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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 4 of 4)

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problem #8

Jul 101999

Sephia

  • miles

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

Brake system repaired five times however continues to experience same defects. Mjs

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #7

Aug 031999

Sephia

  • miles
Since purchased the mv has been in shop for numerous (13+) problems and defects. My concern over safety issues has been dismissed or given many different answers. Dealership does not always gives repair order slips whenever the car is looked at or serviced. The safety and dependability of this mv is questionnable given the number of times in the repair shop. Dealership/manufacturer's representative claims nothing wrong, although manufacuter's representative did offer reimbursement of 3 car payments. The issue of the lack of deceleration has still to be resolved. As a female consumer, I feel that I am being taken advantage of by both the dealer and manufacturer. I believe that this particular vehicle is a "lemon" and in all likelihood will continue to problems in the future.

- East Wareham, MA, USA

problem #6

Jun 111998

Sephia

  • miles
I have filed a formal complaint withe BBB auto line. I have a Kia 98 ls. It has scared me serval times the goes out of control on rough roads on the highway. The brakes have been replaced 3 times they get warped. The electrical system has been worked on 14 times by dealer shop, the blinkers keep failing, this is very scary when I have my children in the car and the car is going crazy.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 011999

Sephia

  • miles

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

Every other week brakes would make a grinding noise. Dealer would replace them.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #4

Apr 201999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
When the pedal is applied vehicle starts vibrating very hard. The rotors have been replaced once, and the brakes three times. Consumer has had the vehicle for a year. Dealer has been contacted.

- San Deigo, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 191998

Sephia

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Brakes and rotors pulsating.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 091998

Sephia

  • miles
The consumer has been experiencing several problems wit vehicle. The horn, brakes, engine check light, and gas lights has been malfunctioning. When they put in gasoline in vehicle, it shoots back out and the gas light continues to illuminate. The manufacturer has been contacted.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #1

Jul 151998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When attempting to accelerate to change lanes the vehicle went in reverse and the gear shift was in drive. Consumer also having problems with poor braking, poor braking responds when making a normal stop. Consumer has contacted the dealer.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

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