2006 Kia Sedona
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Disappointed and Frustrated

by from Downers Grove, IL on October 10, 2009

After a month I had to take the car back to have all of the brakes replaced. This car has had a least half a dozen recalls (maybe more). I have taken it in for the same problem with the sliding door 5...
After a month I had to take the car back to have all of the brakes replaced. This car has had a least half a dozen recalls (maybe more). I have taken it in for the same problem with the sliding door 5 times. I finally insisted that they fix it permanently! There have been several other issues that I had to have addressed. All were minor and covered by warranty, but still a MAJOR inconvenience. I have had this car 3.5 years and have recently replaced all four rotars and pads and put on 4 new tires. The pros are that it is very comfortable, handles surprisingly well for a minivan, looks nice, and has a great sound system. The gas mileage is poor. Even though they state a range, you will really only get the lower end of that. I read an expert review on this site and the person stated he got like 25 mpg on the highway. He's nuts! I never got higher than 19 the first year. It went down to 17.9 after that. My new tires helped a little with gas mileage (now it's 18.5). The service people were always very nice, but I saw them more than my in-laws. In fact, I just took my car in today. I was there just a month ago! I am actually thinking of trading this in for a Toyota, but the trade-in value is poor and I don't like the idea of having more months of payments. The idea that you get more for your money at Kia is misleading since I lost money beyond the initial cost and the monthly payments and if I factor in all the time and aggravation...well, you understand.
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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It was a great vehicle......

by from PA on August 4, 2008

I absolutely LOVED my 2006 Sedona! Loved the color, the room and all the great features. BUT, since out last inspection(July 2008), I have had to have my KIA in for repair 3 times for the same three i...
I absolutely LOVED my 2006 Sedona! Loved the color, the room and all the great features. BUT, since out last inspection(July 2008), I have had to have my KIA in for repair 3 times for the same three items! I can not keep a headlight lit, the CHECK ENGINE light keeps coming on and the ESC OFF light keeps coming on. This happened on a busy highway and my hubby literally had to pull over, stop the van and shut it off and restart it. When this ESC OFF light comes on there is absolutely NO POWER to the vehicle. My front brakes grind so bad(and I've had them looked at/repaired twice!) it frightened us into not driving home through the mountains while coming home from vacation. It's a major inconvenience to drop the vehicle off and to have the dealership tell us that they "could not duplicate noise or symptom" I hate to say it but next time, I won't buy a KIA. It's a shame that they have such a great product but that NO ONE can seem to make such simple repairs and make them last. Also, there is only 19,000 miles on the vehicle. I only get 14.2 miles to the gallon also.
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Does not recommend this car

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Good for the money

by from Georgi on July 21, 2010

It's a great van but it's a van. Easy to pack and the rear seats are easy to put up and down. The second row seats are heavy to move in and out of the vehicle - about 75 pounds! It drives ok, but like...
It's a great van but it's a van. Easy to pack and the rear seats are easy to put up and down. The second row seats are heavy to move in and out of the vehicle - about 75 pounds! It drives ok, but like a van. It takes a while to heat or cool the inside but once cool (or warm) it's good. The mileage is about what's stated, max of 25 MPG
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Purchased a used car

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Does recommend this car!!

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Worst New Vehicle I Have Owned

by from New Ross, IN on January 16, 2008

I purchased my van in July 2006 brand new - only 17 miles on it. I started having trouble in March 2007, again in August 2007 and now in January 2008. All 3 different problems. Each time I was without...
I purchased my van in July 2006 brand new - only 17 miles on it. I started having trouble in March 2007, again in August 2007 and now in January 2008. All 3 different problems. Each time I was without a vehicle for several days - one time over a week. I have had this much trouble now, I am really afraid of what's going to happen when the warranty is out. I have called Kia & they are sorry, there is nothing they can do about it..........
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Kia Sedona Most Comfortable Mini-Van Of All

by from McKinleyville CA on January 23, 2011

We wanted space, and better mileage, but comfort was most important to us. We test drove several minivans and I got in the backseat of each van, to make sure all the seats were comfortable, not just t...
We wanted space, and better mileage, but comfort was most important to us. We test drove several minivans and I got in the backseat of each van, to make sure all the seats were comfortable, not just the front seats. It was VERY comfortable, and the reliability has been great. We've had just minor problems but both were covered under a recall. The windshield wipers quit squirting, and the rear doors would open, but were fixed under a recall. We are actually getting ready to trede in this one for a new one. Highly recommend!
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Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car!!

