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Kia Sedona Engine Problems and Repair Histories

Kia Sedona repairs by problem area

Engine (29%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (31%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 442 repairs.

Kia Sedona engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (12%)

$1000 - $2499 (12%)

$500 - $999 (24%)

$100 - $499 (45%)

< $100 (8%)

Chart based on 51 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Kia Sedona 4dr Minivan, ext.

271-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

3200 mi Transmission momentarily shifting upon startup, told of TSB that involved a reflash of the computer. Also rebalanced 4 tires. Also complaint of potential short in ignition swich, no problem found. 

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2011 Kia Sedona 4dr Minivan, ext.

271-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

10850 mi Engine failed and was replaced under warranty. 

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2010 Kia Sedona 4dr Minivan, ext.

244-horsepower 3.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

68000 mi

US $300
Radiator punctured by a rock. 

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2009 Kia Sedona 4dr Minivan, ext.

250-horsepower 3.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

27000 mi Replaced whining tensioner on serpentine belt, under warranty. 
62000 mi

US $670
Replaced throttle body and reflashed the ECU. The throttle position sensor failed, requiring this service as described in a Kia TSB. 
71000 mi

US $500
Replaced fuel injectors, coils, and spark plugs to clear multiple misfires. 

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2008 Kia Sedona 4dr Minivan, ext.

250-horsepower 3.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

71000 mi Throttle Position Sensor 
105000 mi

US $1000
Valve cover gaskets needed to be replaced, had various other minor matters taken care of at the same time. 
9300 mi oxygen sensor replaced second oxygen sensor replaced 
34100 mi In cold weather engine will stall if not warmed up. Scan done, found P0110, and reprogrammed with update to software. Personally not sure if this will fix the problem, as we haven't had any days below -15C. 
38440 mi oxygen sensor replaced 
79000 mi Check engine light codes read running lean meaning too much air. Brought to dealer-hose connector to air filter housing deteriorated causing too much air in system. Common problem on these cars. Fixed under aftermarket warranty. 
52080 mi Valve cover gaskets were replaced under warranty. *Just discovered that a large metal bracket was left sitting on top of the engine under the plastic shroud after work was performed. 
26000 mi Throttle position sensor failed. Check engine light came on and ran on three cyclinders - car thinks wheels spinning so reduces power. 
43700 mi

US $140
Idler pulley failed. 

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2008 Kia Sedona 4dr Minivan

250-horsepower 3.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

36000 mi Driving the vehicle at normal speed and suddendly the vehicle lost power and the ESC and Check engine light came on. Pull the vehicle over and called dealer. Tried to drive the car to service department but problem occured again. Car towed. 

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2007 Kia Sedona

Engine not specified

45700 mi Check engine light 

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2007 Kia Sedona 4dr Minivan, ext.

250-horsepower 3.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

52700 mi

US $30
Valve covers were leaking oil 
25000 mi Throttle position sensor replaced under warranty. Rear door seal recall performed 
93700 mi

US $488
Car began running very roughly, similar to when an ignition coil pack fails. CEL on. Towed to dealer, diagnosed as oil control valve (left). 
135000 mi

US $25
CEL light: lean codes P0171 P0174 (left/right banks). Issue was air intake hose, large split in underside, not visible from above. Unmetered air entering system. Part purchased on Amazon, 1 hour to replace. Common in older Sedonas 
56700 mi Jan 5,2012 Wife could not get key out of ignition. Took car to dealer. Dearler found interlock linkage defective, adjusted and ordered new part. Installed new ignition linkage part. 
58000 mi Engine made a weird noise on start up and ran very high rpm. Resarted and ok. Took to dealership. Replaced TPS and flashed computor. OK. 
88000 mi Car ran down, would not start or run long. Towed to dealer. Alternator dead because valve cover was leaking oil on alternator. Replaced valve covers and alternator. I had to replace battery at my cost. 2-year bat 3-years old. 
67500 mi Dealer fixed idler pulley as condition of sale. 
150000 mi

