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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,024 miles

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2001 Kia Sephia transmission problems

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2001 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #14

Nov 212004

Sephia 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

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

I was driving down the road and the transmission started slipping. Then another day the car died going down the road. I managed to get off the road, and then I got it started back up, and was going home and the car stopped running again. When I got it running again I took it home, and I am afraid to drive it again. I bought it at a used car dealer and it only had 37,000 miles on it when it bought it. It is not quite 93,000 miles on it now and I am still having to pay for something that I am afraid to drive. I have replaced the brake pads 3 times.the dya it quit running twice with me is Dec. 21 merry christmas to me.I didn't have the money to take it to a mechanic. So I just parked it in my backyard.

- Martin, GA, USA

problem #13

May 022002

Sephia 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at any speed vehicle stalled. Driver was able to restart the vehicle, and took it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that transmission needed to be replaced, and replaced it. However, the problem recurred, and the mechanic replaced the control module. The problem recurred once again.

- Rosamond, CA, USA

problem #12

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 #11

May 122004

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles

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

Vehicle had automatic transmission and the gear shift will not stay in park. When parking the vehicle and turning it off vehicle rolled into reverse. Consumer had to use the emergency brake to keep the car from rolling back. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer on 3 separate occasions. Dealer maintained that the defect was not their problem.

- Wolcott, VT, USA

problem #10

Apr 192004

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My car has 30,000 miles on it and the transmission has been replaced 2 times. I have never been given a loaner to use while my car was in the shop. This is very inconvenient when you work.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #9

Dec 052003

Sephia 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,690 miles
Transmission failed while driving. Consumer stated transmission was replaced five times. Consumer just had a sixth replacement of transmission.

- Battletown, KY, USA

problem #8

Aug 012001

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles

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

Engine and lots of others.

- Warrensville Hts, OH, USA

problem #7

Jun 012001

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,744 miles
-I am the second owner of this 2001 Kia Sephia ls 4 door. Here is my complaint.the instruction simply stated "to shift from park press brake pedal". the button, located in the top left side of the handle, that has to be pressed while applying brake pedal will not go all the way in. Since the date of purchased, everyday when putting gear from park to drive I had to wait 30 minutes or more before the knob can be pushed all the way in. I thought this was normal for an automatic transmission until today (1 June 03). The button was completely paralized. My car had to be towed to the nearest Kia service department. They are closed on sundays. Tomorrow (Monday) I will report the problem to Kia. I think all 2001 Kia Sephia with automatic transmission must be recalled for the malfunctioning that my car had.

- Fairbanks, AK, USA

problem #6

Apr 282003

Sephia 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,900 miles
The automatic transmission has failed on me twice. The car is not even 2 years old.

- Powers Lake, WI, USA

problem #5

Aug 022002

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission is not working properly, .gears have become harder to change, and when driving, transmission will slip at times. Contacted dealer.

- Hillsville, VA, USA

problem #4

Jul 032002

Sephia

  • miles

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

Vehicle does not have any power. Vehicle has been checked by dealer, who has replaced wire harness/ 2 computer chips, and transmission twice. Vehicle was picked up 7/3/02, and broke down again. Consumer has to have pedal floored for vehicle to move.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #3

Oct 102001

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When vehicle is in reverse there is a clunking and rumbling sound. When vehicle is stopping or standing still it makes a loud whistling noise. When entering highway vehicle will not accelerate over 50 mph, gas pedal has to be pushed to the floor. Consumer feels this is very unsafe.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 262001

(reported on)

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was parked in the driveway on a slight incline. I made sure that the vehicle was in park, turned off and I removed the key. I went inside and an hour later I was informed by my uncle that my car was sitting at the bottom of the driveway. When we went outside my car was in neutral and had rolled backwards down the driveway. After the vehicle was pulled back up the driveway I tried to take the key out after putting the vehicle in neutral, it would not allow me to remove the key from the ignition. I then put the car in reverse and tried to remove the key, it again would not allow me to remove the key. I then put the car in park, turned the car off, and removed the key. After removing the key, I tried to force the gear into reverse and into neutral, it would not allow me too. I pressed on the brake and pulled on the gear to get it to move and it would not. My father, and insurance agent, had informed me that a while back there was a manufacturer defect in some Ford vehicle's. the result of the manufacturer defect was that the transmissions were throwing themselves into reverse. I have spoken to mechanics and they say that it is possible for a vehicle with a transmission defect to throw themselves into neutral, but when I called around to different Kia dealers, they refuse to believe me and tell me that it was human error. There is no way that I could have removed the key if the vehicle was not in park. I am affraid that a child may be playing behind my car, or an individual may be harmed if this were to happen again, so if you could please look into it, and let me know if there is anything else that I can do besides set my parking break. Thank you.

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 062000

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The first day driving the vehicle, I drove approx. 3 miles and the "engine" light came on and the "overdrive-off" light kept flashing off and on. The dealership told me it was a defective shift lever bushing and they had the car for 3 days to replace the part. A week later the engine light and O/D lights came on again. Dealership couldn't find problem, so they called the Kia manaufacturing plant and the factory said they have had over 2,000 complaints about the same problem and that theres a flaw in the transmission control module and it's not detrimental to the engine, but they are in the process of making the right part to send out to the dealerships to handle the problem. Whether this is accurate or not, I was onlty taking the service managers word for it.

- Canton, OH, USA

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