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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

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #47

Mar 021999

Sephia 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80 miles

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

I brought a new Kia Sephia in 1998, and had nothing but trouble with it! transmission was replaced 2 times by the mechanic for Kia motors, and needed to be replaced again on 7/2007. Also, the brakes have been replaced 4 times and need to be replaced again. Now the headlights keep turning off while driving at night, but no mechanic can locate the electrical short problem.

- Georgetown, DE, USA

problem #46

Sep 072004

Sephia 6-cyl

  • miles
The consumer applied the brakes and the pedal went to the floor. The driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle and drove to the dealer. The mechanic informed the consumer that the problem could not be duplicated. The consumer informed the mechanic this problem has occurred more than once and the problem has not been resolved. Please provide additional information.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #45

Apr 232002

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
While traveling on highway brakes light will not show when applying brakes. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Graite Fall, NC, USA

problem #44

Feb 162002

Sephia

  • miles

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

While driving vehicle, went to stop & had no brakes. Pulled up on the emergency brake, looked in rearview mirror and noticed smoke all over. Pulled over & got out quickly. Opened paseinger door to get belongings & noticed flames coming from underneath. Called 911. Car was burning tremendously. A total loss. My daughter was driving, and got out safely. This happened for no apparent reason. What a traumatic experience, especially for a 17 yr. Old.

- Walnutport, PA, USA

problem #43

Apr 151999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying brakes they squeal/ pulsate, and there is extended stopping distance. Dealer has replaced defective front rotors 4 times with new and improved rotors. Rear rotors were replaced 2 times. Rear wheel cylinder replaced once. Brakes have been squealing and pulsating again at this time.

- Hermitage, PA, USA

problem #42

Jul 012001

Sephia

  • miles
Brakes are defective. When applying brakes pedal goes all the way down to the floor. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Mastic, NY, USA

problem #41

Aug 011998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle has been examined by the dealership approximately 9 to 10 times for brake problems, and replacement of the brake pads and rotors. Dealership continues to replace components, but has failed to remedy problem. Consumer replaced last set of brakes around 7-10-01 and now has approximately 375 miles and they are starting to warp again, dealer can not remedy problem.

- Clever, MO, USA

problem #40

Sep 011998

Sephia

  • miles
When consumerattempts to apply brakes brake pedal will go to the floor, and must be pumped in order to bring vehicle to a stop. Dealership has replaced rotors/ pads, and other components. Defect is still present in vehicle. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Brooklyn, OH, USA

problem #39

Apr 132001

Sephia

  • miles
I bought my Kia Sephia in 1998. Since then I have had the brakes fixed 2 times and tay replaced once. I have had the transmission replaced also. Recently my car has been riding very sluggish. When I press on the gas it makes a very loud sound. When I TR to accelerate the car does not seem to want to change into gears. It also constantly makes a loud humming sound when I am at about 40-50mph. This car has given me nothing but trouble and $$$. I am tryin to figure out if there has been a whole bunch of recalls I did not know about or if there is something that I may be able to do here to save money. I still owe 9,000 and feel like I am constantly inconvininced bringing the car in for constant repair. Help!

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #38

Mar 012000

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission has been worked on over past year. ABS light came on and stayed on due to catalytic converter failure. Wheel bearing failed and was replaced. Automatic transmission had no engagement due to half shaft failure. Engine stalled at a stop due to transmission assembly failure. Brakes were noisy and were replaced, including the rotors. Engine will not start due to battery and starter failure.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #37

May 011998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Since shortly after purchase of vehicle consumer has had brake problems, pedal felt hard and braking distance was longer than necessary. Dealer cut front rotors, but could not remedy problem.took vehicle to dealer 6 times for this problem.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #36

Jan 052001

Sephia

  • miles
While driving and would step on brake pedal to stop or reduce speed, sometimes vehicle would stop. But caliper will lock up, causing noise and brakes locking up. Dealer said that vehicle was out of warranty.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #35

Nov 102000

Sephia

  • miles
Whenever brakes were applied at 30-35 mph, it caused the rear wheels to lock up. Vehicle taken to dealer, and informed that any repairs would be at consumer's cost. Please feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Upton, KY, USA

problem #34

Oct 031999

Sephia

  • miles
While driving at 35 mph consumer tried to put on brakes and steering wheel was almost ripped out of driver's hand. Rotors were bad, causing vibration. Brake pedal went to the floor, no brakes. Dealer fixed rotors and brakes. However, on Oct 3, 2000 brakes failed again.

- Charlston, NC, USA

problem #33

Jul 292000

Sephia

  • miles
Brakes constantly break down and squeak. Has had a few near misses. He had to go off the road to keep vehicle from hitting another automobile.

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #32

Mar 011999

Sephia

  • miles
Excessive wear of brake pads and rotors. They need to be replaced at approximately every 3,000-4,000 miles. Manufacturer notified. Feel free to provide further details.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #31

Apr 211999

Sephia

  • miles
Brakes pads/rotors calipers were replaced 3 times because they prematurely wore out and caused squeaking and grinding noises, which resulted in extended stopping distance and may cause a crash. Dealer could not determine the cause. Air condition failed.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #30

Jul 072000

Sephia

  • miles
Rotors keeps going out, causing loss of brakes. Has had one accident because of it. Dealer states that manufacturer is aware of the problem.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #29

Apr 222000

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving about 65mph, ABS brake light came on at dashboard. Brakes were grabbing. Vehicle had to be towed, and rotors/ pads had to be replaced.

- Hopkingon, MA, USA

problem #28

Apr 172000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
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

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