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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.

2001 Kia Sephia body / paint problems

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2001 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 012005


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


At cold temperatures driver's side door had trouble opening and closing. When taken to dealer for service the same problem continued. There was an incident where consumer was driving and suddenly the door opened. Consumer had to hold the door shut until she arrived at her destination.

- Ambridge, PA, USA

problem #4

Mar 012001


  • miles
Bought new car. Several electrical malfunctions. Inside door locks (repaired 2 times). Horn malfunction (repaired 2 times). Spark plugs, wires, and coil (replaced 1 time). Rear defrost malfunction (repaired 1 time.) air filter cover screws and holes stripped out (replaced 1 time). Air conditioner fan-scraping noise (never repaired). Outside door locks malfunction (currently being looked at). Stick shift was "jumping around"-rear motor mount was bad (replaced 1 time). Knock sensor malfunction (replaced 1 time). Dash dials not working (replaced fuse 1 time). Problems started day after I purchased car-should have heeded the obvious warning! do not buy Kia!

- New Braunfels, TN, USA

problem #3

Jan 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the rubber strips on all four doors have came loose on 2 different occasions, consumer stated that this caused moisture inside the vehicle, and on cold days, frost would build up on the inside of the windows, this also caused the carpet to mildew and mold, Kia replaced the rubber strips, however one is coming loose again.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #2

Dec 112001


  • miles
Got out of vehicle to check my mail w/2 kids, 22 months & 6 months in car. Ignition & emergency brake left on. Came back to car, pulled door handle to open doors, and automatic power locks clicked and locked doors when I lifted the handle to open driver's side door. Kids were locked in unheated running car for over 1 hour. Police called, tow service got car open. Doors should 1) not lock when simply pulling on door handle to open door & 2) should not lock with key in ignition. Younger child slept through incident, but older child was very scared and distraught. This could have been a disaster had the car been in a garage (I.e. carbon monoxide poisoning).

- Coatesville, PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 192001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Weather stripping on the door(right rear) keeps coming off and doesn't allow the door to close properly. Service 4 times and replaced twice.

- Plymouth, MA, USA

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