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KIA Motors - 2002 KIA Sedona Ex / another extremely poor quality kia vehicle!

1 United States Review updated:

Here are the problems I had with my 2002 kia sedona ex:

Gas gauge – after filling up with gas, the gauge immediately moved to half but took about five minutes to move from half to full.

It also didn’t read accurately. While driving, it slowly dropped (As would be expected). The problem here was, it showed only 1/2 a tank of fuel when it's really 3/4 full.

Trip computer / overhead console – the digital display for the various overhead console functions was wrong. For instance, it showed time as 3:69 p. M. And the temp readings were preceded by a small l.

Sliding doors – on the left sliding doors, the plastic bushing busted off the center support brackets causing the door to bind.

Windshield wipers – completely failed when the connecting bushings fell apart.

Interior door handles –the handle actuates a cable attached to the latch, allowing the door to open when the handle is pulled. The cable seemed to have too much slack in it, making it difficult to open the door from the inside. The interior door handle on the left (In my case, driver's) side simply broke off because it is non-reinforced plastic

Oil usage – in just under 3, 000 miles, it leaked and/or burned about 3/4 of a quart. There's no evident leak, so i'm guessing that it's the latter.

Air conditioner – leaked refrigerant slowly and then ceased to function.

Engine – jerked (Or stalled) hard, threw on check engine light but continued to run.

Paint – the paint beneath the rear window peeled. Clearcoat paint on piece above license plate "alligatored" or "checked."

Airbag light — airbag light was constantly lit.

Warning lights – warning lights for charging system and brake never light (Bulbs test okay).

Charging system – this malfunctioned, requiring replacement of alternator.

Acceleration – sometimes ran at idle speed even when trying to accelerate.

Glove compartment door – failed to close entirely, allowing inside light to stay on.

Cruise control – periodically shut off automatically and could not be turned back on until the vehicle was stopped, shut off, and restarted.

Leather cover – peeled off of the shifter and had to be re-glued.

Sun visors – plastic broke causing mirror covers to fall out.

They had to be replaced.

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  • Va
      21st of Dec, 2006
    0 Votes

    Am I mistaken or is Kia branded autos the low cost offerings from Hyundai? Most the people I know who owned Kia's had nothing very kind to say about them. Your laundry list of defects is enough to steer me clear of Kia's in the future. Thanks for taking the time to post a clear and well written review. Cheers!

  • 12
      21st of Dec, 2006
    0 Votes

    I used to own a 99 Kia Sepheia. In the 5 years I had it, had the following problems:

    1. Break Fluid leak - cost to fix ... $500+
    2. Transmission Fluid Leak - and I was stranded!
    3. Engine Trouble - some wiring is wrong and I was stranded somewhere!
    4. At the end of its lifespan, car had trouble to start and occasionally it'll not able to start after you drive it, for at least a couple hours!

    It died with only 61K miles on it. I sold that piece of junk to someone who was willing to pay about $500 for it.

    I'll never ever drive anything Koeran again!

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