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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
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1998 Kia Sephia electrical problems

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #16

Feb 082004

Sephia

  • miles

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

Battery wasn't holding charge, needed continuous refill with distilled water, overheating, overflowing and spilling acid corroding other parts. (nar)

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #15

Nov 022002

Sephia

  • miles
The battery had blown up and spewed liquid/acid. The consumer had received two recalls prior to the incident, one in re: Gas valve and the other was electrical. The dealer continues to postpone the dates for repair. (recall# 102944) scc

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #14

Aug 252002

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated there was a very loud explosion and smoke under the hood, when consumer started the vehicle, when consumer opened the hood, the entire top of the battery had blown off.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #13

Jun 022001

(reported on)

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

In 2 years I had to get a new transmission, replace my brakes 6 times, service engine problems 7 times, fuel pump, 8 recalls, wipers, new tires, and many other problems... copies of repairs are available upon request. I have also been discriminated against by the dealer many times.

- Monsey, NY, USA

problem #12

Mar 012000

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission has been worked on over past year. ABS light came on and stayed on due to catalytic converter failure. Wheel bearing failed and was replaced. Automatic transmission had no engagement due to half shaft failure. Engine stalled at a stop due to transmission assembly failure. Brakes were noisy and were replaced, including the rotors. Engine will not start due to battery and starter failure.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #11

Aug 102000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
The engine is not starting, battery replaced and other repairs completed however the engine is still not starting.

- Fairfield, OH, USA

problem #10

Sep 242000

Sephia

  • miles

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

Brakes, lights, seats, battery, airbags, odometer, leaks, aircondition, leftdoorhandle (tiresize: 14`)( dot number: Tire size: 14` )

- Colfax, LA, USA

problem #9

Jul 182000

Sephia

  • miles
The Kia Sephia is nothing but a piece of junk. I would never buy one again. I want to sell it even though I still owe a substantial amount of money on it. No safety defec tlisted in summary.

- North Olmsted, OH, USA

problem #8

Jun 062000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Electrical wiring and battery failed. Nlm

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #7

Jan 291999

Sephia

  • miles
Service the engine soon light came on due to poor contact/connector terminals corrossion.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #6

Dec 011998

Sephia

  • miles

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

Since the time that I have purchased this car it has been falling apart. The car is constantly shutting down or it just won't start. At this present time my car is sittting at stonemountain Kia whereas it is in need a third battery all within less than a years time. Eventhough they know the dangerous history of this car that I purchased new, they continually return the car to me without doing a safety check. I have had my car towed to their location several times in the same week because they have felled to fix the problem. Once again my car is continually suffering from the same problems that are continuing to grow worst. The air conditioning system fails to work properly. The driveshaft is always sticking in the gears. The air bag light continually blink and stay on for periods at a time. The exhaust still making loud noise that I have complained about since I brought the car. The engine jerks and the car is burning a lot of gas. The battery acid continues to leak out into the car. The air vents broke just from a slight touch and so did the knob that control the air circulation. The car is constantly stalling. The car shakes badly when pressing on the brakes. Firestone refuses to work on Kia's because they are aware of all the faulty system pertaining to Kia's. lation

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 072000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Battery failed. Nlm

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #4

Nov 061999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This car has had new transmission/brakes/radio and battery, and I am waiting on something new to happen soon. I bought this car because I thought that my feet was not aas dependable as a car..my mistake. If the repairs keep up I will have a new car without even trading!!! this car gives new meaning to lemon.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #3

Mar 011999

Sephia

  • miles
I purchased the car in Aug. 1998, one month later the oil, battery, engine light came on. I had to get the car towed. As of March, 1999 I had to take the car in for brake failure on several occasions. I have all the service order slips. Sometime is July or August I had to call the tow truck again, car would not start. The tow truck driver said it was because of the A/C. I had a defective battery. As of July 31, 1999 I had no A/C took car in for services on Aug 4th. Repair done, not! as of Aug 6th no A/C. bernickie had to order the hose. After several attempts to resolve this matter, on Sept 9th I called service the hose finally came in. However, they were unable to fix the A/C due to some type of blockage they said. This car is still new, I 've only had it for one year. I need some feed back please.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 161999

(reported on)

Sephia

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

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 151998

Sephia

  • miles
Many problems with the car some have been caused by the dealer

- Glen Oaks, NY, USA

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