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3.1

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,397 miles

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1998 Kia Sephia engine problems

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #3

May 152002

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,596 miles

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

Since may of 2002, this car has been in the shop 9 times and of this date it is still there. First they said it was fuses. Actually it has never run or started right. It had to be towed at least 4 times. The last time that it went in was 8/5/03, they fixed the water pump, belts, crank pulley. This was all under warranty. When I picked up my car it made a terrible sound. They said it was the new belts. So I drove it home and 2 days later it?S back in there. The next day sabrina called and said that it was the air conditioner compressor. It was going to cost me over $600 to fix it. I have a limited income of $535 a month, am disabled and if the car broke down I don't know what I would do.. the car is still at Kia dealer ship, that's as of today.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #2

May 152002

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,596 miles
Since may of 2002, this car has been in the shop 9 times and of this date it is still there. First they said it was fuses. Actually it has never run or started right. It had to be towed at least 4 times. The last time that it went in was 8/5/03, they fixed the water pump, belts, crank pulley. This was all under warranty. When I picked up my car it made a terrible sound. They said it was the new belts. So I drove it home and 2 days later it?S back in there. The next day sabrina called and said that it was the air conditioner compressor. It was going to cost me over $600 to fix it. I have a limited income of $535 a month, am disabled and if the car broke down I don't know what I would do.. the car is still at Kia dealer ship, that's as of today.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 242003

Sephia 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Dear sir: Kia Sephia 1998 has several other problems which never been reported. My car (VIN# [xxx]; 52,000 miles) has (1) an oil leak from the engine head (valve cover) gasket, which can potentially create a fire, and it has (2) very pure air flow on the windshield which reduce my driving visability due to fog accumulation inside of the wiendshield. Both conditions are very dangerous and may lead to a car crash. Please inform Kia manufacturing corporation that these deficiencies should be fixed for free. Thanks! sincerely, [xxx] [xxx] [xxx] updated 07/26/2012

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

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