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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 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

problem #6

Aug 011999

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

On Mar 10 2001 consumer was ready to pull out into traffic with foot on brake vehicle suddenly accelerated, and hit another vehicle. Vehicle accelerated once before in 1999, but there was no accident.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #5

Jan 252001

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving about any mph vehicle will suddenly accelerate without a prior warning.consumer will step on brakes pedal to stop acceleration, but vehicle will not stop, and concerned about fact of an accident. Transmission failed. Brakes make noise due to rotor failure. Wiper blades failed. Battery failed.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #4

Oct 011998

Sephia

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At various speeds overdrive light flashes off and loses power. Dealer has inspected vehicle several times, and have not been able to duplicate problem. After the 7th time dealer replaced the throttle sensor and the car is running fine.

- Pocono Summit, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 301997

Sephia

  • miles

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

Vehicle surges by itself, and then stalls. Contacted dealer and manufacturer.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Aug 071998

Sephia

  • miles
Warped front and rear rotors/ intermittent stalling. Replaced starter/battery/throttle body/starter motor and adjusted timing gear and chain.

- Delray Bea, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 181998

Sephia

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer experiencing problem with vehicle partly stalling, and within seconds the vehicle would accelerate. Vehicle been in/out of dealer shop on numerous times, but condition still occurs.

- Vanburen, AR, USA

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