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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,000 miles

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1998 Kia Sephia brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Dec 262002

Sephia 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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

The brakes on this car are terrible! I have been in and out of the shop since this car was bought. I have had numerous pad and rotor replacements. I even got into a rear-end accident 1 1/2 years ago that I could have avoided with competent brakes. I now have to replace the drums and rear shoes because they have been working overtime to compensate for the poor front brakes. Thanks a bunch Kia! worst car I've ever driven.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #24

May 031999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The front rotors warped and the brake pads were worn causing vibration when braking, the brake pedal went to the floor due to faulty rear brake shoes. Nlm

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #23

Jan 312001

Sephia

  • miles
The vehicles front brake pads and rotors have been replaced due to wear five times with only 13K miles on the vehicle. Nlm

- Suffern, NY, USA

problem #22

Feb 271999

Sephia

  • miles

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

Brake pads wore out every 5000 to 7000 miles. Took to dealer, and they couldn't find problem.

- Clever, MO, USA

problem #21

Apr 021999

Sephia

  • miles
Warped rotors and cracked pads cause thr vehice to vibrate severly during normal highway speeds making the vehicle hard to control, at last service the car was not properly repaired causing it to run through a red light and into a ditch. Nlm

- Virginia B, VA, USA

problem #20

Apr 021999

Sephia

  • miles
Front brake rotors and disk brake pads failed. Nlm

- Virginia B, VA, USA

problem #19

Jun 062000

Sephia

  • miles

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

Brake pads needed to be replaced 3 times. Currently, vehicle has 20,000 miles.

- Valley Ford, WA, USA

problem #18

Jun 062000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Brake pads and rotors failed. Nlm

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #17

Nov 241998

Sephia

  • miles
Brakes have continually experienced problems with vibration and pulsation due to warped rotors and worn pads, several replacements.

- Palmetto, FL, USA

problem #16

Nov 021999

Sephia

  • miles
Brakes pulsate badly due to faulty front brake pads and rotors.

- Vernon, NJ, USA

problem #15

Apr 091999

Sephia

  • miles

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

Pads failed.

- La Follette, TN, USA

problem #14

Mar 161999

Sephia

  • miles
Brake rotors and pads have warped and make noise while braking. Dealer unable to remedy problems. Nlm

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #13

Jan 072000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Brake pads failed. Nlm

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #12

Feb 102000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer has replaced the rotors and pads 3 times. Consumer believes there is a design flaw in the braking system which causes pulsation and hard stopping. Nlm

- Bokeelia, FL, USA

problem #11

Dec 011999

Sephia

  • miles
Every 2 months I have to put brake pads on the car. It makes noises and the steering wheel shakes.

- Cinti, OH, USA

problem #10

Jan 222000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There is an excessive amount of brake dust on the tires, and the vehicle hesitates when applying the brake pedal. Dealer says vehicle wears out brake pads quickly, and it's normal.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #9

Oct 231999

Sephia

  • miles
When brakes are applied the pedal goes to the floor, resulting in extended stopping distance. Dealer has replaced the brake pads. Problem has not yet been resolved.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #8

Mar 011999

Sephia

  • miles
Brakes pulsate, replacement of the pads and rotors did not rectify problems. Mjs

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #7

Oct 161998

Sephia

  • miles
Vehicle experiences continued premature wear of the rotors and pads, seven replacements within 19,886 miles. Mjs

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #6

Nov 301998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Overdrive light keeps coming on, and the front brake pads had to be replaced.

- Donora, PA, USA

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