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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,457 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Kia Sephia brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 122004


  • 32,370 miles


Rear brake shoes came apart and lodged in the drum, locking the steering wheel. The dealer replaced the rear brake shoes and left rear brake drum. They also resurfaced the right rear brake drum. The consumer request reimbursement for the repair because he feels this failure was not due to normal wear. (nar)

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #2

Dec 262002

Sephia 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
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 #1

Oct 222002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states of having problems with the brake pad and shoe are glue together. Dealer was contacted.

- Lisbon, OH, USA

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