hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,381 miles

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2006 Kia Sedona engine problems

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2006 Kia Sedona Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 262016


  • 114,300 miles


Oil leaks from valve cover gasket and timing cover gasket cause oil to drop on the alternator. This oil residue causes the alternator to stop working and in turn the battery dies. My vehicle has stopped abruptly on the freeway three times due to this issue, when all electrical power to the vehicle is abruptly disabled with very less warning and reaction time. This is a very dangerous situation and if not for my alertness and quick reaction, my family would have been a traffic hazard and accident prone. This a manufacturing or part related defect on Kia Sedonas. My mechanics have confirmed seeing this on other Kia Sedonas. My vehicle currently still has this problem and I am trying to get Kia to address it.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 082008


  • 51,823 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sedona. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 51,823. Updated 2/25/15

- Meeker , CO, USA

problem #3

Sep 022014

Sedona 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
I was leaving my house and had just driven a short distance when the check engine light and the ESC off came on as the car slowed to almost a stop. I pressed on the accelerator and nothing happened. I got out of the car and raised the hood and the engine was idling roughly. I turned the car off and on several times but nothing chaged; it wouldn't accelerate and the warning lights stayed on. The ESC off light eventually went out and the check engine light stayed on but I was able to drive it again. I took it to a mechanic who lubricated a throttle cable after checking the codes. It worked for a few weeks after that but the ESC off light came on again intermittently after that. I am afraid of losing power when I am in heavy traffic, at an intersection, merging, or anywhere I will be in danger if I cannot move out of the way of oncoming traffic.

- Schuyler, VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012014


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitated to start and was towed to the dealer. The dealer was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- Wendell, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 222011


  • 100,783 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Sedona. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall as soon as the engine was started. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the junction box and instrument panel module needed to be replaced. In addition, the engine was leaking oil into the alternator. The dealer made repairs to rectify the oil leak failure but to no avail. The instrument panel module and junction box were not replaced. The failure mileage was 100,783.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

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