US $100
Noisy engine idler bearing replaced. 
161000 mi

US $100
Hesitation, surging. Engine air intake hose had split in the corrugated folds of the hose. Could not see this until hose was removed. Kia part 28138-4D200 replaced with Dorman 696-735 
6000 mi 05NOV07 CEL came on so took directly to dealer and dropped off. Same day 'repair'; dealer maintenance shop reset CEL light, ordered new O2 sensor, and performed 5K oil change and service. Still awaiting dealer to call and say part has been received. 
6000 mi O2 sensor was ordered in November 2007 and arrived in December 2007. Dropped off car 0700 A.M. and ready for pickup by noon. 
61000 mi Tech also discovered a front valve cover oil leak for R&R and recommends belt tensioner be replaced as well. Parts need to be ordered and R&R under warranty too. 
61700 mi Parts are in; R&R of seals for valve cover oil leak, new belt tensioner installed as well. Parts ordered and R&R covered by extended warranty. 
74000 mi Noted oil stains on alternator housing; inspection showed l/valve cover gasket was leaking again. Replaced gasket under warranty. 
56000 mi Chattering idler pulley 
78000 mi

US $400
Check engine light on, bad oxygen sensor replaced. 
110000 mi

US $150
Check engine light on, code reported lean mixture, mechanic replaced cracked air intake duct, problem resolved, which also fixed slight hesitation problem 
115000 mi

US $200
Engine would suddenly drop to idle and "limp home" mode, diagnosed and replaced bad throttle position sensor, reflash ECM due to revised part. 
142300 mi

US $95
Engine ran rough and stalled in heavy traffic. Problem determined to be part of air intake system had fallen off, causing mass airflow sensor to misread. Shop reassembled parts, problem solved. 

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2007 Kia Sedona 4dr Minivan

250-horsepower 3.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

142600 mi

C $300
Sedona has a steel pipe that runs underneath the van all the way to the back. The pipe moves coolant. Pipe is not protected and easily corrodes, especially from winter driving. It rusted through. Needed to be replaced as coolant leaked. 

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2007 Kia Sedona 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder manual 2WD

243700 mi

£1800
Engine management light permanently on, engine kept cutting out. Dealer diagnosed Injector valves. Replaced.  
323000 mi

£700
coolant leaking, faulty radiator replaced 
333000 mi Clutch failed. On inspection dual mass flywheel and clutch had to be replaced. 
399000 mi

£1133
Car wouldn't start, faulty fuel injectors replaced 

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2006 Kia Sedona 4dr Minivan, ext.

244-horsepower 3.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

68000 mi

US $268
The oil pan was leaking. 
28000 mi Timing and value covers leaking oil. Alternator was soaked with oil. Dealer replaced valve cover gaskets, re-sealed timing cover and replaced alternator. 
101000 mi

US $2200
Comprehensive 100,000 mile service. Included some non-maintenance repairs. A torn boot that fed the fuel intake system; turning the rear brake disks and replacing the pads; plugs and all fluids including transmission were replaced 
202000 mi

US $600
Metal Heater hoses to middle of van rusted through and the wife overheated the Sedona...now has blown head gasket...200,000 miles and no real problems but now new car headed my way!@#$% 
40000 mi

US $150
Idler pulley bearing getting very noisy and on the way to failure. Earlier major repair of AC system, but probably unrelated even though the idler is part of the serpentine belt system that drives AC, water pump, and generator. 
129000 mi

US $400
Camshaft pulley broke 
137000 mi

US $750
Oil pan rusting and leaking valve cover gaskets leaking 
83000 mi

US $25
Vacuum leak code. Check engine light is intermittent. 
87700 mi

US $50
Air intake boot was cracked. Check engine light on with p2187 and p2189. 
250 mi On the trip home from the dealer the engine warning light came on. Had it towed to dealer 45 miles away. They said the Camshaft sensor was bad. Replaced it and now at about 500 miles with no problems. Also told them about a film on the headers and only ab 
170000 mi

US $660
Oil gasket replaced. 
118000 mi

US $5000
Bearing loose in engine. Full of sludge. Replacing engine was only option. Also catalytic converter replaced 
108000 mi

US $1
Air intake hose had several cracks allowing air in without sensor knowledge. Car started at high RPM and surged and just ran poorly. Used electrical tape to repair hose. Runs great now. 
19840 mi Ran Diag. Pulled code P0128 - thermostat sticking. found TS172000114 - ECM upgrade. Performed upgrade, cleared code. Tested good. 
54120 mi

