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Anyone have an idea of the life expectancy of a Sedona is? Or, is it too early in the game to make that assessment?

By life expectancy I mean, how long can I drive my Sedona (with normal maintenance) before either the motor or transmission needs to be rebuilt or replaced?

I've not been very impressed with all the little crap that keeps breaking on mine and other people are telling me to get rid of it ASAP. I fear I made a bad decision in buying a KIA.

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Seen UK models hittingg 150k miles, although they are the diesel version.
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150K miles and still going strong?

I've already got nearly 100K on the odometer. My Plymouth Voyager went 192K miles before blowing a head gasket. With that repaired, it's again running without problem.

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Yes still going well, just wearing things out, wheel bearings seem to be a weak point, along with the usual brake wear.

No pattern to any major mechanical failures though.
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As far as the mechanicals go, do some research on whatever the "big" Mitsubishi is over there. Here it's the Magna. That 3.5 V6 power-unit (engine/trans) is a Mitsubishi design via Hyundai. Not sure if it's made by Kia/Hyundai under license or just bought straight from Mitsu., but that will give you a good indicator. Under our conditions, barring faults like the infamous 2.5 V6 engine-liner problem, I'd be expecting a minimum of 200 000 km (120 000 miles) from the motor & 100 000 to 200 000 km from the Auto Trans, depending on use. Here our local Taxi-Drivers expect 250 000 km from 4.0 litre 6 cyl motors, the same from Autos & 500 000 km from a Diff. Good kuck!

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I hope the new 3.8 is a Mitsubishi as they are giving a 10 year warranty on it over here,so it must be a decent sort of motor.Just hope Kia don't muck around with it,though i doubt they would give 10 yrs on it.
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I'd be expecting a minimum of 200 000 km (120 000 miles) from the motor & 100 000 to 200 000 km from the Auto Trans, depending on use.
Ouch! 120K miles is pretty pathetic, even as a minimum.

Thanks for the heads-up on the Mitsubishi power unit. I'll look into it and see what I come up with.

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I hope the new 3.8 is a Mitsubishi as they are giving a 10 year warranty on it over here,so it must be a decent sort of motor.Just hope Kia don't muck around with it,though i doubt they would give 10 yrs on it.

I'm pretty sure that the 3.8 is a Mitsu. unit as Mitsubishi has recently replaced the Magna here with the new "380" with a, you guessed it, 3.8 litre FWD V6. Currently it's the most powerful 6 in Oz.

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Ouch! 120K miles is pretty pathetic, even as a minimum.

Thanks for the heads-up on the Mitsubishi power unit. I'll look into it and see what I come up with.

Oh, I dunno. When I started driving 26 years ago 100 000 miles was considered excellent mileage for the then OHV/Carby engines. My last Hiace (OHC/Carby/LPG) went 428 000 km (256 000 miles) on it's first motor, but it was a Toyota!

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Originally posted by Esses@Mar 2 2006, 02:13 AM
Oh, I dunno. When I started driving 26 years ago 100 000 miles was considered excellent mileage
If the cost of a car today was relative to what the cost of a car was 26 years ago, that might be tolerable. But, the price of a new car has climbed much, much faster than has inflation.

Plus, many other vehicles are easily pushing past 200K and 300K. My SAAB 900 has 167K on it and was built in '85 (and still running strong).

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