Fleet Update: 2006 Kia Sedona EX

Ron Kiino
Dec 10, 2007
Photographers: Julia LaPalme
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Photographer Brian Vance, who took the Kia to Kingman, Arizona, for our "The Science of Speed" story, discovered "an irritating whistle from the driver-side A-pillar that seems to occur when traveling above 70 mph with a crosswind," adding that when you "drop below 70, the whistle goes away; nudge back up again, and there it is in all its ear-piercing painfulness." Other displeasures include a squeaky, friction noise coming from where the steering wheel meets the steering column and a loose door-hinge arm binding whenever the door is fully opened.
After racking up 30,000 miles, we drove the Sedona to Glendale Kia for its final service stop. The big 30K job included an air-filter replacement, an oil change, a tire rotation, and a full inspection, the last of which uncovered a torn left CV boot (replaced under warranty). The dealer then charged us a staggering $504.71 for the tuneup.
We also had the technicians inspect the brakes, which seemed to be causing an obnoxious vibration when on the binders, and were informed that the front brake pads were worn out and the front brake rotors slightly warped. For another $191.99, the dealer installed new pads and resurfaced the rotors.

2006 Kia Sedona EX
Months/miles in service: 16/32,135
Avg econ/CO2: 17.9 mpg/1.05 lb/mi
Unresolved problems: None
Maintenance cost: $811.76 (wiper blades, 3 air filters, 4 oil-change/tire-rotation/brake-inspection stops)
Normal-wear cost: $191.99 (resurface front brake rotors, replace front brake pads)
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