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10.0

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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Kia Sephia electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #15

Oct 012001

Sephia

  • miles

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

Consumer states vehicle will stall w/O warning while driving. Vehicle checked by dlr who has replaced ignition switch and starter(3X). Problem is still occuring.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #14

Nov 011998

Sephia

  • miles
Numberous problems - not starting/ brakes need to be replaced several times/ shimmies between 15-45 mph, I had to have my tires replaced prematurly/ has horrible rattle/gas tank spilling gas and gas never showing full/dealer never cooperative can never find problem until a recall or car has to be towed. They had my car for 6 weeks and couldn't figure out what was causing shimmy problem it has been almost a year. I am about to contact attorney to sue dealer and manufacture. Please do something about these cars they are a hazard to the consumer!!!!

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #13

Dec 052000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Clinton, LA, USA

problem #12

Aug 022000

Sephia

  • miles

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

I will never ever ever buy another Kia--this car is a piece of junk!!!

- District Heights, MD, USA

problem #11

Sep 091998

Sephia

  • miles
Vehicle would not start due to a faulty starter circuit fuse. Nlm

- Drummond, MT, USA

problem #10

Jan 132000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Alternator failed.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #9

Jul 301999

Sephia

  • miles

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

I felt that buying a new car would mean not having to worry about putting it in the shop as often as I have had to do. Other than the alternator, there have been two other times when my "new" car had to be worked on. Luckily I still have a warranty, but I am extremely unhappy with the quality of my Kia.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #8

Sep 091998

Sephia

  • miles
Vehicle would not start due to a faulty starter circuit fuse. Nlm

- Drummond, MT, USA

problem #7

Apr 121999

Sephia

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #6

Jul 301999

Sephia

  • miles
No summary

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #5

Dec 081998

Sephia

  • miles

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

Oh sirs, there are plenty more parts/components on this vehicle that has failed.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #4

Jul 161999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Alternator, starter and two batteries have failed. Mjs

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 291999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
I have problems starting up the car, it does not matter whether during the day or night. When I put the key in the ignition I have to try at least four to five times befor it clicks over to start. It just clicks instead of starting right away. I took the car back four(4) times to repair, and still problem not solved.

- New Hyde Park, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 041999

Sephia

  • miles
No summary listed for this vehicle.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #1

May 121999

Sephia

  • miles
Vehicle seemed to have problems starting 2 or 3 times previously but eventually started up. I have also found out that this vehicle may have been previously owned by orlando barringer of memphis, tenn. When I call the 24hr road side assistance that is the name that appeared when the VIN was entered. Also when I call the atlanta dealership to verify that my vehicle was there, I was told that they were unable to pull up my information. I believe that I may have been sold a used vehicle.

- College Park, GA, USA

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