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2002 Kia Sedona EX 4dr Auto

2002 Kia Sedona
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door EX, 2WD Minivan
15 mpg city / 20 mpg hwy
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November 6, 2012, 7:43 pm

Ramona P
 

Question: Do we repair, buy less priced Used or new?

We've been told that the head gaskets need to be replaced on our 2002 Kia Sedona 123800 miles and we need help deciding whether to buy a new vehicle or replace the head gaskets. We just put on new tires and had a major tuneup in the last 5 months. Ching Ching. What are the good angles to look at in making our decision. ~$3000 for repairs or $5000+ new used unknown problems no warranty or newer with monthly payments and some warranty. HELP. Thank you.


November 15, 2012, 7:25 pm

Elizabeth K
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That's a good question. The first thing to try is to look for a shop that can do the job for less money. $3000 sounds high for a head gasket, is that a dealership quote? Knowing exactly what is wrong and your engine size, you should be able to get some other quotes by making a few phone calls.

But when comparing a $3000 repair on a $5000 car, it often boils down to 'are you in love with this vehicle?' and is it exactly the vehicle you need? You are correct, another vehicle is an unknown.


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