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slumbering giant

by from Metropolitan Washington DC on August 30, 2011

I've got 90k miles on my 2006 Sedona, which means I still have 10k miles left on my powertrain warranty! Not too many vans come with such backup. It was in a few times for minor warranty repairs in th...
I've got 90k miles on my 2006 Sedona, which means I still have 10k miles left on my powertrain warranty! Not too many vans come with such backup. It was in a few times for minor warranty repairs in the early years, mostly involving updates to the computer. It had one problem with the original brake rotors which warped prematurely. The first time, they serviced them for free at around 20k miles. They went wobbly again at about 40k miles at which time they put all new rotors on it and still knocked off some of the pricing on the repair while insisting this was 'normal wear and tear'. I was told at the time that the metallurgy had been improved and this seems to have been true since I have 50k miles now on that replacement set with no issues. That's it - no other problems. The van is a pleasure to drive, has lots of power for a van, has a very hefty and solid feel to it and is rock solid in high winds and stormy conditions; it has lots of space and is easily configured to either haul lots of stuff from Home Depot, or, the family on vacation. It also happens to have the most competitive pricing in its vehicular class.
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Best van out there...

by from Clovis, NM on April 6, 2008

Bought new in Dec 06 with 13 miles on it. Have driven 13000 miles without a single problem. Pros for this van are the seats that stow for alot of storage. Dual climate is great for the kids in back. A...
Bought new in Dec 06 with 13 miles on it. Have driven 13000 miles without a single problem. Pros for this van are the seats that stow for alot of storage. Dual climate is great for the kids in back. Airbag sensor in the front passenger seat. The dual sliding doors is great for the accessability. At first my wife did not want a van and now she does not want to get rid of it. The gas MPG is pretty good considering this is a van. The one and only con to this is that there is not a local dealer-- so we would have to drive 2 hours away. Other than that, this is a great van and I don't think my wife will ever part with this one.
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Perfect for small children

by from Canton, OH on January 15, 2008

This van has been a God send for our family of 5. The kids are happy to look out the many windows or watch movies and their bulky car seats still leave plenty of breathing room. The van's handling is ...
This van has been a God send for our family of 5. The kids are happy to look out the many windows or watch movies and their bulky car seats still leave plenty of breathing room. The van's handling is superb. It reminds me of the grip I had with my Honda Civic. We still have not skidded even in black ice conditions knock on wood. Kia is true to their word on the warranty. We had to have an electrical system software update but everything was 100% covered as promised. My husband is 6' 5" and drives comfortably without feeling cramped. Highly recommended. P.S. Strongly encourage purchase of power doors. Worth every bit of the extra cost for the extra help when you're juggling 3 kids under 5 years old.
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580 miles and in the shop for a week

by from columbia sc on January 26, 2007

Own this van for a week and half in it's in the shop. Very uncomfortable for tall drivers. 580 miles and timing belt broke. I didn't want the hunk of junk but my wife did. Spend the extra money go fo...
Own this van for a week and half in it's in the shop. Very uncomfortable for tall drivers. 580 miles and timing belt broke. I didn't want the hunk of junk but my wife did. Spend the extra money go for a toyota.
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Does not recommend this car

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Bad on Gas

by from CA on June 29, 2006

If it wasnt for the bad gas mileage I would love this car. I get between 11 to 15 miles to the gallon.I do love the back windows that go down and the seats are easy to fold down.
If it wasnt for the bad gas mileage I would love this car. I get between 11 to 15 miles to the gallon.I do love the back windows that go down and the seats are easy to fold down.
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