1994 Kia Sephia Reviews

1994 Kia Sephia GS Not sure from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Not sure Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 miles
Most recent distance123000 miles
Previous carSubaru DL

Summary:

Hidden gem, but you do have to baby it

Faults:

Repeated problems with CV joint ($100-$200 per incident).

Repeated problems with alignment.

Brakes failed at about 80k miles. $250 to replace, and this was a bargain. I worked for a car dealer who cut me a deal. Anywhere else, likely to cost $400 or more.

Transmission shifted hard - had to ease off gas to allow it to shift from one gear into or another or it would shift with enough force to feel like the transmission was being damaged. Dealer advised this is normal.

General Comments:

I purchased this Kia on impulse and under pressure. This is not a good way to buy any car, but it worked out.

Caveat emptor - any Kia should be bought with the intention of keeping it for the length of the loan. It depreciates quickly and you will likely be upside down if you still owe money at trade-in time.

That said, this car was a hidden gem. I worked this car hard - moving 60 miles on the hottest day of the summer, driving 1000 miles across the desert in 18 hours, daily stop-and-go driving - and this car took everything I could throw at it.

I would have liked a little more power, particularly when this Coloradan was driving into the mountains with the pedal on the floor and the speedometer barely topping 20.

Also, you do have to baby this car a bit. My ex bought the car from me. She drives a car very hard - floors the gas from a stop, drives a little too fast for the prevailing conditions, did not do regular oil changes, etc., and she had a few more maintenance issues than I did.

Overall, I loved this car and would buy another given the opportunity.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2004

1994 Kia Sephia GX Standard from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission Standard Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 kilometres
Most recent distance115000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Samurai

Summary:

Bargain price, bargain car, runs good, fairly reliable

Faults:

Battery gone out at about 70k.

Alternator gone out at about 80k.

Starter replaced at about 95k.

Timing belt changed at 115k.

Axle boot replaced at 80k, 95k, 115k. Maybe I was getting ripped off by the mechanic. I fixed the thing and the wheel starts to go "clock, clock, clock" when I turn a month later.

Burned and wrinkled dash, I thought I was the only one until I read this forum.

Don't sit in the seat for a long time, your butt, back and neck will hurt.

Passenger door lock broke at 80k.

Driver side door lock broke at 95k. I have three keys...

General Comments:

Bought the thing used for $6000 out the door.

I drove almost 60K miles on it so that comes out to 0.1 cent / mile. Not too bad.

It's not a quality car, but consider the cost. It's pretty decent as a mode of transportation.

What's with all the dash messing up?!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd February, 2004

27th May 2004, 15:50

Wow, this car sucks, but how did you even get 50000 miles out of it, much less 115000??? I would never have expected a KIA to last for 50000 miles.

28th Aug 2005, 08:59

Don't be so closed minded with your comment on his review. My brother also had a Kia for years and it was a good car. You just have the mentality that because the name is Kia that it's a bad car. I'm sure some people have had bad experiences with Kias, but it's that stigma that if it isn't a Toyota, Honda or Nissan then it can't be a good car. Only the plastic pieces were cheapo on my brothers car. They would come apart so you would just re-glue them. Even that didn't keep happening a lot.

1994 Kia Sephia LS 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carToyota Supra

Summary:

Costly to fix up, but worth it

Faults:

Well first when I got the car, the clutch went out and I replaced it with a triple disk after market ram clutch.

After that I had to replace the mass air sensor because I blew it out by having too much horse power. Then I broke a CV joint.

General Comments:

I think the KIA Sephia is a good car if you like to pay huge amounts of money too fix it up.

Right now I've got my 94 Sephia lowered with 2 inches of ground clearance.

I got a NOS wet spray system with twin t66 turbos and a 6 inch exhaust.

It has 18 inch rims with a 12 inch aluminum spoiler on it. All in all I've put over 50 grand into it since I bought it, but it's worth it, it does the quarter mile in 10.45 seconds, which is pretty good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2003

3rd Apr 2003, 10:58

Nice review, however I do not feel that your statement of investing fifty thousand dollars into your 1994 Kia Sephia rings true somehow. Nice try though.

9th Jan 2004, 12:39

Umm Yea..

50k in a KIA... Have fun trying to unload that POS. 6 inch exhaust. Yea right...

Need to delete that BS post moderators...

21st Jun 2010, 20:15

I believe it would cost over 50 large to build a 10 sec KIA.

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 4 reviews