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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,250 miles

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1998 Kia Sephia fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #20

Dec 292003

Sephia 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

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

I purchased a Kia in March 02' I used the car for long trips the first year I had owned the car and I had no faults in Jan.- Feb 03' the car began to shift in to numerous gears and then stall. I was then deployed to iraq. I left the car with a good friend. When I came back he informed me that the car wouldn't start. Dealer said it was the fuel pump. Friend replaced the fuel pump.friend then replaced fuel pump again when car wouldn't start. Friend left the car alone, when it didn't start, until I had returned from iraq. I came back and took the car to midas, due to the fact that the dealer didn't have an idea of what was going on. Midas then said it was the fuel pump. I had it replaced for a third time. Car ran for a day then died. I took the car back to midas they said it was the wiring harness. I had that replaced. Car still didn't start. So midas said three weeks later they said it was the fuel module. The car then worked for about a month then wouldn't start. Took car to several shops all said it was the pump. I then had a mechanic from my unit check it out. He said it was within the wiring to the fuel pump still hasn't figured it out. Since then I have found that it has a faulty connection with the connecting cables near the fuel pump under the back seat. The connectors have been miss firing and has burnt a hole in my back seat. I've tried to go to the dealer but they insist on doing a dianostic and charge me $60 just to tell me the same thing that I already know. They also said they can't order the part until a dianostic was done. I've also had numerous problems with the fuel tank over filling and not reading full on the gauge. I have also had to replace the brakes four times in 18 months.the power steering also goes out quite frequently. I have also had a serious problem with the alignment of the car. I understand that wear and tear occurs on a vehicle but the problems that I have had with this car is not normal wear and tear. Iam dissaponted in Kia

- Ft Hood , TX, USA

problem #19

Jun 022001

(reported on)

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In 2 years I had to get a new transmission, replace my brakes 6 times, service engine problems 7 times, fuel pump, 8 recalls, wipers, new tires, and many other problems... copies of repairs are available upon request. I have also been discriminated against by the dealer many times.

- Monsey, NY, USA

problem #18

Jan 142000

Sephia

  • miles
Consumer had recall 99V317000/ fuel pump connector fixed on January 3, 2000. Vehicle started smoking under the hood & caught on fire. Manufacturer was suppose to investigate the matter, but consumer hasn't heard anything.

- Clevland, OH, USA

problem #17

Jun 062000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles

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

Fuel pump relay failed. Nlm

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #16

Dec 271999

Sephia

  • miles
Denied recall repair due to lack of parts. (99V-318)

- Elmira, NY, USA

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problem #15

Dec 231999

Sephia

  • miles
The owner received recall notice on fuel pump, but the dealer was not willing to to fix it (99V-317).

- Colts Neck, NJ, USA

problem #14

Feb 172000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles

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

Recalled fuel pump circuit connections can not be completed due to lack of parts. Nlm

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #13

Mar 082000

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car needs front axles. Also, motor mounts were replaced along with flywheel and fuel pump. In addition, consumer just received a recall notice 99V271/ winshield wiper linkage. Car is 1 year old and has 26000 miles, owner has already experienced many problems with it.

- Newbriaton, PA, USA

problem #12

Jun 011999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel pump failed.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #11

Jan 072000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Fuel pump failed. Nlm

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #10

Mar 022000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles

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

Recall 99V317000/ fuel pump. Defective fuel pump caused vehicle to stall unexpectedly. Dealer, peters auto, nashua, nh 603-889-1166, did not have the parts available for about 4 weeks.

- Hudson, NH, USA

problem #9

Dec 281999

Sephia

  • miles
Fuel pump separated from the vehicle. A recall(99V318000) has been issued on the vehicle. However, parts are not available. Dealer has welded the fuel pump in place.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #8

Feb 022000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Prior to recall a faulty fuel pump circuit failure caused the vehicle to stall and resulting in accident (99V-317).

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #7

Feb 092000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
NHTSA recall 99V318000 and manufacturer's recall 99V318000 concerning fuel pump failure. Dealership has the parts, but only has 1 mechanic that works on this type of car. They scheduled an appointment for 02-182-00 for the backup lights, but not for engine stalling. Consumer will try to get recall repairs for the fuel pump done on the day of the appointment.

- Colts Neck, NJ, USA

problem #6

Feb 042000

Sephia

  • miles
Brakes failed causing accident, they have been replaced 4 times also rotors fuel pump, transmission, glovebox, wiring harness, many other things too... could have lost my 2 of my grandsons in the accident... are we going to put up with this"?" I can be reached at vitello@pgh.net

- Sharon, PA, USA

problem #5

Feb 042000

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer contacted dealer in reference to recall 99V318000 concerning fuel pump failure. Dealer refused to correct the recall problem, claimed owner caused damage to vehicle herself.

- Cochacton, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 112000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Fuel pump circuit malfunctioned. Nlm

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 192000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Consumer received recall notices 99V318000 and 99V271000. Consumer contacted the dealer, dealer has yet to take care of the recalls. Also, dealer has been contacted on a number of occasions.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 151998

Sephia

  • miles
Just filled up vehicle with gasoline, and after driving away the vehicle stopped. Vehicle will not just start right up. Contacted dealer, and had the fuel pump replaced.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #1

Apr 121999

Sephia

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Nashville, TN, USA

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