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2003 Kia Sedona

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2003 Kia Sedona Problems

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

A defective AC compressor clutch assembly can cause excessive noise or vibration when the air conditioning is on. Improved parts are available. Replacing the faulty clutch assembly does not necessitate replacement of the complete AC compressor or evacuation and recharging of the air conditioning system.

Drive Train -- Verified

Reprogramming the transmission control module with the latest Kia transmission software may fix abnormalities in the automatic transmission and erroneous transmission-related Check Engine Light illumination. Software updates are commonly most effective on newer vehicles. Higher mileage vehicles may exhibit a similar symptom caused by a component failure. However, whenever major transmission repairs are performed the transmission software ...

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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An engine misfire may develop due to a failed ignition coil. Our technicians tell us one coil is used for each cylinder. If one fails, often times another is not far behind. It may be worth considering replacing all the coils if a failure is encountered.

Drive Train -- Verified

Make sure the transmission is filled with Kia-approved transmission fluid and at the correct level. Our technicians tell using incorrect transmission fluid or operating the transmission when it is low on fluid can result in internal transmission damage.

Engine -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate with the code stored signifying the engine is not reaching normal operating temperature. If no fault is found with the components of the cooling system, a simple reprogramming of the powertrain computer will commonly correct this problem.

2003 Kia Sedona Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., November 28, 2005


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Brakes, May 19, 2003

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A programming error in the ABS Control Module logic could cause reduced braking force and increased stopping distances when stopping the vehicle below 25 MPH. This could result in a crash. Dealers will reprogram the control module to fix the issue. The recall began May 19, 2003. The Kia recall number is SC-032.

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Drive Train, August 15, 2005

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In freezing conditions, water on the throttle cable may freeze, creating resistance to movement. The cable may stick and prevent the engine from returning to idle, causing the vehicle to maintain speed or accelerate. This can occur without warning and could cause a crash. Dealers will modify a protective sleeve around the cable to fix the issue. The recall began August 15, 2005. The Kia recall number is SC-051.

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Drive Train, March 21, 2005


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Drive Train, June 13, 2005

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On certain models equipped with alloy wheels, water may accumulate around the rear hub caps and damage the outer rear wheel bearings. The wheel bearings could fail without warning, which could result in a crash. Dealers will replace the rear hub caps and replace the rear outer bearings and/or hub assembly as needed. The recall began on June 13, 2005. The Kia recall number is SC-049.

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2003 Kia Sedona Questions and Answers

shyman5355, 2003 Kia Sedona, V6, Schenectady, NY

how do i remove the back spark plugs on a2003 kia sedona

jim4jesus, 2003 Kia Sedona, V6, Laurel, MS

My Daughter broke the key off in the ignition, How do You remove the ignition?

hookside, 2003 Kia Sedona, Silver Spring, MD

I am overdue for Timing belt replacement and my mechanic says I should also have water pump replaced at same time. Is this necessary?

rtselke, 2003 Kia Sedona, Schenectady, NY

Yup my airbag light is on. I reset the seatbelts. and pushed the plugs in under the seat. can someone tell me which plug under the seat the airbag is?? (the yellow???) anyway can anybody help.

Minister, 2003 Kia Sedona, Louisville, KY

I had my Kia Sedona almost a month now. I feel heat without having my heater on around my legs & feet. There's a slight rumbling I feel through the floor & seat. It has about 68.someth...

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2003 Kia Sedona Reviews

Bought used in 2005 with only 11K. No real problems till now (replaced rotors, axle and motor mount and it has check engine light on - scan says main problem is Catalytic - but not critical yet). Have had good AC/Heat till last summer when AC went out (pump broken - $950+- if I have it fixed). Haven't taken good care of this car either so I'm amazed it lasted this long. Door handles and other features are kind of cheaply made and break too easily.

I bought this minivan a year and a half ago. every 3-4 months it's in the shop for something. now for the 3rd time it's in for a loud vibration in the front right side when I start it up. I've replacwd the front brakes / rotors replaced a cracked manifold. the noise is getting louder and m mechanic says he can't find the problem. it's very annoying every time I start it up. I told him this time if he doesn't find/fix the problem I am getting rid of it! this van is costing me a lot of money that I don't want to spend on it. I am looking forward to dumping it in the spring or sooner!!

I'm sorry to read all the bad reviews on this van. I love mine (hate that I'm still paying on it - lol). Brought it certified in 2007 with 90k miles and other than the regular monthly maintenance, the only thing I've had to fix is the tie rods, but then I drive it like I'm in the Indy, my baby has some "get up" in her step. Every KS owner I run into here in town has nothing but praises for theirs too. I was blessed with a good vehicle -- Going to put it to the test with our first major road trip (michigan to NY - woo hoo). I'm confident that it will do just fine.

will never buy kia again either . replace alt and then belts break replaced belts now wont start at all wont even turn over. stupid thing is not even paid off yet didnt last the payments

this is the worst vehicle i ve ever bought and will not buy another kia

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