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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Kia Sephia suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 072002

Sephia

  • miles

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

I was in a very serious accident on August 7th, at 10:30 am while driving in the middle lane of the mass pike rt. 90 framingham, mass. I thought my Kia sehpia was in accelent condition, but while I was driving in the middle lane, the steering wheel and column started shaking and I could not steer the vehicle. I tried to keep the vehicle in the lane but could not control the steering. The car screeched and was pulling to the right. To my immediate right was a large ryder rental truck, I braced myself and hit the left front end of the truck. The rest is a blur, I spun around and the rear of my car hit the guard rail and I fortunately stopped in the breakdown lane. It happened so fast, but what is most upsetting, I don't know what happened. I'm not sure if it was a steering column problem or a tire problem. All I know is, I was driving safetly and then my car when out off control. The right front of my vechicle was severly damaged, and my passenger side air bag did not deploy.

- Scituate, MA, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Jul 101999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on old route 50 another vehicle cut across in front of consumer's vehicle. Consumer was not able to stop, and hit vehicle broadside. Neither airbag deployed. Contacted manufacturer, and was told nothing was wrong. Since the accident, airbags have been on all the time. Also, had brakes replaced 5 or 6 times. When applying brakes the steering wheel shakes. Also, done an alignment.

- Pennsboro, WV, USA

problem #7

Jan 072000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles

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

Vehicle out of alignment. Nlm

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #6

Feb 022000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle continually experiences front end alignment problems causing excessive wear to tires.

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

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problem #5

Mar 111999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering wheel shakes/shimmies when braking. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #4

Sep 041999

Sephia

  • miles

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

The power windows & door locks would go up & down on their own. The doors are not locked securely. The windows fail to remain close or open when this happens. The steering wheel would vibrate after vehicle is started. Whenever the brakes are applied, vehicle shakes. The tire moulding & the trim is peeling off. Every time the vehicle stops, it would to be jump started, constantly. Taking vehicle back to dealer to repair problems.

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 271999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
When driving vehicle at high speeds, and applying the brakes, vehicle will pull to either side, and there is strong vibration in the steering column area. The dealer has been contacted.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #2

Oct 251999

Sephia

  • miles
While driving on freeway steering wheel was shaking and vibrating. Pulled over. Had the vehicle towed back to the garage. Contacted dealer. Dealer made the necessary repairs, but vehicle is still having the same problem.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 141998

Sephia

  • miles
Vehicle vibrates while driving at 55 mph or more. Vehicle has been in/out dealer shop on two occasions, and condition cannot be resolved. Manufacturer also notified.

- Waterville, ME, USA

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