7

Aug 202007

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Kia Sedona. In June of 2007, while backing out of the driveway at an unknown speed, the vehicle stalled. The failure dates were August 20, 2007 at 74,200 miles and September 9, 2007 at 77,450 miles. When the contact approached a traffic light, the brakes were depressed and the vehicle stalled on March 28, 2008. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled again at 83,000 miles. The contact was near a Napa auto parts store and pulled into the parking lot. A mechanic inspected the vehicle to identify the cause of the failure, but was unsuccessful. The contact called two different Kia dealers to attempt to diagnose the failure, but they were also unsuccessful. The failure mileage was 70,000 and current mileage was 83,400. Updated 04/29/08

- Rosburg, WA, USA

problem #6

Sep 012006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
: the contact stated the engine died without warning. The service dealer determined the engine short block needed to be replaced to fix the issue.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 152005

Sedona 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


Check engine light on. Engine was knocking. Called the dealer 3 times and each time they tried to tell me it was my gas cap not locked on properly. When I finally brought it in they had to do an entire tune up because a plug was misfiring.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #4

Mar 142004

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Kia Sedona mini van. The contact stated their recall 03V158000 concerning ABS brakes was issued in 2003 for the 2003 Kia Sedona. This vehicle was having the same problem as stated in the recall. However the manufacturer will not include 2004 in the recall. Front ends shimmied while braking. She was concerned because the recall stated that this could cause extended stopping distances and result in a crash. Kia has turned the rotors and pads four times. While making a hard stop when coming off of a freeway the front end, steering wheel, and the entire vehicle shook and shimmied. The contact had this problem since the purchase of the vehicle on March 14, 2004. The dealership and manufacturer were not willing to repair the vehicle right now under the recall. She was in touch with arbitration, and with Consumer Affairs to possibly apply the lemon law for this vehicle. She has a letter that was written from Kia general sales manager, where she takes vehicle in for service. The letter stated: That 2003 recall came from Kia motor corporation not from dealership. Therefore, she might qualify for the lemon law. Also, told her to pursue the problem that way. The contact has copies of the letters available from the agencies that she corresponded with. The consumer also heard a ticking noise coming from the engine

- Wadsworth, NV, USA

problem #3

Jul 302004

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,447 miles
Had engine and trans problems at 1200 mi. Found metal in engine and could not explain why. Have had recurring problems with brakes/rotors in which have had rotors replaced and new pads as well. Has had vibration in engine on other occasions in which found crack in spark plug. Interior lights would not work. My van would not start one day and had to have it towed to Kia in lex and they had it for several days and was never given a reasonable answer to what it was that caused it to not start. The dealership has been friendly and helpful, however to many occurrences for any new vehicle so plan to start litigation to declare it a lemon!

- Owenton, KY, USA

problem #2

Jun 212005

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,308 miles
The vehicle stalled intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on March 30, 2004. After the engine stalled the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle then sputtered and lost power but slowly regained it. Took vehicle to dealer for this problem at least 6 times. Kia says that a cylinders is misfiring, plugging wires are cross firing. The dates of failure are April 13, 2004, August 13, 2004, October 19, 2004 and March 11, 2005, May 12, 2005 and finally June 21, 2005. The consumer stated that his families lives have been in danger three times.

- Winnabow, NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 202004

Sedona 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,323 miles
2004 Kia sorento leaks oil. Four times in for service, latest time January 5, 2005. Twice dealer replaced oil plug gasket. Last time in dealer service dept says problem is caused by defective designed oil filters. Dealer goes on to say Kia aware of problem and going to redesign oil filter. Dealer does not know when new filter is going to be available. In mean time my 2004 sorento continues to leak oil. Fumes from oil burning on hot engine causing me headaches and nausea. Don't believe dealer explanation. Used to have a 2003 sorento which Kia replaced because of major engine problems. Now the replacement vehicle (2004 sorento) has oil leaking problems that are unresolved by dealer. Going to take in again because fumes so strong it makes it undriveable except as a last resort. Believe engine in 2003 sorento is same type engine in 2004 sorento. Oil leaking in the 2003 wasn't an issue. Only in this sorento 2004.

- Hertford, NC, USA

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