"Most I see are clapped out at even a few years old..." How many have you seen? Really?I would imagine that the aftermarket learned its lesson manufacturing parts for the previous generation Sedona. Most I see are clapped out at even a few years old, and the owners don't feel like putting money into them. I don't disagree with them, these are utterly disposable vehicles and disintegrate faster than you can maintain them. I still have my 1996 Mazda MPV that I can get parts for, in fact I recently replaced the timing belt. There was even timing belt kits for it now, that include the water pump, tensioner, and idler pulleys. The last time I did the timing belt, you had to piece all of that together and the idlers were Mazda-only. I had to replace the harmonic balancer, and Mazda still stocks it. A 23 year old vehicle, that sold less total in its lifetime the US than the Sedona. I can still get KYB GR-2 struts and shocks for it, among others.
2016 Kia Sedona EX Newark DEI’d forgotten I started this thread and here I am again searching for anyone also dealing with the struts on this van. I’m at 58,000 now and these struts are not good. I can’t take corners, no gravel roads. It bounces around like a trampoline. IM SHOCKED!! Hah. Actually I’m kinda wondering if there might be a bad motor mount as well. The dash is trembles when I hit bumps, not pot holes, just bumps. The shocks are very bad quality and I’d sure hate to buy new OEM shocks.
I replaced mine at 95K. The strut bearings were bad and I figured as long as they have to take the strut apart to change the bearing, replace the strut. Where the chrome shaft goes into the strut itself, the seal area had a lot of rust from condensation and salt spray even with the rubber boot. Feels a little better but not much, more of a PM thing. I plan to put another 100K on it baring any major problems. I love this van.2016 Kia Sedona EX Newark DE
What you're describing sounds like more than just bad struts - sway bar links, tie rod ends, control arm bushings, and motor mounts are some of the usual suspects. And it would be much better to take care of everything at the same time, instead of pulling the same stuff apart multiple times. I recommend taking it to a couple of shops that specialize in front-end work and see what their diagnosis is. Then you can do the work yourself, if you're up for that.This Sedona is on my last nerve now at 59,100 miles. It hits bumps and it shutters and can’t stop fast anymore becuase the whole body rolls forward, can’t turn from sway and it’s eating tires. ...