really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,461 miles

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problem #8

Aug 302013


  • 69,500 miles
I drove 25 minutes from a to B and parked my car. Turned the engine off sat there with the radio on for 1 minute exactly and I hear a. pshhhhh and smoke rising quickly, then a flame from the fuse box by my left foot. I got out opened the door looked for the smoke and flame that were reflecting and waving. I opened the fuse box slider cover with a knife and started to squirt water out from my bottled water quickly. Thank goodness I had water. Flame went out and I saw the inside of the fuse cover burnt, and a fuse looked like it caught on fire because the fuse looked completely melted.I have a video of the aftermath right after the fire went out. Tomorrow ill be calling insurance, Kia, and whoever else that can help me understand what is going on and what I can do to ensure my safety. Please help or approve a recall. Thank goodness I didnt exit my car so quick or alot of the car would have been on fire.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #7

Mar 042013


  • 139,582 miles
I took the van to the mechanic about a month ago. They told me it needed a steering coupler and a flange. The steering wheel was very loose when driving and would make a creaking sound.

- Woonsocket, RI, USA

problem #6

Aug 142010


  • 75,004 miles
2002 Kia Sedona had steering problems very tough to steer making it feel real dangerous, I took to dealer to ck out said I need intermediate steering shaft/ujoint at the price of $544.16... what a ripoff I can get the part for $100 and feel that Kia should cover these costs too many people are having this problem.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #5

May 272008

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
There was no events leading up to the failure, I was pull on to the road and lost complete control of my steering, my steering wheel just kept going around and around, complete steering failure. I have not done anything yet to fix...

- Westbrookville, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 272008

(reported on)

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
2002 Kia Sedona with steering failure. Consumer states that mechanic told her that a bolt fell out and could not be replaced unless the entire steering shaft was replaced. Consumer states that wasn't the first time the steering has had problems. The consumer stated during the first year of owning the vehicle, the transmission failed, the drivers seat motor had to be replaced several times and the fuse that controlled the dashboard lights malfunctioned on a continuous basis.

- Bloomingdale, IL, USA

problem #3

Apr 102004

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
One more time Kia Sedona 2002 failed to brake car lost control front passenger seat belt snapped out, looks like power steering failed and brakes also, not the first time brakes failed in Kia Sedona. Prior to this accident the consumer complained to the dealer about vibrations while braking. Car accelerate by itself (throttle stuck).

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 172002

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,604 miles
2002 Kia Sedona at 19,604 miles took it to the dealership for the floorboard buckles on the driver side when the steering wheel is turned to a full rotation, no problem found at that time, they said they could feel nothing. At 25,000 miles returned to the dealership with the same problem, test drove they could feel the floorboard buckle and was told it is normal. Now at 41,000 miles I have the same problem but the insides of the front tires wore down to the cords and I had to have the tires replaced.

- Brownsburg, IN, USA

problem #1

Feb 062002


  • miles
Consumer complains of a loud grinding noise especially when making left hand turns, moderate noises on right hand turns and light on straight driving. The power steering was flushed and the grinding returned with an added whistle. The cause was a hose that was leaking. Consumer feels the power steering pump should have been replaced.

- Henderson, NV, USA