fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,500 miles

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1998 Kia Sephia transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 042003

Sephia 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles


I bought a 1998 Kia Sephia in Feb of 2000 I have had to replace 3 gear shifters and three transmissions and the car has only been driven 2/3 of the time that I have owned this car. My signal light on one side has never really worked properly and the the headlight constantly shorts out. Of course now I'm out of warranty and still experiencing these problems and many more I dont know where else to turn because all I'm ever told is that's a Kia for you. I still have a loan of this car and dont think it's right that almost every year the gear shifter and trans need to be replaced. I would great appreciate any help you can give me because I havent been able to drive the car for the last 2 months because the gear shifter wont come out of park and when it did the trans raced when reaching 2 gear. There is no way anyone should experience this much trouble whether being a used car or not. Please help me.

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 272000

(reported on)


  • miles
The vehicle is hard to put into park. Nlm

- Erlanger, KY, USA

problem #2

Apr 172000


  • miles
Gear shift sticks.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 181998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When starting the vehicle up vehicle doesn't start up properly. Also, when driving at any speed and applying the brakes, they go half way to the floorboard, and vehicle jerks. In addition, computer chip/ gear shift malfunctioned. Vehicle has been into the shop over ten times. Air bag light and the check engine light keep coming on. Dealer can't determine the cause of the problems.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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