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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,500 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Kia Sephia brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 102007

Sephia

  • 80,000 miles

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

My 1998 Kia Sephia rear brake pad fell off fell off the shoe. Apparently they are held on by glue. It was replaced but I still have problems when it rains a lot, they lock up when parked. I don't dare use my emergency brake because the brakes lock up.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #7

Oct 152004

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
The consumer states the front brakes are wearing prematurely. The part have been replaced five times however problem still exist. The cause has yet to be determined. Please provide additional information.

- Robbins, IL, USA

problem #6

Aug 162003

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The consumer rear ended another motorist and the air bags failed to deploy the consumer also stated the brakes failed.

- Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

problem #5

Aug 132003

(reported on)

Sephia

  • 30,000 miles

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

Entire brake system was replaced within 30,000 miles due to extended stopping distance, necessary for brake efficiency.

- Parlin, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 272003

(reported on)

Sephia 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle engine caught on fire. When the consumer attempted to come to stop the vehicle, the brake pedal went to the floor and the brakes failed. Consumer had to drive on the lawn in order to get the vehicle to stop. And then the engine caught on fire.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 082003

Sephia

  • miles
Consumer stated the brakes were wearing quickly, which caused the vehicle to experience extended stopping distance.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 301999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vibration when brake apply, road test brake pulsation rotors warped pads worn uneven, replaced pads and rotors clean and lube slides hand torque wheels.

- Millers Falls, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 011998

Sephia

  • miles
Consumer stated that her brakes makes squealing noises, problem occurred one month after she got this Kia.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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