C $700
Throttle body or throttle sensor broke. Replaced the throttle body. 
62000 mi

C $1500
Very low gas mileage. A number of sensors were replaced. 
76880 mi

C $450
Idler pulley dead 
37000 mi error code in car's computer was triggered by low battery. there were no broken parts 
160000 mi

US $75
Found that the valve cover gasket on the left-bank of the engine had a minor leak. Decided to replace right-bank as preventative maintenance. Ordered parts from dealership and replaced myself. Cleaned up leaked oil, Problem has not recurred 
163000 mi

US $45
Check engine light came on, codes for incorrect gear ratio came up. Tested input speed sensor - it had failed. Replaced input speed sensor, cleared codes. Problem hasn't recurred. 
195000 mi

US $300
Blown engine head gasket. Replaced myself. While disassembled, cleaned the engine bay, lapped valves, and replaced fluids. 
38440 mi Check engine light came on. Was advised to tighten my gas cap, and after 5-7 start ups the code might clear.It didn't. Took it in and code came back Purge Valve Insufficient Flow. Could not find problems w/ purge valve.Cleared code. 
41000 mi Idler pulley bearings were worn. Replaced pulley. 
107000 mi

US $4000
All the seals (valve cover, oil pan, timing chain cover) were leaking. This was discovered during the annual state inspection. Engine light also on. This was an 02 sensor. 
24000 mi Van lost all power. RPM's dropped to 1000 and nothing happened when you pushed the gas paddle. Gas paddle and receiving sensors had to be replaced. 
63000 mi

US $125
Valve cover gasket was leaking. Dealer replaced gasket.  
71000 mi

US $350
Minor oil leak around oil pan. Dealer replaced gasket.  
12000 mi Early Model Sedona Vans have timing chain tensioners which allow slack upon start-up. I noticed a little rattle for 2-3 seconds after start-up and then read a notice issued to dealers prior to a forthcoming TSB. Mentioned to service rep and she arranged 
23000 mi Check engine warning - dealer reports I needed updated (reflash) programing to avoid a false temp warning, no actual problem with cooling system reported or evident. 
19000 mi Check engine light flashing, engine running very roughly, vehicle not reliably driveable and requiring tow to dealer who re-flashed PCM 
82000 mi

US $500
CEL would not clear after repeated troubleshooting attempts -- tech eventually found intake air leak and wrong part was shipped from OEM twice, air problem and wrong part problem still not resolved 
18000 mi Lifter noise or clicking on cold start. They could not replicate the problem. 
42000 mi

US $320
On cold start up noticed a clicking or knocking noise for the first 30 seconds or so. Was told there is a TSB on this problem and they all do that. My bosses does do it also. 
16000 mi Check engine light came on flashing, then solid. Engine misfire from computer, did a software update, problem fixed. 
88000 mi

US $120
intake tube replaced 
89300 mi

US $620
Throttle body needed replaceing 
54000 mi The rubber air intake tube from the air filter box and MAF to the throttle body needed to be replaced because a hole had developed in the original tube. Mechanic said this was a common problem with Sedonas. 
90700 mi

US $6500
Engine replaced. Mechanic said it had a dead cylinder. In addition 90,000 mile service done and 2 recalls for suspension parts. 
50000 mi fuel tank cap leaked causing engine light. Replaced cap  
63000 mi

US $90
Check Engine Light on - diags showed "running lean". Inspection found broken intake. Intake replaced. 
113000 mi

US $1811
Threw a rod had to replace engine 
49000 mi Check engine light came on. Dealer replaced thermostat binding at no charge. 
52000 mi Follow up to previous concern.(Car will not start intermittently - sometimes in morning/sometimes after having been driven.) Dealership cannot replicate problem. Reprogrammed system & swapped starter with "known good relay." 2 hour wait. 
54000 mi Following complaint letter from March (intermittent not start), dealer kept car 2 days. Replaced junction box.  Back again when van would not start at all. 8 minutes before it turned over this time. Dealership inspected power supply cables & grounds related to starting. (Only done-my insistence-having seen comments about ground at fault online.) 
63000 mi Again, intermittently van won't start. Dealer improved ground connections. Problem again 2 days later. 
67000 mi Voltage drop from fuse panel to solenoid.Was not enough volts to activate starter.Removed battery/fuse panel/+ and - cable.Add stabilizer 22a to all connections/cleaned corrosion/crimped all connections for proper contact. 
80000 mi Check engine line came on. Then it would go off. Happened for 48 hours. Took to mechanic who said code was related to emissions. Light came on again and off again for two more days but nothing after that again. 
111300 mi

