12th Jun 2007, 21:15
Well, after 3 years and 189,893 miles the shuttle van met it maker.. a hummer that decided to hit it. Totaled the van... still though, no major problems... just goes to show what a little regular maintance can do! We now have an 07 sedona in service... lets see how it holds up...
31st Aug 2007, 15:54
Kia Sephia here with 379,000 miles on it. Bought it back in 96. Never had a problem except brakes and the suspension. AC stopped working the other day. Had a new A/C compressor installed for $256. Change the oil every 3000 miles, transmission fiuld every 30K and make sure you replace the timing belt at 60 or every 100K. It very important to take care of your vehicle.
Paint is starting to fade, but its old, what can you except?
5th Sep 2007, 01:00
It's good that Kia let some good ones out of the factory, even if I've got problems believing it. Anyhow it's strange how experiences varies. I've had two of those vehicles and I'd rate them bottom of the barrel. Having had two vehicles and having such an wide array of problems, it can't just be all coincidences. When the car needs engine work every year it's because it's bad quality and not because of coincidences.
6th Sep 2007, 01:24
<Kia Sephia here with 379,000 miles on it.>
No way a Sephia would run that mileage without problems. For a start the F4A-EL transmission would fail before 100,000 miles; maybe you can get to last 150,000 if you're very lucky. These transmission are not very well built and everybody knows it. It's cheap crap. It's basically the same crappy transmission that's fitted to many compact Ford/Mazdas from the nineties.
Further, most parts on the Sephia are not designed to last more than 100,000. Suspension will go at that mileage or before. Rubber bushings, dampers, tie ends never last that long. Maybe the electrics may last that long, but I doubt it. And there's no way you can get this engine much past the 200,000 miles mark without repairs.
I know a thing or two about Kia cars, having kept a couple of those afloat. Comparing Sedona and Sephia, the Sephia was actually the better car. But being wrecked at 212,000 miles this car had substantial repairs done to it including new transmission and second one was starting to go. Engine was going smoking and leaking oil. All electrics were going; it did not charge properly. Suspension was repaired several times. And mind, we are easy users.
So I don't believe your 379,000 miles.
29th Jan 2008, 19:02
A Sephia with 379000 miles on the odometer. WOW! You must be blessed or live better than the rest of us!
You sure it isn't 37,900 miles, that would make a lot more sense.