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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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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 #6

Jan 052001

Sephia

  • miles

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

Consumer had tried to start vehicle, but sometimes it will not start. When it is on could turn it off whitout prior warning. At time when consumer restarted, engine will not restart.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #5

Jan 122000

Sephia

  • miles
Consumer cannot start automobile. Has been having problems since Aug 12, 1998.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #4

Aug 131999

Sephia

  • miles
Engine check light/air bag lights are on. Car will not start, also, there was a problem with the brakes. When applying the brakes, pedal went to the floor, consumer almost had a collision.

- Nashvilee, TN, USA

problem #3

Jul 051999

Sephia

  • miles

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

Hard starting up vehicle in the mornings, and gas gauge does not read full tank. Also, passenger's side door is broken at the hinges. Had the panel replaced. This will be the third repair.

- Milton, VT, USA

problem #2

Dec 181998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When starting the vehicle up vehicle doesn't start up properly. Also, when driving at any speed and applying the brakes, they go half way to the floorboard, and vehicle jerks. In addition, computer chip/ gear shift malfunctioned. Vehicle has been into the shop over ten times. Air bag light and the check engine light keep coming on. Dealer can't determine the cause of the problems.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 081999

Sephia

  • miles
Was starting to slow down & had pressed brake pedal. Heard a grinding noise. Pressed harder & vehicle was not slowing down.again pressed lightly & vehicle was able to stop. Took vehicle to dealer & mechanic informed driver owner entire braking system needed replacing. This was the 5th time it happened. Also, vehicle would not turn over when starting. Heard clicking noise. Needed 4 tries to start. Check engine light came on & stayed on.

- E. Hartford, CT, USA

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