US $3000
Metal supply line for rear heater corroded. Antifreeze/coolant leaked out. Drained fluid caused engine to overheat. Check engine light never came on. Car died on road. Replaced with used motor, new heater lines, new radiator & antifreeze 
80000 mi

US $200
Intake tube cracked and leaking, caused emission fault. 
106000 mi

US $235
Several wires had become damaged somehow leading the torque converter lock-up sensor to not register and putting the transmission in "limp-home" mode. Wiring repair fixed the problem. 
130000 mi

US $169
Accessory drive belt was worn and making a slight noise. Replaced the belt before it failed. 
148000 mi

US $512
Drive belt tensioner broke, required replacing tensioner, idler, and belt. 
167000 mi

US $450
"Y" tube (connecting exhaust headers to rest of exhaust) was cracked. Replaced tube. 
105000 mi

US $650
4 Engine mount bushings and 
134000 mi

US $1500
Spark plugs changed. Air tube to filter replaced (hole) 
176000 mi

US $420
Replace leaking gasket 
64000 mi

US $284
Pulley replaced for engine drive belts. Pulley was causing high-pitched noise and could have soon impaired drivability of vehicle. 

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2006 Kia Sedona 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel automatic 2WD

61000 mi new fuel injection system; would have been £2,400 
65000 mi gearbox resetting - kept going into safety mode. never resolved. 

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2006 Kia Sedona 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

6000 mi REPLACED THE TIMING CHAIN TENSIONERS AS PER TSB. 

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2005 Kia Sedona 4dr Minivan, ext.

195-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

108500 mi

C $400
3 pulleys needed to be replaced due to excessive noise. 2 pulleys were defective, 1 was done as a precaution. 
83000 mi

US $800
Fuel Injectors on back 3 cylinders needs replacing 
59000 mi Replaced transmission sensor, cost covered by manufacturer 100,000 mile warranty 

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2004 Kia Sedona 4dr Minivan, ext.

195-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

140000 mi

US $500
Replaced Front and Rear Engine Mounts 
140500 mi

US $500
Replaced Main Engine Gasket (was leaking alot of oil) Replaced Serpentine Belt Replaced Spark Plugs and Wire Harness 

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2002 Kia Sedona 4dr Minivan, ext.

195-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

75000 mi

US $2400
lost ac 
95000 mi

US $1000
Engine was misfiring and needed much more than plugs. 
110000 mi Cleared CEL, but it came back. No obvious symptoms, so we're not messing with it. 
119000 mi

US $500
Failed thermostat regularly registered the car as overheating. (I know there was something else repaired at the same time, but I don't have the documentation handy.) 
122300 mi Van has begun stalling when it has low fuel, under maybe a quarter tank or so. No repairs are planned; we'll just get gas more often. 
124000 mi

US $400
Car failed emissions test; went in for catalytic converter/exhaust work. Car has begun overheating and dying when driven more than 15-20 minutes. No immediate plans to repair; will likely be donated. (It would have required a tow, but it was just left in a parking lot and come back for once it had cooled off.) 
124000 mi

US $300
A shop fixed the previous overheating problem by disabling the rear heating system, which we took as an acceptable solution. (A repair that kept it working would have been much more expensive.) 
79000 mi

US $500
P0305 misfire cylinder 5 code. Local mechanic did tune up/teardown-code still there. Replaced Injector, code gone but engine still bucking. Off to dealer for more repair. 
119000 mi Car had restart issues aftr driving of/on for 5 months. thought it was starter. 3 wks ago car cut off while in drive. car was pushed out of traffic, waited a while then it started. garage put car on machine, but couldn't locate problem. 

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2002 Kia Sedona 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

91000 mi

US $140
oil leak from head gaskets 

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