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Picked up a 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L #5464714 06/28/20 08:49 AM
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After 2-3 months of searching, the wife and I finally found a Sedona SX-L we were willing to pull the trigger on. We were dead set on a Sedona-- seems to be the only modern minivan that's not butt ugly (IMHO). Can't stand Honda's lightning bolt "hearse" styling and the Toyota is too long in the tooth having been around in current form since 2011. Didn't like the Pacifica interior and the seats were paper thin due to stow and go. So that left the Sedona, and further narrowing our options, I insist on HID lights on a new vehicle so that made the SX-L with technology package (absolute top trim) as my choices. Suffice it to say, it's not Kia's most popular model. We found a couple others but they always sold before our schedule would allow us to travel to GA, NC, or whatever far flung place the van happened to be. This one we found was 3-1/2 hours away in Ironton, OH, which is tucked down in the tri-state area (OH, WV, KY) on the foothills of the Appalachians.

Van had a accident noted in the Carfax but it was clear to me that it was superficial and had been repaired well except one spot which the dealer is fixing. I was able to talk them down from 21k to 20k with the caveat that they install new tires of a name brand. Van has 28k miles on it and was from Florence, KY (Cincinnati area) its whole life, so far enough south that it would have only had infrequent salt exposure, if any. Van is solid, drives well, decent condition for a 2015. They wanted us to take it home (even suggesting it was state law that I take it), but I insisted the keep it till they install the tires and fix the couple issues I identified. Should be picking it up early next week.

Dealer was pleasant enough to work with. They attempted the usual tactics of throwing every expensive warranty, paint sealer, (no vin etching thankfully), gap coverage they could packaged into a super long term loan (think it was 75 months) to make the monthly payment not appear sky high. Thankfully they didn't balk too much (other than the usual peace-of-mind sales pitch) when I told them to get rid of it all and just present me with an X amount for van, X interest rate, X monthly payment with no garbage (other than their $250 doc fee which I'm okay with) tacked on. I've always bought vehicles that way and drove them to 200k+ and never had any major issues. So if something major was to pop up down the road and I have to pay out of pocket, I'm still way ahead than if I were to buy an extended warranty on every used vehicle purchase. Luckily the dealer offers an in-house 10-year/1M mile powertrain warranty at no cost, so at least I have some protection, though I haven't read the fine print.

Wife named the van Ruby, seems appropriate. Our 4 kids are very pleased, they can't get over the lounge seating, TV (which they've never had in a vehicle) and dual sunroofs. I'm neutral on the color, not my favorite, but it's good enough. Really wanted a white one with the saddle (tan) interior, those are REALLY sharp, but I wasn't prepared to wait months and months waiting for one with the right combination of price and mileage. Pics aren't the greatest due to all the reflections; I'll have some good ones once I get it home and can give it a good detailing.

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Re: Picked up a 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5464751 06/28/20 09:43 AM
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Looks like a great purchase. Keep the door latches and sliding door track well lubricated. Some Kias are prone to have the door strikers corrode.

I like the color, just be careful with letting tree sap or bird droppings on it for an extended period of time.


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Re: Picked up a 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5464773 06/28/20 10:11 AM
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Nice choice, congrats. Looks like a 2020 model. In fact after seeing the pics I had to go back and reread that part.

Also like how it’s a loaded up model. Sounds like you’re right on point with everything.

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Re: Picked up a 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5464790 06/28/20 10:38 AM
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Nice choice.
It has the 3.3L, same as out 2016 Sorento.
If you choose to do your own oil changes, easy to use a Mityvac, suck the oil out of the dipstick tube and change out the oil cartridge from the top.
It should take a 27mm socket to remove.

Every 5k miles and OE oil filter if it was my car. PP 5W-30 is a great go to oil.


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Re: Picked up a 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5464803 06/28/20 10:51 AM
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Vans give me bad memories of family life in the nineties but if you gotta, I think the Sedona is the best of the bunch. Like the color too. Good find.


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Re: Picked up a 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5464819 06/28/20 11:32 AM
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Nice van!


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Re: Picked up a 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L [Re: Nick1994] #5464825 06/28/20 11:41 AM
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Nice. Congrats on your new vehicle.

Re: Picked up a 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5464871 06/28/20 12:45 PM
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Congrats on the new ride! Like the color myself.....


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Re: Picked up a 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5464982 06/28/20 03:29 PM
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Decent purchase!
Congrats. I like the interior.

Re: Picked up a 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5464994 06/28/20 03:55 PM
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Congratulations on the new purchase. My oldest daughter bought an 2015 LX last month. She came down from Virginia to visit two weeks ago and I liked it.


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Re: Picked up a 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5465052 06/28/20 05:36 PM
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Very nice pick up, rare to see a KIA that well loaded. Our previous generation Sedona (12) has been excellent I'd expect even better from that one. Nice!


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Re: Picked up a 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5465125 06/28/20 07:34 PM
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Looks good thumbsup

Re: Picked up a 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5465151 06/28/20 08:06 PM
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Nice!


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Re: Picked up a 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5465751 06/29/20 03:41 PM
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Super nice! $20k is a ton to me for a 5yr old Kia, but like you said, it's likely seen little to no salt and if you want all the options, it's going to cost you.

Having owned and shopped MVs for years, I know these late model kia and Hyundai variants are tough to come by.

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