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1998 Kia Sephia windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 011999


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Windshield cracked when heat was turned on.

- Westford, MA, USA

problem #3

Aug 031999


  • miles
Since purchased the mv has been in shop for numerous (13+) problems and defects. My concern over safety issues has been dismissed or given many different answers. Dealership does not always gives repair order slips whenever the car is looked at or serviced. The safety and dependability of this mv is questionnable given the number of times in the repair shop. Dealership/manufacturer's representative claims nothing wrong, although manufacuter's representative did offer reimbursement of 3 car payments. The issue of the lack of deceleration has still to be resolved. As a female consumer, I feel that I am being taken advantage of by both the dealer and manufacturer. I believe that this particular vehicle is a "lemon" and in all likelihood will continue to problems in the future.

- East Wareham, MA, USA

problem #2

Mar 011999

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Windshield glass is too thin, causing stress cracks while driving.

- Westford, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 021998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle vibrates due to warped front brake rotors/pads. Also, defective windshield/plastic pieces on seats sticking and digging into skin, and sttering wheel rubbe rloose on spokes.

- Schererville, IN, USA

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