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1998 Kia Sephia exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #14

Jan 292001

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The vehicles exhaust system is noisey. Nlm

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #13

Jul 071999

Sephia

  • miles
I have had this car in several times for the braking system, and have been told variable things, such as the problem is fixed we now have Honda brakes on this vehicle, to it's not covered because it the way you drive after just having the rotors and pads replaced 2000 miles ago 2 times in a row.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #12

Feb 012001

Sephia 4WD

  • miles
I also had to bring the car in for service 5 times for the sme problem. Engine check light would come on 02/06/99 took car in because engine light came on they found code po 440 for evap emissions system malfunction they found hose that rubbed against bracket created leak 02/27/99 check engine light on again and smell gas fumes found engine surges and hard to start performed G300 ground wire repair under drivers seat to correct problem 03/15/99 check engine light on again code PO172 replaced defective mass air flow meter solenoid valve during road test engine misfire #3 spark plug fouled replaced plugs 03/10/99 check engine light on again codes PO270, P1505, PO0300 injector circuit to low, random misfire they found egiharness was cut and pinced going through firewall replaced eci harness & control unit car would not start after check over found no power to starter solenoid. Found new harness missing a wire replaced wire. The car was a lemon, Kia refused to take car back.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #11

Jul 112000

Sephia

  • miles

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

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #10

Apr 172000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Sliding door keeps ajar, and overhead light come son. Brakes are squealing and the car shakes badly if I go 65 miles per hour. I noticed that when it is raining that the car makes a terrible buzzing sound. I ahve had an exhaust leak and the brakes replaced already once and the fuel pump was replaced but I am still having problems with it.

- Owasso, OK, USA

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problem #9

Apr 172000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Sliding door keeps ajar, and overhead light come son. Brakes are squealing and the car shakes badly if I go 65 miles per hour. I noticed that when it is raining that the car makes a terrible buzzing sound. I ahve had an exhaust leak and the brakes replaced already once and the fuel pump was replaced but I am still having problems with it.

- Owasso, OK, USA

problem #8

Dec 011998

Sephia

  • miles

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

Since the time that I have purchased this car it has been falling apart. The car is constantly shutting down or it just won't start. At this present time my car is sittting at stonemountain Kia whereas it is in need a third battery all within less than a years time. Eventhough they know the dangerous history of this car that I purchased new, they continually return the car to me without doing a safety check. I have had my car towed to their location several times in the same week because they have felled to fix the problem. Once again my car is continually suffering from the same problems that are continuing to grow worst. The air conditioning system fails to work properly. The driveshaft is always sticking in the gears. The air bag light continually blink and stay on for periods at a time. The exhaust still making loud noise that I have complained about since I brought the car. The engine jerks and the car is burning a lot of gas. The battery acid continues to leak out into the car. The air vents broke just from a slight touch and so did the knob that control the air circulation. The car is constantly stalling. The car shakes badly when pressing on the brakes. Firestone refuses to work on Kia's because they are aware of all the faulty system pertaining to Kia's. lation

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #7

Jan 242000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Leak in exhaust system. Told by dealer it was a split weld and would cost $285 to repair. No offer to fix as a defective part. This auto has numerous serious problems including brakes, rotors, wipers, fuel pump and electrical. It feels very unsafe to drive.

- Sherman, TX, USA

problem #6

May 061999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experiencing exhaust leak. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #5

Mar 121999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Exhaust system making noise. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #4

Mar 011999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle experiencing exhaust leakage. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #3

Dec 081998

Sephia

  • miles
Oh sirs, there are plenty more parts/components on this vehicle that has failed.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Nov 031998

Sephia

  • miles
Silencer split open.

- Rogers, AR, USA

problem #1

Sep 071998

Sephia

  • miles
Front axle made a noise due to a wrong size of the axle on the vehicle. Also there was a defective transmission/ emission control system. Axle and transmission replaced. Gas tank will not fill properly, spits gas back onto the ground.

- Middletown, NY, USA

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