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10.0

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

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1998 Kia Sephia brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #28

Jan 271999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle shakes when braking. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #27

Dec 281998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle shakes when braking. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #26

Sep 251998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes squeaking. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #25

Feb 181999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle shakes when braking. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #24

Jul 301999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle shakes when braking. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #23

Nov 131998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes vibrate. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #22

Nov 301998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle shakes when braking. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #21

Dec 101998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle shakes when braking. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #20

Jan 051999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle shakes when braking. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #19

Dec 161998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle shakes when braking. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #18

May 241999

Sephia

  • miles

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

Vehicle did not have self-adjusting rear brakes causing the front brakes to carry the braking load and wear out prematurely resulting in front end shimmy and noise (design problem). Nlm

- Kennesaw, 00, USA

problem #17

Jan 131999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle shakes and hesitates when braking. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #16

Dec 311998

Sephia

  • miles
The brakes have failed twice and the starter once. The dealership and Kia have not been of any help

- Medford, MA, USA

problem #15

Oct 271999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
When driving vehicle at high speeds, and applying the brakes, vehicle will pull to either side, and there is strong vibration in the steering column area. The dealer has been contacted.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #14

Apr 081999

Sephia

  • miles
Was starting to slow down & had pressed brake pedal. Heard a grinding noise. Pressed harder & vehicle was not slowing down.again pressed lightly & vehicle was able to stop. Took vehicle to dealer & mechanic informed driver owner entire braking system needed replacing. This was the 5th time it happened. Also, vehicle would not turn over when starting. Heard clicking noise. Needed 4 tries to start. Check engine light came on & stayed on.

- E. Hartford, CT, USA

problem #13

Sep 241999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
When the brakes are applied the vehicle vibrates resulting in extended stopping distances. The dealer has replaced the rotors and pads three times. The manufacturer will be notified. Mjs

- E. Chiicago, IN, USA

problem #12

Sep 241999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
When gently braking at high speeds, the steering wheel shakes badly. Also, when braking to a stop, the car does not stop smoothly. It jerks and vibrates when the brakes are used until I come to a complete stop. The roters have been replaced once already. One winter morning, I noticed that my windshield wipers were not working. Upon closer inspection, I found that they had somehow loosened. Fortunately, there was no precipitation that day. When having the problem looked at by one of Kia's service centers, the guy there indicated that the problem was common.

- Newport, KY, USA

problem #11

Jul 011999

Sephia

  • miles
IE99059, SQ99020, while driving vehicle stalled unexpectedly which could have resulted in a crash. Dealer could not determine the cause of the problem.however, dealer replaced brakes.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #10

Jun 251999

Sephia

  • miles
When brakes were applied vehicle experienced a loud noise and the vehicle rolled to a stop, this failure occured on four different occasions, repairs were done, problem still exist.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #9

Dec 101998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes failed and replaced four times.

- Unk, UN, USA

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