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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Kia Sephia body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 191999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The window seal is faulty causing rain to leak into the vehicle onto the right front floor, the weahterstrip on the right rear door is distorted. Nlm

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #13

Jun 212001

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Consumer states she now has a broken door handle, due to the repair shop locking the keys in the vehicle the driver's side lock is broken.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #12

Nov 011998

Sephia

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle taken to dealer 4-5 times for driver's door repairs. Door will not stay shut. While driving door will fly open. Other times consumer is not able to open door at all. Dealer has replaced seal + lubricated seal.

- Gardner, MA, USA

problem #11

Aug 251998

Sephia

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Signal lights fail to work properly when in use during cold weather for 15 minutes or so. Sometimes this happens when it's raining. The dealer replaced the hazard switch and there have not been any failures since. Seat belts have been replaced 3 times. Brakes and rotors have been replaced 3 times. Windshield wipers failed prior to recall. Head gasket replaced at 3500 miles. Molding on the doors fell off and was replaced. Tailpipe was replaced due to excessive exhaust fumes.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #10

Sep 242000

Sephia

  • miles
Brakes, lights, seats, battery, airbags, odometer, leaks, aircondition, leftdoorhandle (tiresize: 14`)( dot number: Tire size: 14` )

- Colfax, LA, USA

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problem #9

Jul 271999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
The door seals failed allowing fumes to enter the car. Nlm

- Virginia B, VA, USA

problem #8

Jul 271999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Door seal failed. Nlm

- Virginia B, VA, USA

problem #7

Jun 151998

Sephia

  • miles
The front passenger side door can not be opened from the outside because outer handle is inoperative. Nlm

- Drummond, MT, USA

problem #6

Aug 302000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Premature wear of brake pads and rotors. Dealer has repaired and replaced the brakes several times. In addition heater core, alternator, starter, spark plugs, front windshield and door weather strips failed.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #5

Jun 151998

Sephia

  • miles
The front passenger side door can not be opened from the outside because outer handle is inoperative. Nlm

- Drummond, MT, USA

problem #4

May 271999

Sephia

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Failure of front brakes 3 times, dash board wire harness failure causing dash board displays, starter wire harness failed and needed to be replaced, paint rubbing off and blistering, lowed noises/vibration under driver side when driving in wet condittions, , poor gas milage, faulty gas guage, broken right rear speaker, back right door weather gasket falling off for the third time, slopp steering responce during quick turns

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #3

Aug 211998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Molding is deformed at rear door. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #2

Jul 271999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
The door seals failed allowing fumes to enter the car. Nlm

- Virginia B, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 271999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Door seal failed. Nlm

- Virginia B, VA, USA

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