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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Kia Sephia transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 012001


  • miles


After getting out of the vehicle and putting it in park vehicle came out of park and rolled back.

- Monsui, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 191999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced movement while parked and emergency brake engaged. While consumer was scraipping snow off front windshield and his foot was caught under the tire. Dealer/manufacturer notified.

- Pamer, OH, USA

problem #3

Oct 101999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver is able to shift vehicle from park to drive without brake application, which is suppose to be a safety feature. The safety feature is not working. Vehicle was taken to the dealership. The dealership stated that some type of liquid must have spilled down in the console. The problem has not been corrected.

- Rodchester, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 181998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A/C not cooling vehicle properly. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #1

Mar 291999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is hard to shift. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

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