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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 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 #16

Jul 271999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles

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

The car has less than 5,000 miles on it after one year. The brakes (rotors, pads, etc.) have been replaced twice. The dealership is aware of the bad parts, but there is no other option available. Expect to have to take in for brakes again within the next two months. The air conditioning is inadequate. When it was taken in, they ordered a part after finding a problem. When the car was returned to install the part, they could not see a problem and did not replace the part. The air conditioning still is not working properly.

- Rogers, AR, USA

problem #15

May 151999

Sephia

  • miles
Brakes have been replaced discs warped and pads depleted. Also, windshield wipers quit during a snow storm, drivers side only. Dealer fixed but we were admonished about using wipers during heavy snow storm. Duh?

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #14

May 011998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Break pads and rotors need to be replaced approximately every 3000 miles when car is taken in for oil change. I could not fill the gas tank completely when I first purchased the car because the automatic shut off. Gas tank and float valve were replaced after waiting a month for the parts. Check engine light would stay on and O/D off light would flash, called dealer and had to wait a week for appointment. Dealer stated new coupling was needed. Waited month for part. When I went to pick up car, dealer stated it need a new transmission instead. I waited two weeks for parts. Now car is at dealership again because it will not start. Lights, horn, radio, etc. Still operate

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #13

Oct 051998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer was experiencing the following ongoing problems: Transmission made loud noise when changing gears, and gears did not lock into place when put in park/fuses kept blowing out, had replaced electrical wires/starter was not strong enough to start vehicle & needed to be replaced, and brakes had to be replaced due to excessive wear of front brake rotors, calipers & pads. Brake problem still exists.

- Holiday, FL, USA

problem #12

Jun 281999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
When the brakes are applied vehicle shakes. Dealer has replaced rotors and the brake pads. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #11

Jun 251999

Sephia

  • miles
Fuel line which is attached to the passenger's seat has separated, causing fuel leakage in the passenger's compartment, also, excessive wear of brake pads and rotors, causing loss of steering control. Consumer has contacted the dealer, dealer has replaced sending unit/pump/rotors and pads.

- Menasha, WI, USA

problem #10

Jun 251999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles

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

My car started having problems at 375 miles. My brakes make a terible noise, and grab. I take it in and they replaced pads and or rotors. I have a bad vibration in my front end which I have been told it was a number of things and I correct each item and I still have the vibration.

- Harriman, TN, USA

problem #9

Jun 111999

Sephia

  • miles
When brakes are applied a grinding noise is heard. Brake rotors and pads have been replaced three times by the dealer.

- Coltsville, PA, USA

problem #8

Oct 011998

Sephia

  • miles
Braking system malfunctioned, causing front brake rotors to warp and pads to wear out 3 times. Also, dealer replaced brake master cylinder once which caused poor brake performance, and may result in a crash.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #7

May 041999

Sephia

  • miles
2nd time rotor & disc replaced -car cannot withstand heat-brakes chatter enough to make car unsafe.dealer says my problem

- Hatboro, PA, USA

problem #6

Apr 151999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles

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

We have replaced the rotors and brake pads 4 times and the drums once. The car has difficulty starting and taking off. Various problems concerning minor problems, seat cushion, lighter, A/C, gas spewing back out of tank etc. Our major concern is the braking system which started six weeks after purchase and hasn't ended yet. The Kia representative is uncooperative.

- Cordell, OK, USA

problem #5

Sep 011998

Sephia

  • miles
The rotors have warped on us twice. My dealer keeps telling me that this is not dangerous, and that it is my imagination that I have a hard time braking while waiting for parts, and when coming off the interstate, I had to fight for the control of my car because of the shimmy. I have also been told that it is not necessary to replace the pads when the roters are replaced. When the rotors warp, I have had no notice. This car scares me.

- Odessa, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 151998

Sephia

  • miles
Many problems with the car some have been caused by the dealer

- Glen Oaks, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 301999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Dealer commented that this problem (warping of front rotors) has been ongoing with Kia Sephia since the 1997 model year. The service manual states that the brakes should be inspected at 30,000 miles. Here I am at 10,000 an I need the rotors replaced a second time!!! if this is not defective manufacturing, what is?

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 021998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle vibrates due to warped front brake rotors/pads. Also, defective windshield/plastic pieces on seats sticking and digging into skin, and sttering wheel rubbe rloose on spokes.

- Schererville, IN, USA

problem #1

Sep 291998

Sephia

  • miles
I have had my car in the shop many times just for the rotors and brakes and a new master cylinder and now a new transmision and now the brakes are starting all over again something has to be done before someone gets killed. I have contacted Kia and they haven't done nothing for me I went to the dealership and they said they couldn't do any thing but help me refince again I shouldn't have to.I want them to buy back the car it is not safe for the road. Please help me tjones5460 thank you.

- Altoona, PA, USA

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