2006 Kia Sedona LX 3.8 from North America


Been a great car over the 10 years I owned it



Ball joints.


Air conditioning.

General Comments:

Great mini van, had it for 10 years, still runs dependably.

Air conditioning went recently, not worth fixing on a 10 year old car, but it runs very well, very little costs to keep running. Drinks a lot of gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th May, 2016

7th Jun 2017, 16:37

May be all you need to do is just recharge the A/C. It is easy and cheap; there are several YouTube videos available.

2006 Kia Sedona LX 3.8 from North America


Great vehicle, very dependable, 8 years old now


Normal wear and tear, brakes etc.

Back up sensors were always a problem.

General Comments:

I would buy an 8 year old Sedona over a new Grand Caravan any day of the week.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2015

2006 Kia Sedona LX 3.8 V6 from North America


Well screwed together machine


Starter failed at 70,000 km. Replaced with a used one from a wrecker's for $80.

At 75,000, the right front coil spring snapped (while parked for 1 week!). It cut the tire when it was inadvertently moved. When repaired, it was discovered that the left rear coil spring was collapsed as well.

At 85,000, the right door mirror has come loose due to corrosion of its folding / swivelling mechanism.

General Comments:

I'll be the first to admit, I never thought I'd purchase a van. I like big station wagons, preferably covered in fake wood panelling. They don't make those anymore, so when my wife and I discovered we were having child #3, we decided to go with a van. With a low budget, I knew a 5 year old used van was the best I could do. I take issue with minivan design practices. Most 'people-movers' are essentially a car platform with a bigger, heavier body dropped on it. (e.g.: Ford Windstar is Taurus based, Honda Odyssey is Accord based, etc) The Sedona shares its platform with nothing else. The engine is shared with assorted Hyundai / Kia sedans and SUVs.

I found the purchase price to be quite reasonable, and I'm a resourceful auto shopper. Mine is a base model (steel wheels, cloth interior, no DVD, no power assisted doors). I paid $9888 for it with 64,000 on the clock.

I will not complain about any dealer servicing issues, I've never been back to see them. I have a couple of reliable, reputable, local mechanics I deal with, but most mechanical issues on a vehicle I can fix myself.

The only complaints I have so far are the lack of aftermarket (non OEM-supplied) parts, and the steep cost of OEM (dealer) parts.

When my starter seized, re-builders had none available. I was told mine could be rebuilt for $350. The dealer wanted over $500 for a new one. I purchased a used one at a wrecking yard for $80, and installed it myself.

When the springs failed, there were no aftermarket parts listed for this van. The dealer prices were astronomical. I acquired the parts needed from a wrecker's for $175, and paid $150 to have them installed.

I won't go on about the front tire being cut by the damaged spring; I needed front tires anyway.

Mechanical parts suffer fatigue and fail. It's a 6 year old van. Overall I enjoy its driveability, its towing capacity, and interior spaciousness. I like to 'keep' my vehicles, so with regular oil-spraying to prevent rust, I intend to get many years of motoring out of this van!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2012

20th Jan 2016, 23:48

I believe the front coil springs were the subject of a recall. You may want to contact a dealer.

2006 Kia Sedona LX 3.8 from North America


Has performed admirably


The AM band didn't work out of the box. I talked them into giving me a loaner (also an 06 Sedona) while they worked on it.

There was a minor cosmetic issue, which was never resolved.

The vehicle was excellent well into the 80 to 90k mileage range; then the front left turn signal light blew. I replaced it, only to have it act up again. I let it go after replacing the bulb twice, and it's still not working. Eventually it started working on its own.

Eventually the air bag light came on, and it's on now, and the windshield washers don't spray. I replaced the fuse and it worked for a few days. I am waiting for that to come back too.

General Comments:

As I said, the performance has been exceptional. I drive at least 30k miles per year, and all I do is get the oil changed every 5k.

I went to the dealer for the transmission fluid replacement. Do not let them pressure change your transmission fluid. Leave the filter alone. I have had two crazy mishaps when the van stayed in gear and made a noise when it shifted.

Speaking of performance. I have surprised many a driver when shifting manually from a standstill. 8.6 seconds 0 to 60 seems a little slow to me. On the hwy, I have calculated mpg above 27. Typically in mixed driving, I am always above 20 mpg, and I calculate mpg every fill up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th August, 2010

16th May 2012, 14:54

Would really like to know how you got 27 MPG on the highway? I went very easy on my LX, and never topped 23.5 MPG on the highway, and we're talking Interstate driving for over 11 hours at a time.

City driving, I never saw above 18 MPG, and sometimes saw as low as 13 MPG.

22nd Sep 2013, 23:22

I was driving through Georgia going east towards Savannah. We probably had a good tailwind. I have achieved 26 MPG once or twice also. I typically carry a load until we travel so the engine doesn't work as hard (another guess). I mostly follow good driving techniques.

17th Aug 2014, 12:47

27 MPG was probably a fluke. A tailwind and slowing down to 55-60mph.

17th Aug 2014, 13:01

This is commentary on my original post. 244,000+ at this point. The engine is still strong, original serpentine belt and water pump. MPG has fallen, but it needs a tuneup. It would be the second tuneup. Replaced struts and shocks this year; they never leaked.

The turn signal issue was a socket problem. I fixed that. Windshield washer fluid had gelled. Easy to remove reservoir and clean. Works fine now.

I did replace the transmission, so I no longer feel the need to show how fast it can accelerate. The rack and pinion assembly needs to be replaced now too. Overall, it has been extremely reliable and has had few problems.

I would drive it anywhere and feel secure (after a tuneup and a rack is installed).

29th May 2018, 12:08

May 2018. The 2006 Sedona has 276,000 miles. Just completed a 350 mile round trip with the air on, loaded with kids and gear and luggage. Did not calculate mileage this time. I would guess around 20 to 21 MPG since speed was lower. Traveled to our destination in pouring rain with 25 to 50 feet of visibility at times. Front left turn signal was the socket so I removed it, reformed the spring leads and reinstalled. It has its issues, but is still a solid good running vehicle. Our one owner 2003 Optima SE V6 has 220,000 miles. Maintained with timing belt and water pump replacement, and is also doing fine.