They just got a mix of US/UK/JAP engines and called it their own. I think it was always cheap because there was little development cost compared to the competition.
I would like to get my finances in order later this year and I still need a ~2000kilo seven seater for use as a large caravan towcar. I can only afford an approx 3-4yr old car so if I went for a MkIII Sedona it would be the 2.9ltr which still unfortunately has the Delphi brand fuel system.
I wouldn't refuse a MkIII if it was a leather trimmed TS model and the price was right, however my favourite choice at the moment would be a first entry into 4x4'ville with a 2006> 2.2 Hyundai Santa Fe with the 7seat option. If the old shape Sorento had an extra row of rear seats then that would also be a contender.....but it falls short on this front.
Dunno what brand of mechanical pump was on the MkI Sedona, but the problems will NOT be common as the systems are entirely different.
The one thing I have noticed though is there are loads of MkI's breaking for spares. Unless you are getting one for pin money then I'd consider something else. If I didn't need to aim for a specific vehicle kerb-weight for towing safety, then my options would be better.
I started a similar thread about a year ago when I noticed everyone aired their problems here and no one seemed happy with their Sedona but of course that's the nature of these owners forums. It's mainly about problem solving.
I bought02 Sedona just over a year ago because Ineeded a car to carry a lot of stuff occaisionally so it's good to be able to remove the seats totally rather than just fold them. It tows the caravan very well and gives a good fuel return while towing.
I always suspectedit wasn't going to have the quality / reliability of a Ford or VW so there was an element of risk but that was offset by the fact that itonly cost £2500.
I only found out about the potential fuel pump problem / repair bill. I've found traces of swarf in the sedimentor twice so maybe the writing's on the wall.
Well pleased with my 2004 model. Does all I ask of it . SPOKE to soon. pipe to rear heater split this afternoon. RAC made a temparary repair. (will probally out last rest of pipe.) What is the cheapest way to replace? as the kia parts are so over priced.