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10.0

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

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1998 Kia Sephia brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #27

Apr 172000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles

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

Sliding door keeps ajar, and overhead light come son. Brakes are squealing and the car shakes badly if I go 65 miles per hour. I noticed that when it is raining that the car makes a terrible buzzing sound. I ahve had an exhaust leak and the brakes replaced already once and the fuel pump was replaced but I am still having problems with it.

- Owasso, OK, USA

problem #26

Jan 182000

Sephia

  • miles
While driving at very windy conditions on dry road. Brakes went out while consumer was going 75mph on highway and tried to pass another vehicle. Had to pump brakes continuously to stop vehicle. The vehicle was sent to the dealer, and the consumer did want it fix because it almost killed his family.

- Pubelo, CO, USA

problem #25

Nov 101999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car has a problem going into park. Consumer has to use emergency brake to park the car or it will slide. Dealer said rotors need to be turned.

- Gainsville, FL, USA

problem #24

Nov 061999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

This car has had new transmission/brakes/radio and battery, and I am waiting on something new to happen soon. I bought this car because I thought that my feet was not aas dependable as a car..my mistake. If the repairs keep up I will have a new car without even trading!!! this car gives new meaning to lemon.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #23

Dec 211999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
When the transmission was in reverse, it would pop out of gear into neutral. Then vehicle would stop. Also, ABS brakes were replaced twice due to excessive wear to drums. Headlights would have condensation, and dashboard was replaced due to cracks. Vehicle now on third transmission and it still slips out of reverse when backing up.

- Ft Ritchey, FL, USA

problem #22

Aug 131999

Sephia

  • miles
Engine check light/air bag lights are on. Car will not start, also, there was a problem with the brakes. When applying the brakes, pedal went to the floor, consumer almost had a collision.

- Nashvilee, TN, USA

problem #21

Apr 121999

Sephia

  • miles

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

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #20

Mar 201999

Sephia

  • miles
Vehicle would shimmy whenever brakes were applied, and intermittently the pedal would harden, causing extended stopping distance. Vehicle been in / out of dealer shop on three occasions, and problem still reoccurring.

- Monroe, WA, USA

problem #19

Dec 181998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When starting the vehicle up vehicle doesn't start up properly. Also, when driving at any speed and applying the brakes, they go half way to the floorboard, and vehicle jerks. In addition, computer chip/ gear shift malfunctioned. Vehicle has been into the shop over ten times. Air bag light and the check engine light keep coming on. Dealer can't determine the cause of the problems.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #18

Aug 151998

Sephia

  • miles
Can feel brakes pulsating when attempting stop vehicle. This causes the vehicle to pull to the right. Would make grinding noises when this happens. The steering wheel would shake. Inside the vehicle, the structure would leak. Been to dealer & had entire brake system replaced.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #17

Apr 151999

Sephia

  • miles

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

ABS brakes malfunctioned, causing vehicle to wander and vibrate whenever brake were applied. Also, extended stopping distance. Dealer notified, and a second attempt is being made.

- New London, CT, USA

problem #16

Sep 151998

Sephia

  • miles
Ongoing problem with excessive wear of brake parts. On five occasions brake pads/rotors, and calipers have been replaced. Can NHTSA help to provide information concerning defective parts or erratic problem with brake system.

- Maldon, MA, USA

problem #15

Nov 091998

Sephia

  • miles
While braking brakes pulsated and caused extended stopping distance. Also, the hose that connects the thermosat to the engine leaked and caused fluid to spray onto the engine compartment, resulting in vehicle overheating which could have started a fire.

- New London, CT, USA

problem #14

Nov 011998

Sephia

  • miles
When driving at any speed and applying the brakes, vehicle shakes when coming to a stop. Also, whenever it rains water gets into vehicle on the passenger's side.

- Bedford Heights, OH, USA

problem #13

Sep 101999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
When the brakes are applied there is a squeaking sound and they grind, and brake pedal is soft. The dealer has been contacted.

- Seneca, SC, USA

problem #12

Sep 021999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
While applying brakes vehicle will shake back and forth, possibly causing loss of vehicle control. Dealer has no permission to fix vehicle.

- Atwater, CA, USA

problem #11

Apr 071999

Sephia

  • miles
Transmission would make funny noises when shifting into gear. A new transmission was installed. Vehicle still having problems. Brakes: Would squeal when applied. Had entire brake system changed twice & problem still exists. Alignment: Due to the brakes, the tires were worn out on the inside & had to be changed.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #10

Nov 051998

Sephia

  • miles
Vehicle has previously been in two accidents. While driving only 45mph brakes failed, vehicle suddenly stopped./swerved and missed the vehicle in front.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #9

Apr 011999

Sephia

  • miles
Brakes wear out fast in front. When pedal is applied extended stopping distance occurs. Dealer contacted, and cannot remedy problem. Problem still exists. Three different instances. Provide further information.

- Brentwood, NY, USA

problem #8

Jan 051999

Sephia

  • miles
Intermittent failure of ABS brakes.

- Philedelphia, PA, USA

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