Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,875 miles

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1998 Kia Sephia fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 062006

Sephia 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,500 miles


Flashing overdrive dash light and check engine light continually lit due to faulty pressure sensor at fuel injector.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 212000


  • miles
I bought this car used w/42K miles. I have had the same problem with the tps since 2months after I bought it. I have had it in the Kia repair shop 8 times and have spent over $1500 in repairs, towing and rental cars. I have had it towed 3 times. It has had a new computer, new sensors, new distribution center and new circuit connectors installed, in addition to all of the fuel related safety recall parts. I would not recommend this car to my worst enemy. Kia consumer assistance is clueless---this make and model should have been recalled completely! I am in the process of filing lemon law and am completely disgusted with this car, as well as the company.

- Coral Spring, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 072000


  • miles
This first car was to be transportation to work/school but has been nothing but trouble since a few days off the lot. Now it is unsafe and undrivable due to a malfunction that makes the car jerk constantly and stall in traffic. Please, do not buy a Kia. It will be a serious waste of resources.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Apr 151999

(reported on)


  • miles
We have replaced the rotors and brake pads 4 times and the drums once. The car has difficulty starting and taking off. Various problems concerning minor problems, seat cushion, lighter, A/C, gas spewing back out of tank etc. Our major concern is the braking system which started six weeks after purchase and hasn't ended yet. The Kia representative is uncooperative.

- Cordell, OK, USA

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