really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,500 miles

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2001 Kia Sephia windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2001 Kia Sephia Owner Comments

problem #2

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 #1

Dec 132001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer complained that rear seat belts were not functioning properly, and another set was installed in the back. Currently, they seem to be too small for an average adult. When puttng them on they automatically lock into the seat. Dealer replaced rear seat belt assembly. Right front window is blurry. Dealer replaced deformed front door glass. Rear defroster inoperative. Dealer found rear defrost grid broken. Left side mirror vibrates. Side mirror assembly replaced.

- Stockton, CA, USA

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