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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
877 miles

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1998 Kia Sephia brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #57

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 #56

Mar 151999

Sephia

  • miles
Consumer having problems with the front rotors which cause brakes to wear down, and steering column to vibrate.

- Pulaski, VA, USA

problem #55

Aug 092001

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
The brake pads and rotors have been replaced several times due to warping which cause pulsation while braking.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #54

May 031999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

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 #53

Jan 121999

Sephia

  • miles
The rotors on the brakes have been changed four times and each time they have failed over a short time.

- Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #52

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 #51

Aug 271999

Sephia

  • miles

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

There is constant warpage rotors. Also, some griniding on brakes. Contacted dealer, and dealer replaced rotors.

- Queens, NY, USA

problem #50

May 011998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
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 #49

Jan 011999

Sephia

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Brake rotors are prematurly wearing out, causing vehicle to shake. Consumer has replaced rotors 3 times within 19,000 miles.

- Iowa, IA, USA

problem #48

Sep 041998

Sephia

  • miles
Defective brakes rotors needed to be replaced 4 times which may cause extended stopping distance, and result in a crash.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #47

Oct 122000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles

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

Premature wear of brake rotors. At 9000 miles rotors had to be resurfaced.

- East Meadow, NY, USA

problem #46

Oct 062000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Brake rotors keep warping and are prematurely failing. Consumer replaced rotors 8-10 times. Rotors only last about 3 months.

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #45

Sep 071999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes and rotors failed.

- Perry, UT, USA

problem #44

Oct 011998

Sephia

  • miles
Front brake rotors failed. Nlm

- Fairfield, OH, USA

problem #43

Oct 141998

Sephia

  • miles
Front rotors failed causing vibration in front end when applied. Nlm

- Drummond, MT, USA

problem #42

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 #41

Apr 021999

Sephia

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

- Virginia B, VA, USA

problem #40

Jun 011998

Sephia

  • miles
Front brake rotors failed. Nlm

- Glens Falls, NY, USA

problem #39

Aug 302000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Premature wear of brake pads and rotors. Dealer has repaired and replaced the brakes several times. In addition heater core, alternator, starter, spark plugs, front windshield and door weather strips failed.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #38

Mar 011999

Sephia

  • miles
Brake rotors failed. Nlm

- Branson, MO, USA

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