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1998 Kia Sephia exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #9

Jul 281999

Sephia

  • miles

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

Exhaust pipe was loose and leaking.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #8

Aug 092001

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Consumer states he is experiencing muffler problems.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #7

Jan 042002

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
While driving approximately 65 mph, hood released and smashed into windshield which blocked vision of driver, consumer felt problem was due to brake pads and rotors that cause severe vibration and had to be replaced frequently, there was no crash or injury to report when this incident occurred. Brakes would vibrate and were noisy, requested rear brakes be cleaned lubed, dealer found rotors warped and pads worn and excessive dust in rear brakes, numerous engine problems such as cooling fan rumble, check engine light on, engine stall, burning smell, belt squeaks, electric cooling fan inoperative, fan blade, plug wires and coil boots, valve cover gasket were replaced, evaporator was replaced and recharged, many electrical problems including ignition switch, starter, alternator, multifunction switch, battery terminal, and bulb failure, dealer has also found corrosion, poor connections and low voltage, consumer states numerous problems with shifter, harsh shifts and clunks, dealer replaced old style flex plate, binding shifter which was cleaned and lubed, fluid leaks, dealer replaced leaking power steering hose, multiple structural problems such as missing wiper arm cap, key will not open trunk, trunk lever does not release, broken trunk release handle, left rear door molding coming off, dealer replaced trunk release, reinstalled door weatherstrip, found oil leaks, and undercarriage showing signs of damage, bubbles in dash pad, sunvisor coming loose, dealer replaced dash pad, dealer found tail pipe damaged, both front aftermarket tires (no tire information) worn, left rear rim bent, rear tires (no tire information) cupped and feathered due to lack of rotation and alignment problems, consumer also requested dealer to check cv boots for grease leak, dealer found no problem.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #6

Aug 092001

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles

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

Consumer states he is experiencing muffler problems.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #5

Aug 251998

Sephia

  • miles
Signal lights fail to work properly when in use during cold weather for 15 minutes or so. Sometimes this happens when it's raining. The dealer replaced the hazard switch and there have not been any failures since. Seat belts have been replaced 3 times. Brakes and rotors have been replaced 3 times. Windshield wipers failed prior to recall. Head gasket replaced at 3500 miles. Molding on the doors fell off and was replaced. Tailpipe was replaced due to excessive exhaust fumes.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

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problem #4

Apr 172000

Sephia

  • miles
The exhaust manifold failure caused leakage.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 072000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles

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

Exhaust pipe gasket failed. Nlm

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 162000

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tailpipe failed/corroded causing fumes to enter into passenger area.

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 161999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The 4-wheel drive failed to work properly in snow, it went out. Also, disc brakes were not working when applied. Took to dealer & informed disc brakes were warped. Catalytic convertor had failed. In addition, mechanic found that the muffler did not work properly due to having a hole in it. All parts has to be replaced. Owner feels its a lemon. Mfg is no help.

- Gloucester, MA, USA

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