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Kia Sedona (1999-2006) Buying Guide

Kia Sedona (1999-2006)
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by Richard Dredge

For the large family on a budget, the Sedona makes huge sense. With reasonable economy from the 2.9-litre turbodiesel engine, acres of space in the cabin and good reliability, there's much to recommend Kia's people carrier. But it's an unsophisticated tool, with a coarse diesel engine and clunky automatic gearbox. For all-round value though, the Sedona is very hard to beat.

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Amazingly spacious
Cheap to buy
Reliable
Well equipped
Plasticky interiors
Gruff diesel engine
Thirtsy petrol engine
Two-star Euro-NCAP rating
Key Dates 
9/99Sedona launched with choice of 2.5 V6 petrol or 2.9 turbodiesel engines. Choice of S, SX, GSX or Executive trims levels.
10/01Rationalised range now consists of LX and SE models.
10/03LE limited edition offered, with alloy wheels, privacy glass and rear spoiler. Sat-nav and DVD player also standard. T-LE special edition also available; as LE but with category 1 alarm and immobiliser.
1/04Line up is bolstered by arrival of LS.
8/04ES joins range.
7/05SE+ now here, with electric windows all round, leather trim.
Checklist 
  • Rust breaks out in the seams and floorpans, as well as behind the number plate surround.
  • ABS can cut in at low speeds, due to a software fault.
  • Wheel bearings can fail prematurely, although they should have been replaced by now.
  • Ensure oil pressure warning light goes out; some cars were fitted with a faulty oil pump strainer, which should have been replaced by now.
  • Check for trim damage and stains from boisterous children.
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