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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 3 of 3)

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problem #7

Mar 201999

Sephia 4WD

  • miles

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

Tail light had to be replaced because of leaking, this is 4th time for brakes squeaking and pulsating, cow panel baffle needed replaced because of water pouring in behind glove box.people I don't know pull me over and complain about their Kia Sephias and similar problems with them. Also the engine sometimes won't start the first time. It takes two or three times once in a while. It also sounds like the engine will jump right out of the car because it jerks so hard when starting. The gas tank has yet to let me fill it all the way. It gets almost full, then spits the gas out and won't let you "squeeze " it full. It's like there is no venting going on. I have heard similiar reports from other owners.

- Shadyside, OH, USA

problem #6

Mar 201999

Sephia 4WD

  • miles
Tail light had to be replaced because of leaking, this is 4th time for brakes squeaking and pulsating, cow panel baffle needed replaced because of water pouring in behind glove box.people I don't know pull me over and complain about their Kia Sephias and similar problems with them. Also the engine sometimes won't start the first time. It takes two or three times once in a while. It also sounds like the engine will jump right out of the car because it jerks so hard when starting. The gas tank has yet to let me fill it all the way. It gets almost full, then spits the gas out and won't let you "squeeze " it full. It's like there is no venting going on. I have heard similiar reports from other owners.

- Shadyside, OH, USA

problem #5

Dec 071998

Sephia

  • miles
Brakes would make squealing noises. Had entire brake system replaced & repaired. Two months later same problem occurred again with brakes & once again was replaced.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 091999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Brakes would make funny chattering noises when brake pedal is applied. Had them replaced at least 5 different times. The steering wheel would shake when ever this is happening. Will be taking vehicle to dealer.

- Pennsboro, WV, USA

problem #3

Oct 191998

Sephia

  • miles
The floor shifter has a rattling noise. Had shifter replaced several times. The dashboard rattles. Glove compartment fell down. Radio speakers blown. Bearings in wheel grind. Doing fwy speed, vehicle would shimmy & shake. When slowing to stop, brakes would jerk. While waiting at stop, engine would be surging.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 241998

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
When appyling the brake pedal the brakes locks up, causing extended stopping distance. The vehicle also veers to the right or left cause unknown.

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 131998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Whenever brakes are applied, they would start to make a popping noise. It would sound like metal rubbing. Took to dealer & informed a nut was left out of the suspension. It was replaced, but vehicle started vibrating again like it's out of balance. The gas gauge does not register right and spose gas out while filling.

- Harriman, TN, USA

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