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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,100 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.

2001 Kia Sephia engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #5

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 #4

Dec 042003


  • miles
While driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled. The driver was able to restart the vehicle and drive to the dealer for analysis. The mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Alliance, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 172003


  • miles
The vehicle stalled, and then caught on fire.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #2

Mar 052003


  • 15,500 miles
The vehicle stalled without warning, the dealer was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Springfield Gardens, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 132001


  • miles
When pressing on gas motor rose above frame. Driver noticed when hood was raised and gas pressed. Driver felt cause was defected motor mounts. Consumer took vehicle to dealer because the transaxle jumped out of place and caused vehicle to crash.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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