Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.

10.0

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

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1998 Kia Sephia electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Jan 012001

Sephia

  • miles

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

The ignition system is hard starting at times, even right after I got a tune up from the dealer. Glovebox has been replaced once before because the closing mechanism jams and will not open. Transmission has slipped, shifts roughly since new. The brakes grind constantly, dealer has replaced rotors, then replaced brake pads after that, now grinding again.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #23

Jun 212000

Sephia

  • miles
I bought this car used w/42K miles. I have had the same problem with the tps since 2months after I bought it. I have had it in the Kia repair shop 8 times and have spent over $1500 in repairs, towing and rental cars. I have had it towed 3 times. It has had a new computer, new sensors, new distribution center and new circuit connectors installed, in addition to all of the fuel related safety recall parts. I would not recommend this car to my worst enemy. Kia consumer assistance is clueless---this make and model should have been recalled completely! I am in the process of filing lemon law and am completely disgusted with this car, as well as the company.

- Coral Spring, FL, USA

problem #22

Apr 121999

Sephia

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #21

Nov 181998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle won't start. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #20

Oct 131999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experiencing slow start. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #19

Aug 041999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle won't start. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #18

Nov 201998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle experienced slow start or would not start at all. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #17

Nov 021998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle won't start. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #16

Jan 041999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle won't start. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #15

Aug 211998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experiencing slow start (cold start). Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #14

Jul 181999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle wont start. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #13

Oct 281998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle won't start. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #12

Dec 301998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle won't start. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #11

Oct 161998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle won't start. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #10

Feb 121999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle won't start. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #9

Jul 171998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle won't start. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #8

Apr 291998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle won't start. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #7

Nov 301998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle won't start. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #6

Nov 201999

Sephia

  • miles
I have had this problem since 1998. I have taken the car to two different dealerships and they did not have a solution to the problem. I have also notified Kia and they have been no help to me. No safety defect mentioned in summary.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 081998

Sephia

  • miles
Has been in 17 times and still need brakes and everything else. What a piece of junk !!manufactor refuses to honor warranty.

- New London, OH, USA

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