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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,197 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.

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2001 Kia Sephia electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 102016

Sephia 4-cyl

  • miles


Having trouble with drivers side window. It will work then the motor/regulator gets stuck and won't function. Then all of a sudden it will work then not work. I just want to find out what's causing problem. All wires to switch tested positive power is going to and from motor/regulator to all switches. My cell is [xxx] I just want a name and phone number of someone who can fix this in 07646 area code. I, E an expert on power window problems thank you. My name is [xxx] this is sort of a complaint because it's become a difficult diagnosis I need a Kia specialists help. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- New Milford, NJ, USA

problem #4

Dec 062008

Sephia 4-cyl

  • 52,984 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Kia Sephia. The vehicle failed to start after several attempts. The starter and two relays were replaced; however, the failure immediately recurred. The contact has not had the vehicle diagnosed by an authorized dealer to determine the cause of the failure. She is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure and current mileages were 52,984. Updated 01/07/09. Updated 01/08/09.

- Mason City, IA, USA

problem #3

Jan 102004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My car is in the shop for the third major repair in less than 2 years. First, in Jan. Of '04 there was a leak in the block. That required the entire engine to be replaced ($3,800). Then, 2 months ago, the entire electrical system had to be replaced ($1,567) and now it is in the shop to have the compressor and belts replaced($975). The dealership also does not offer a loaner car and I cannot afford to rent.

- Ripley, TN, USA

problem #2

Jan 142002

Sephia 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Before 40,000 miles, had fuel pump changed 2 times, starter changed 2 times, new transmission, ignition control module once, doors replaced due to defect, new paint job due to trash under original paint job, all hub caps and trim were replaced due to fading at 10,000 miles (which faded again a few thousand miles later), ac blower resistor motor replaced, all mirrors were replaced, electrical short in dome light, & ignition switch replaced. I bought my car in Oct 2001, and was put in shop for the first time in Jan. 2002 and has been there 55 days since. I have kept up with all required maintenance. Sorry, but this car is junk. And I hate to have had a bad experience buying my first new vehicle.

- Westlake, LA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012001

Sephia 4-cyl

  • miles
Consumer stated that headlights changed from bright to dim constantly. First they were bright, then they gradually became dim. The consumer took the vehicle to several mechanics and was told by that there was nothing they could do because this was a manufacturer's defect. The headlights never stopped working, they just dimmed enough that it was hard to view in front while driving. There was trouble with the keyless entry. The vehicle locked up would not unlock. While driving, the problem seemed worse at a moderate steady speed.

- Creola, OH, USA

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