really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,180 miles

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2004 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 012014


  • 96,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Kia Sedona. While driving approximately 40 mph, the speedometer fluctuated and seized intermittently. In addition, the vehicle would accelerate independently. In order to prevent the failure, the contact had to drive at a slower speed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 05V329000 (vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #8

Jan 172013


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that while exiting a car wash, she shifted from neutral to drive with the brake pedal depressed when the vehicle suddenly accelerated on independently. The vehicle then traveled over a curb before crashing into a tree. The vehicle continued to accelerate and came to a stop when the front and rear tires became flat and the contact shifted into neutral. Both the contact and a front passenger sustained bruising from the crash and were transported via ambulance to a hospital for treatment of their injuries. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #7

Feb 022012


  • 100,000 miles
This has happened 3 times, the latest in November while on the interstate, during rush hour, going 60 miles per hour. My van keeps dying while I'm driving whether it was a sensor or out of gas, whatever the reason, when power goes out, the brake locks up and I have no control to slow down or stop the van. It has to coast until it stops on its own. The last time took me a mile and half to finally stop. This is very dangerous and could cause injury/and or death if there are other vehicles in front of me.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #6

Oct 042012

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 100,900 miles


Driving in mountains in southwest in October using cruise control at 60 mph. The cruise was disengaged by the driver as a turn approached. Vehicle suddenly accelerated fully. Brakes did not slow it and they became unresponsive. Driver put vehicle in neutral and engine continued to rev past 6000 RPM's. in neutral, vehicle was able to coast to a stop. After a tow to a repair shop, the mechanic found the cruise control assembly broke and the cable connected to the throttle recoiled pulling the throttle wide open. The mechanic disengaged the cruise control cable from the throttle and the vehicle could be driven normally without cruise.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #5

Aug 222009


  • 88,000 miles
Complaint 10281505 previously filed. Sedona had throttle cable replaced in October 05 as part of Kia service recall. Problem same as in complaint 10139518 from Sept 2005 reported incident. The 2005 and this 2009 incident did not occur in the winter in freezing conditions.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 222009


  • 88,000 miles
Kia Sedona 2004 traveling about 30 mph with gentle acceleration. Car without using accelerator sped up to 40+ mph and brakes could not stop car. Car stopped by pulling over and turning off engine.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 062008

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,799 miles


Bad misfire in motor causing the cruise control to turn off and trans to slam out and then back into over drive, came close to getting hit in the rear on I-95. I have had this van back to Kia miney times and its still not fix. All so the last time I had the van for service I complained abut a bearing noise they did not fix it the noise is getting worse.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 082005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,717 miles
Driving vehicle as normal on rte 1 North. Attempted to slow vehicle to stop at amber colored light before intersection with E. grand ave, vehicle traveling over 5 mph but under 10 mph at this time, applied brakes, vehicle did not slow down. Pumped brakes and pushed brake pedal to floor of vehicle to no avail, vehicle still moving, maintaining speed, and about to travel through red light at intersection, also applied emergency brake, vehicle did not stop, vehicle proceeded through red light and collided with another vehicle traveling East bound on E.grand avenue, after collision turned off vehicle, vehicle restarted, tested brakes on side of road, brakes were applied but did not function normally, when brakes were applied they hesitated and you could still push pedal to floor without stopping vehicle. Turned off car again and restarted for later testing by police officer. Later testing showed brakes "appeared" to function normally. Car was driven to dealer for further testing, observing brakes jerking and hesitating. Car had not demonstrated this behavior prior to incident. Mechanic called in specialist, as per manufacturer, to make assessment of brakes. Recall notice received for defective throttle, producing same effect as demonstrated at incident. Informed mechanic of recall notice upon receipt, recall repaired as per dealer mechanic. Car has not produced same effect since.

- Carteret, NJ, USA

problem #1

Aug 092005

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,200 miles
The caller received a recall letter but can't get repair work done. Dealer said they did have the parts to fix it. Throttle cable and wheel barings faiked. Dealer said parts were on back order. Manufacturer has not been contacted yet.

- Martinez, GA, USA

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