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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Kia Sephia engine problems

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #27

Dec 281998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Engine making noise. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #26

Jan 271999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine failed causing the vehicle to stall and the check engine light to illuminate. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #25

Nov 241998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Possible engine failure caused check engine light to illuminate. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #24

Jun 231998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Possible engine failure caused check engine light to illuminate. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #23

Jun 121998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Possible engine failure caused the check engine light to be illuminated. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #22

Jun 081998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Possible engine failure caused check engine light to illuminate. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #21

Aug 171998

Sephia

  • miles

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

Vehicle experiences starting problems along with hestitation/jerking during acceleration, unable to be rectified. Mjs

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #20

Oct 251999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
No summary

- Woodhaven, NY, USA

problem #19

Jul 051999

Sephia

  • miles
Engine stalls, especially when starting up vehicle in the mornings. Gas gauge does not read full, and passenger's side door is broken. This will be the third repair. Replaced door panel. Door hinges were broken.

- Milton, VT, USA

problem #18

Apr 091999

Sephia

  • miles
Since purchase date I have had numerous problems such as vehicle stalling in middle of highway, engine light staying on, radio, air conditioner and most importantly the brakes. The original brakes failed at 5560 miles, replacemts at 7520 miles, again at 10750 miles. This is a major inconvenience and I am afraid an accident will occur.

- North Haledon, NJ, USA

problem #17

Apr 091999

Sephia

  • miles

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

Since purchase date I have had numerous problems such as vehicle stalling in middle of highway, engine light staying on, radio, air conditioner and most importantly the brakes. The original brakes failed at 5560 miles, replacemts at 7520 miles, again at 10750 miles. This is a major inconvenience and I am afraid an accident will occur.

- North Haledon, NJ, USA

problem #16

Sep 021999

Sephia

  • miles
Vehicle would keep stalling for no reason. Had no warning. Been to dealer & informed by mechanic cause of problem not located. Was told battery was problem & it was replaced. Stalling problem still exist for 6 or more times afterwards.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #15

Jul 011999

Sephia

  • miles
IE99059, SQ99020, while driving vehicle stalled unexpectedly which could have resulted in a crash. Dealer could not determine the cause of the problem.however, dealer replaced brakes.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #14

Oct 011998

Sephia

  • miles
While driving the vehicle it would stall and lose of all power, which may cause a crash.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #13

Mar 201999

Sephia 4WD

  • miles
Tail light had to be replaced because of leaking, this is 4th time for brakes squeaking and pulsating, cow panel baffle needed replaced because of water pouring in behind glove box.people I don't know pull me over and complain about their Kia Sephias and similar problems with them. Also the engine sometimes won't start the first time. It takes two or three times once in a while. It also sounds like the engine will jump right out of the car because it jerks so hard when starting. The gas tank has yet to let me fill it all the way. It gets almost full, then spits the gas out and won't let you "squeeze " it full. It's like there is no venting going on. I have heard similiar reports from other owners.

- Shadyside, OH, USA

problem #12

Jan 121999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving at any speed the vehicle is stalling and jerking. Consumer put vehicle into the shop for repair service and the problem has returned. Dealer can't determine the problem.

- Acworta, GA, USA

problem #11

Apr 021999

Sephia

  • miles
While driving 55 mph vehicle lost power without warning and died. No injuries.

- Mesa, AR, USA

problem #10

Mar 061999

Sephia

  • miles
Until now dealership nor manufacturer is cooperating

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #9

Mar 091999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
The engine just died while on a major 2 lane highway. Had hazards on and was hit on driver side

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jun 171998

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
While driving at 67 mph vehicle loses speed. Problem occurred 4 times. Cause of problem unknown.

- Melrose Park, IL, USA

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