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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
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1998 Kia Sephia windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #15

Jan 221999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Glogged nozzle caused the washer to be inopertive, the nozzles were also misadjusted. Nlm

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #14

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 #13

Aug 251998

Sephia

  • miles
Signal lights fail to work properly when in use during cold weather for 15 minutes or so. Sometimes this happens when it's raining. The dealer replaced the hazard switch and there have not been any failures since. Seat belts have been replaced 3 times. Brakes and rotors have been replaced 3 times. Windshield wipers failed prior to recall. Head gasket replaced at 3500 miles. Molding on the doors fell off and was replaced. Tailpipe was replaced due to excessive exhaust fumes.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #12

Sep 042000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles

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

Driver side wiper link falls off when windshield gets alittle dry & wipers start to drag

- Glenville, PA, USA

problem #11

Sep 042000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Driver side wiper link falls off when windshield gets alittle dry & wipers start to drag

- Glenville, PA, USA

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problem #10

Jun 062000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Windshield wipers failed. Nlm

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #9

Jan 212000

Sephia

  • miles

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

Wipers failed.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #8

Nov 021999

Sephia

  • miles
Windshield wiper blades failed.

- Vernon, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jan 072000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Windshield washer nozzle failed. Nlm

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 132000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Windshield sprayer failed.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #5

Jan 112000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles

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

Windshield wipers are not attached properly. Nlm

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 011999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer hears grinding noise when turning on wipers. Nlm

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #3

Sep 241999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
When gently braking at high speeds, the steering wheel shakes badly. Also, when braking to a stop, the car does not stop smoothly. It jerks and vibrates when the brakes are used until I come to a complete stop. The roters have been replaced once already. One winter morning, I noticed that my windshield wipers were not working. Upon closer inspection, I found that they had somehow loosened. Fortunately, there was no precipitation that day. When having the problem looked at by one of Kia's service centers, the guy there indicated that the problem was common.

- Newport, KY, USA

problem #2

May 151999

Sephia

  • miles
Brakes have been replaced discs warped and pads depleted. Also, windshield wipers quit during a snow storm, drivers side only. Dealer fixed but we were admonished about using wipers during heavy snow storm. Duh?

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 191998

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Front brake rotors warping/ stripping of windshield wiper gears/ speedometer head broken.

- Moss Beach, CA, USA

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