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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1997 Kia Sephia engine problems

engine problem

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1997 Kia Sephia Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Jan 012002

Sephia

  • miles

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

While driving at any speed vehicle completely shutsdown without warning, dealer has yet to be contacted.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #32

Dec 012001

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at any speed, vehicle completely shutsdown without warning, dealer has yet to be contatced. Consumer said when he purchased the vehicle engine light was on and engine shuts off whenever stopping, took back to dealer many times for repair, vehicle is experiencing the same problem. Consumer also stated the speedometer is acting erractically, the overdrive light has illuminated.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #31

Nov 012001

Sephia

  • miles
While traveling at any speed vehicle completely shutsdown without warning. Dealer has been contacted, but is unable to locate source of problem.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #30

Jul 301999

Sephia

  • miles

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

Car still does not start right a way/engine lgts still on/rgt sig does not wrk/cars a lemon/fuse blows evertime I turn on rgt signal.

- Duquesne, PA, USA

problem #29

Apr 202001

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Engine light illuminates.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #28

Jan 192001

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Engine & engine check light & power/fuel injection switch. Been in the service department for checkups and repairs 5 times for the same thing. Car is dead, timing chain broke and the block frozed up.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #27

Dec 222000

(reported on)

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Brakes rotors are prematurely wearing, cause unknown. Engine surges when stopping and some time shut down when starting.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #26

Oct 192000

Sephia

  • miles
This vehicle is a death trap..Ford dealer not very helpful.last incident almost caused serious accident. No safety defect mentioned in summary.

- Hawthorne, NJ, USA

problem #25

Dec 011998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Since consumer owned car brakes had to be changed five times. 3 batteries had to be put in. Engine light came on on instrument panel, anti-freeze is leaking and the engine is running rough.

- Norristown, PA, USA

problem #24

Sep 082000

Sephia

  • miles
I have had numerous problems with this. The check engine light has come on, the rotors had to be replaced twice and they still made noise but the dealer said there was nothing else they could do, the hinge on the back door failed, the left strut had to be replaced. This time the entire bottom of the car was damaged the car skipped when in drive to reverse and the breaks would not allow the car to come to a complete stop. Kia needs to do something about this these cars have too many defects and I'm sure they have many mor people just don't report them all the time

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #23

Sep 082000

Sephia

  • miles

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

I have had numerous problems with this. The check engine light has come on, the rotors had to be replaced twice and they still made noise but the dealer said there was nothing else they could do, the hinge on the back door failed, the left strut had to be replaced. This time the entire bottom of the car was damaged the car skipped when in drive to reverse and the breaks would not allow the car to come to a complete stop. Kia needs to do something about this these cars have too many defects and I'm sure they have many mor people just don't report them all the time

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #22

Nov 011999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
Engine failed.

- Reseda, CA, USA

problem #21

Jun 172000

Sephia

  • miles
While driving on highway or exiting a ramp vehicle would stall with any prior warning or reason. Have taken vehicle to dealership at least 8 times for the stalling problem. Problem would be adjusted, but it would always reappear. Stalling is an intermittent problem.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #20

Apr 252000

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle stalled and died, causing a collision which resulted in minor injuries. Manufacturer has been notified. Stalling has been a reoccurring problem, despite many repairs done by dealer.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #19

Sep 151998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ongoing problem with battery failure; dealer notified, and replaced faulty battery on two occasions, and problem reoccurred. Also, and problem engine hesitation. Dealer notified. The consumer found out right after leasing the vehicle, that the radio was inoperable. The vehicle began squeeking in the rear end when turning. The heater malfunctioned. The left rear strut assembly failed causing knocking noise at right rear. The O-ring failed causeing the distributor leak and there was loss of power while driving.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #18

May 022000

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission was replaced twice/ the engine seized at 30000 miles/ the brakes warped three times and were replaced 3 times/ the windows are hard to open and close/ the brake pedal is extremely low.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #17

Aug 131999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving and slowing down or turning vehicle would stall. Consumer felt this was a safety issue, took vehicle to dealer, and they were not helping. Consumer also reports smelling ags fumes inside vehicle, and check engine light frequently flashing.

- Totowa, NJ, USA

problem #16

Feb 011998

Sephia

  • miles
While driving vehicle stalls unexpectedly which may cause a crash. Dealer cannot determine the cause of the problem.

- Laurel, MS, USA

problem #15

Nov 221999

Sephia

  • miles
Engine check light is on/leaking motor oil/ power steering binding, and front and rear seat belts do not retract.

- Reseda, CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 261999

(reported on)

Sephia

  • miles
While driving and applying the brakes engine stalls completely out. Has to be turned off and started back up. Dealer has seen vehicle, and cant find solution.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

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