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Kia Sedona Engine Problems and Repair Histories

338 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Kia Sedona. 62 of these members (18.3%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 85 engine repairs to Kia Sedonas--an average of 0.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Don't infer Kia Sedona problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Kia Sedona repairs by problem area

26% of the Kia Sedona repairs were to the engine, 4% to the transmission, 9% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 33% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 6% to the body and trim, and 9% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 326 repairs.

Kia Sedona engine repair cost distribution

Of the Kia Sedona engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 10% cost less than $100, 49% between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, 12% between $1000 and $2499, and 10% more than $2500.

Chart based on 41 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2007 Kia Sedona 4dr Minivan, ext.

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

Kia Sedona in Arizona, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2007 0    
6000 0 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 0 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 0 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 0 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. 
67000  
Kia Sedona in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2009 56000    
56000 0 Chattering idler pulley 
78000 400 Check engine light on, bad oxygen sensor replaced. 
110000 150 Check engine light on, code reported lean mixture, mechanic replaced cracked air intake duct, problem resolved, which also fixed slight hesitation problem 
115000 200 Engine would suddenly drop to idle and "limp home" mode, diagnosed and replaced bad throttle position sensor, reflash ECM due to revised part. 
120000  

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2006 Kia Sedona 4dr Minivan, ext.

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

Kia Sedona in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2007 0    
16000 0 Check engine light came on flashing, then solid. Engine misfire from computer, did a software update, problem fixed. 
88000 120 intake tube replaced 
89300 620 Throttle body needed replaceing 
95000  
Kia Sedona in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2007 14000    
18000 0 Lifter noise or clicking on cold start. They could not replicate the problem. 
42000 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. 
 
Kia Sedona in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 18000    
19000 0 Check engine light flashing, engine running very roughly, vehicle not reliably driveable and requiring tow to dealer who re-flashed PCM 
82000 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 
160000  
Kia Sedona in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 9000    
12000 0 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 0 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. 
89000  

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2006 Kia Sedona 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Kia in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 5000    
5000 0 REPLACED THE TIMING CHAIN TENSIONERS AS PER TSB. 

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