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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Drum: Wheel Cylinders Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,000 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 #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

Apr 151999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying brakes they squeal/ pulsate, and there is extended stopping distance. Dealer has replaced defective front rotors 4 times with new and improved rotors. Rear rotors were replaced 2 times. Rear wheel cylinder replaced once. Brakes have been squealing and pulsating again at this time.

- Hermitage, PA, USA

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