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Have a 2008 sedona, since i bought it when i turn on the engine i get a heavy fuel smeil. The dealer said its normal. As well it burns fuel like mad, nothing like it reported by EPA.

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If you can smell fuel then something is wrong. if you smell it only out of the tailpipe then if there was a problem the check engine light would be lit up. raw fuel could be leaking at a fuel line or component and unless is severe would not cause a engine light.you didnt state what your mileage is your getting but alot of things cause poor mileage number one is driving conditions and habits.you can increase gas mileage more than 15 miles to the gallon on alot of cars just by paying attention to driving habits. also it is important to clean the throttle body regularly. a dirty one causes all kinds of problems and low fuel mileage is one of them.it needs to be physically cleaned,no in tank treatment or additives will do the job.if you take to a shop make sure you see a tech taking of air intake tube and cleaning it with some sray AND a brush. some shops just put additives in the gas and oil and sometimes in a vacuum hose or throug the fuel rail.it is an inexspensive service [when not included in a fuel injection cleaning package] and should be done at 30,000 miles or sooner depending on drive conditions etc.

Posted on May 29, 2010

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  • jrebelo May 30, 2010

    Thank you for your reponse. But the car has been like this since new. I have only 12,000 miles and the problem is getting worse. The dealer won't do anything. They also mentioned that the engine doesn't come on, so ther no problem in there eyes. I believe that the engine has a defect out of the factory. What to do now!

  • dougbender51 May 30, 2010

    call the kia rep. in your area. the number should be in the owners manual or at least a corporate number should be in there.there has been an explosion of new kia dealers in the last few years and perhaps yours is a newer one [meaning less experienced techs] they arent savy to the fact that a fuel line small leak will not turn on the light. only a vapor leak from the vent system will do that so i suspect they just give it a quick eyeball.they dont get paid unless a repair is made so if they think no light no problem there not going to waste time on it.

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