really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,602 miles

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2005 Kia Sedona electrical problems

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2005 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #13

Dec 192016


  • 240,000 miles


The contact owned a 2005 Kia Sedona. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly shut off and the brakes and power steering no longer functioned. The contact ran off the road into a ditch. The vehicle caught fire and exploded. A fire report was filed and the fire department extinguished the fire. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The origin of the fire was undetermined. The approximate failure mileage was 240,000.

- Belton, SC, USA

problem #12

Dec 132014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. The contact stated while driving 5 mph, the steering wheel turned in a full circle several times independently. The air bag warning light illuminated and the horn sounded prior to the engine shutting off. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #11

Feb 082012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that the door locks would sporadically function independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice where the locks were replaced but the failure persisted. The contact stated that the dealer replaced the front driver's side door actuator twice however, after the second failure the dealer advised that the vehicle needed an updated version on the actuator. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 81,000.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #10

Aug 252012

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Started the vehicle and smelled something burning. Black smoke was coming from the passenger rear by the window. The entire passenger rear side of van burnt and melted. Caught seat on fire too. Fire department said it was electrical maybe started in the rear ac unit. Van was totaled.

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #9

Feb 042011


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Sedona. Three hours after routine maintenance was completed, the vehicle caught fire. The fire started in the drivers side door and underneath the drivers seat. No one was injured. The vehicle was destroyed. The fire department extinguished the fire and stated that it was electrical. A report was filed. The insurance company was called. The manufacturer informed her that they needed to see pictures and the fire report before they could investigate. The failure mileage was 76,000.

- Worcester, NY, USA

problem #8

Jun 092010


  • 89,000 miles
My drivers side power window was not always coming up or down I brought it in to the Kia dealership and they said the switch had melted. They also put in a new motor for the power window. Totaling $689 and the warranty isn;T there to help us. It was a second hand van. We are concerned since it is a 2005 Kia Sedona and its thus only 5 yrs old and that the fact it melted after over heating.

- Amesbury, MA, USA

problem #7

Mar 092007

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I own a 2005 Kia sodona van, I have had problems with it "hesitating" and "cutting off' while driving the vehicle. The vehicle has been repaired numerous times, but the dealership can not locate the source of the problem.

- Sturats Draft, VA, USA

problem #6

Oct 302006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,141 miles
I have had my Kia Sedona in the shop 5 times now due to it blowing fuses under the hood, the dealer says there is nothing wrong and they just keep replacing the fuses. Seems to me there is a electrical problem somewhere, I am worried this can become a potential fire hazard.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #5

Oct 072006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,100 miles
: the contact stated while driving 70 mph on the highway, the vehicle stalled without warning. It was pushed off the road and restarted. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. This occurred twice. The first time the dealer reworked the grounds to the front area module. After the second occurrence the dealer replaced the throttle position switch. 2005 Kia Sedona. Updated 10/30/2006 -the vehicle stalled a third time and the vehicle was towed to the dealer. The vehicle is still at the dealer because that cannot find the caused of the stalling. The passenger side sliding door would not stay closed.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 042006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,795 miles
July 2006 I noticed a smell of burning brakes or something similar. But after I turned the vehicle off for an hour the smell disappeared. Then on July 4th 2006 we were 10 miles from home and noticed the radio turned off, then a few more miles the gauges all turned off, then by the time we got off the freeway, the car turned off. We then turned it back on, the radio and gauges all worked until we drove to the dealer which was closed so we drove one more mile to a safe place to park. At this time the car was completely dead. We looked in the engine, the fuse box was smoking and when opened, all the fuses were melted down and all the wires were melted too. We then got it towed to the dealer the next day 7/5/06. The car has now been at the dealer for over a week and half, and will not be ready until next week. I am hoping the new wiring they put in doesn't burn again. This is the second major trouble with this new car under 9000 miles. The first trouble was one week after buying the new car with 3 miles on it. Drove into my driveway at home on a steep hill to find I had no brakes. The trouble was a kinked brake line that broke... very scary.

- New Lenox, IL, USA

problem #3

May 102005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The day I purchased my 2005 Kia Sedona the radio stopped working. That was replaced, then the lighter went. Again the radio and then within the first three weeks the brakes and front end which has been the ongoing problems and concern to date. With numerous trips up until 9/05 and my taking it to yet another dealer 9/05-1/06 leading to it blowing out a tire and now them telling me all along of course that nothing is outside of "normal" or their fault etc. However buying this vehicle new and it sounding and like something I've never heard before (and I've driven for 20 years many types of cars new and very old!) let alone the way it shakes.. yet they always led me to believe I was nuts. They did replaced the rotors finally only after I took it to someone else who documented it needed it and I took it back with the paper work and that wasn't until August (I bought it in may) and they'd blown me off for two months. I've called Kia main office who also is making it not their problem it's a "normal" wear issue. There is no car that sounds and feels like this upon braking. Reading your site at least I know I'm not alone finally which is what *they* want you to think!

- Brodheadsville, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 102006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles
I bought a new Kia Sedona on 2-27-06 had problems with the radio. The first time I had it in to be checked, they were going to put in a new radio but it was damaged in shipping. They ordered one put it in on the 10th of March 06, that night the van started caught fire and was totaled.

- Page, ND, USA

problem #1

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

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