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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,422 miles

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2006 Kia Sedona drivetrain problems

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2006 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 022014

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 109,799 miles


After parking vehicle, went to exit and could not remove ignition key. Key turned off vehicle but would only go as far accs, which means while motor was not running, power was still on. Made sure dash indicator was in park, yet could not remove key. Spoke to a locksmith and added lube to around ignition key without any results. Left inside semi-heated garage overnight in case of frozen components without results. While dash indicator seemed to show proper gear selections, while in park, key could not removed, steering wheel would not lock, and vehicle could be moved forward and backward by manual pushing, in the meantime it was using up the battery. Kia dealership determined "shifter assembly failure", and after $600+ and 6 days for the special ordered part, vehicle was returned, but the failed part was returned to the supplier for a core charge. So if vehicle was parked in a parking lot and ignition key cannot be removed the car could be stolen, if parked on an incline car could roll away because it's truly not in park, and or your battery is dead. There was prior warning of any failure and owned since new.

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 012012

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
Vehicle has been suffering from constant power loss with ESC light illuminated. Now it suddenly accelerates with the light lightest touch on pedal, lurching as it accelerates. It happens especially often when engine is under stress, such as climbing up a hill. I was parking in garage when is rapidly accelerated and my side bumper in front grazed garage door sidewall. It has also happened in reverse with rear side bumper nicking same spot on garage. This vehicle is a safety nightmare. Fault codes P2135 and P2106 often appear.

- Detroit Lakes, MN, USA

problem #4

Aug 012011

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Over the past year, I have replaced struts, bushings, cv boots, & countless other items on suspension. I have had Sedona looked @ by multiple mechanics. Have driven around w/ me on both occasions. Had three ase certified guys at one time checking everywhere for lose or broken parts. We even checked spare tire & the pressure in it. When I go over any uneven surface, something rattles or clunks under the van. Not a little, a lot! everyone can actually feel it, not just hear it. Cannot pin point seems mostly around spare tire area, but I feel it under driver & passenger area too. Middle & back can feel & hear it. You cannot make it happen over things like speed bumps. Just uneven surfaces. Random.. so embarrassing & making me crazy! I also have had on 5 or 6 occasions when driving, I will take foot off gas as cars slow or exiting up a hwy ramp. When I push to excel, it wont catch but the engine rpms go crazy & engine races. I have to try to let off & reapply foot to gas to get it to grab. I almost got rearended twice! it happens fast, suddenly & far in between. Scares me to death. It is like the transmission is slipping, but had at dealership long ago for this & just like the other stuff, if they cannot make it happen... sorry, out of luck! I now am just under the 100K mark & still cannot get resolve. Cannot sell a clunking car!

- Imperial, MO, USA

problem #3

Jan 052009


  • 61,000 miles


Problems with stalling and rough shifting. This van has been in the shop 10 or more time for the same problem. It has been serviced at capital Kia in austin, Texas all 10 times. The transmission has been replaced 2 times, the main computer has been replaced. Air sensor replaced. The list goes on and on. My service advisor is gene. While he has been helpful he is limited on what he can do. I have called corporate several times and they have advise the service technicians on what to fix but the van is still not working. We need help in getting rid of the van.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 132006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,300 miles
I purchased a 2006 Kia Sedona in August, 2006. On 08-14-2006 it was returned for malfunction of the airbag system, repairs were made. I also stated to them that it was pulling to the left, which to this day they have not corrected. On 11-13-2006 at approx. 3,300 miles the engine light came on, the van began to sputter and cut out. It was towed to the dealer( misfire in cyclinder)and repairs were made. The van was returned to the dealer again on 01-03-2007(scanned system, could not find code),01-18-2007(multiple misfires),02-08-2007(random misfires. Also repaired shorted out hot wire to driver's side parking light),04-09-2007(they stated that the gas cap was loose, even though the van is skipping),04-12-2007 (random misfires). After sending a final repair attempt letter to Kia they picked my vehicle up on 04-23-2007 and brought techs in from California to assess the problem. I was going to pick my van up on Thursday 04-26-2007 but Kia called and stated that after they test drove it the engine light once again came on. They stated that they hope to have it resolved on 04-27-2007. On 04-27-2007 they hope to have it resolved on 04-30-2007. On 04-30-2007 they hope to have it resolved on 05-01-2007. On 05-01-2007 they stated that they would be pulling out the drive train to ship to California and in turn Kia/California would be shipping a new one. Now they hope to have it resolved on Friday, May 4, 2007. I have major safety concerns/issues regarding this vehicle. There is obviously severe electrical/mechanical problems and this vehicle is not stable/safe enough to be roadworthy. The people at the dealership are wonderful and understanding to my concerns, however Kia motors of America does not seem to address the safety issues as a concern. I am still pursuing this issues between myself and Kia, but this is way too much hassle to go through to try to keep myself, my family and other motorist safe against this vehicle being on the road.

- College Park, GA, USA

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problem #1

Apr 242006

Sedona 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,431 miles
TL- the contact stated that his 2006 Kia Sedona has had safety issues since he purchased the vehicle in 04/2006. The contact stated that after purchasing his vehicle in 04/2006 the vehicle started having stalling problems. The contact informed the dealership of the problems he was having such as stalling, and the when trying to shift the gear to drive the vehicle wouldn't go into drive nor will the vehicle go forward. The dealership informed the contact that the vheicle needed a new transmission because of the front pump seal was ripped. The contact stated that they replace the transmission on 08/11/06. The contact stated that after that time he continued to have stalling problems. He also stated the brakes started to lock up, started smoking and making a rumbling noise. The contact stated that he was infomed by the dealership that there was a recall for his vehicle with campaing# 06V26500, for service brakes; foundation components; hoses; lines/ piping and fitting. The contact stated that they replaced that recall on 09/20/06. After that the contact stated that something burned the fuse box in the engine compartment and the wipers and lights stopped working and had to replace the fuses on the vehicle. The contact did inform the dealership of this problem and he was infomed again by the dealership of a recall for campaign# 06V349000 for the electrical system; wiring. The contact did call the manufacturer about the many problems he's had with his new vehicle and was given a case # K1213970. The contact stated that he spoke to tavares davis at the corporate office and was told that they will discuss a buy back from the contact. The contact stated that this coversation took place in 01/2006 and Mr. Davis hasn't called him back regarding the buy back. The contact does have all repair orders that were done by the dealership. (plh)

- Chicago, IL, USA

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