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Old 04-16-2009, 05:10 PM
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Default Kia Sedona-Good vans or not???

I've been looking at these vans and they seem a good value...EVERYBODY at work says stay away from them...Should I spend 5K more and get Honda or Toyota??? What's your view...thanks, John
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Can't speak to the Kia, but can tell you the Toyota Sienna we purchased couple years ago (used) is really a great vehicle. We bought a 2004 model, had dvd installed for the munchkins. No regrets, it's a quality vehicle and a good value imo. If you plan on using it more than 4,5 years....go ahead and spend the extra dough(if you can afford it) and get a quality machine, you wont regret it.
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I know what you mean...I'm riding in a 2002 Sienna now...I just don't like to discard something just because someone else don't like them...Just trying to get a feel for any KIA owners out there...I'm like you, I would purchase another Toyota tomorrow...I would like to see if there any KIA owners out there that feel the same about their KIA purchase as we do about Toyota...thanks for your input...any KIA owners out there??? I want the real deal, good or bad, I need a van...John
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I test drove the Kia and priced it out.. It is only around 4K cheaper then a honda. The residual is terrible. I test drove it, and it was ok.. I am looking at the traverse.. Mini van inside, suv outside.
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WME:

OK, I'll go now and look for the traverse on the internet...thanks, John
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We used to have a Toyota and had no issues. Our neighbor has a KIA and loved it. They are the tyoe to keep a vehicle until the wheels fall off, and the warranty from the KIA was outstanding. Two of my employees have KIA SUZ's and have no major complaints with the company. The one has over 80K on it.

On the Traverse side, my buddy just purchased one last week and loves it, but they are still in the honeymoon stage.
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Yea, the honeymoon stage better stay fresh at 40K for a Chevy...don't think I could go there even though it doesn't look that bad...that's alot of money!! I'm thinking the Honda/Toyota for 30ish is looking good...only bad thing about the KIA as WME mentioned was the residual...I might better stick with what I know...just a thought...John
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Kia and Hyundai are the same vehicles. If you think a Hyundai is good then the Kia will be good also.

I own a Traverse. These things are not cheap. Pros quiet smooth ride and a heck of a lot of gizmo's. The power is excellent. It will get close to 20 on the highway(I mean real highway 200 mile type trips.) Around town 15 mpg. It would do a little better if my wife did not use the remote start feature. I have not found anything not to like about the vehicle only had it in the shop for oil change so far.

Both Kia and Traverse have 100,000 mile warranties. I don't think the 10 years part is to relevant unless you drive under 10,000 miles a year. Having read the Kia owner manual I did notice they want proof of maintence or the warranty is void.
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You can get one for 30K with the captain chairs. No leather and front wheel drive not all wheel drive.
this is what I liked the captain chairs

http://www.speedshape.com/portfolio/...terior-ssi.jpg

and

http://www.technofile.com/cars/chevy_traverse.asp
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WME:
That's nice!! I could make that work if I had to,lol...
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my folks (primarily my mom's vehicle) is a 2001 or 2002? Kia Sedona LX.
currently 155,000 km (100,000 miles). a few small problems (last year replaced AC), but overall she's very happy. the van is pretty peppy and no slouch even fully loaded down. I do drive the van at time when i go visit the folks a few times a year.
May soon sell the company van and buy another new Sedona that will eventually be given to mom to replace the aging but still well running van.
i'm not sure about the pricing where you are at, but the Kia's are substantially less for comparatively featured/optioned competitors.
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Originally Posted by ATCER View Post
spend 5K more and get a Honda
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A Few Dollars:
Now I know how you came up with your name,lol...My wife wants to try a Honda Odyssey to be honest...I've had Honda cars before but not the vans...We think the Odyssey looks the best of all the vans...Might have to go for it...I hope she doesn't see your post,lol...Cheers!! ONLY 5K more,lol...John
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My Dad has one about 4 years old and it has been a very good van. He's had just a couple of minor problems, one was a brake issue, and they were taken care of quickly by the dealer at no cost to him. 10 yr. 100k Warranty IIRC. His drives very nicely. I've also had one as a rental car for a ski trip in Co. It did very well, no complaints whatsoever, good comfort, good highway mileage, plenty of room.

I also own 3 Toyotas, and consider them very overrated; at least any model Toyota sources and builds in this country...which is most of them.

I would not pay a dime more for a Toyota van.
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My family has had 7 Hondas. My wife had an '04 Odyssey before she got an '08 Accord. Adding the 7 up, the number of times they visited the dealership for problems is ZERO. Not once did any of the Hondas have to be taken back to the dealer for a problem. Same goes for the 5 other newer Hondas that friends own (3 vans & 2 Ridgelines) Hondas hold their value better than Kias also.
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I don't beleive your price differentials. We have a 2003 KIA Sedona. At the time, the next cheapest was Mazda at $7,000 more- after financing. The toyota and honda were substantially more. We got actual bottom line #s after wasting time at the dealers.

The van is OK, we haven't had any issues in 5 years. We had a couple of warranty fixes with the air bag light going off due to faulty seatbelt buckles.

I'd have gone Toyota if they were cheaper, but as I said, the KIA was $7,000 less than the next cheapest (Mazda) van. [I think we were in the $14,900 range]

At the time the 4 were the top rated. No amreican vans were in the mix.
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Since Kia has a lot of success in this country, the are no longer the cheapest. They don't offer any great financing and don't have lease programs.
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Our Kia Sedona is now 2 years old. NO complaints so far.
10 years warranty or 100k miles --- sounds good to me.
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I spend 5K more and get Honda ??? What's your view...thanks, John[/quote]

...or a 1-2 year old Odyssey under Honda's certified program, get the price-point, and a 7 year, 100k pwrtrain warranty.

I'm hard headed on new vehicle depreciation, even the best, Honda and Toyota, you still get a 30% head-slap in the first couple of years. For quite a few years, Honda Accord was my commute car of choice. Buy a 2 yo for $14,000(leather, roof, sorry, can't help myself), drive it two years, eff'er is still worth $10,000. That's only $160 per month in depreciation.

Good luck!

Randy
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Yea, nothing is cheap anymore...I thought we were in a depression until I went to the dealership...ANY dealership, makes me want to buy used....thanks for the feedback....John

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