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How reliable is the 2008 Kia Carnival/Sedona?

How reliable is the 2008 Kia Carnival/Sedona with manual transmission? This particular car has almost 80,000 miles on it, it's a diesel engine. What problems should I be aware of if I view it?

Brian Cooke

Jul 2014 Filed under: reliability

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Hi Brian,

Generally speaking, the Sedona should be as close to utterly reliable as is possible. A 2008 model will still have up to a year's warranty left on it, which is reassuring, and the only repetitive niggle we can find with them is that the electric sliding side doors can have a mind of their own and you will probably often have to resort to manual control. Kia dealers don't seem to be able to locate the source of the problem, for some reason. 

We have heard reports of a few 'Friday afternoon' cars that have had troubles with clutches, brakes, air conditioning and gearboxes, but these seem to be very rare indeed.

Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Adviser

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