1997 Kia Sephia RS 1.6 DOHC from North America
Good cheap and reliable transportation
The first two years I had to replace the brake pads and rotors a few times, but it was still under warranty.
The tape player/radio had to be replaced three times in the first two years.
Recently the radio started "hiccuping" in hot weather or if you played it more than 45 minutes.
Dashboard started coming apart at 100,000 miles.
Just recently replaced front drive axle, much of rotting exhaust system and oxygen sensor emissions problem.
The car was super reliable after the first year or two and was great until it got around 103,000.
I just didn't have the money to replace the whole dang exhaust system.
My friends were impressed at how nice it handled and quick it accelerated for such a cheap car.
It was great on long trips, never had any problems.
I just wish they could last as long as Honda or Subaru.
Just traded it in for a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta, but still miss the Kia's penchance for low maintenance -- Volkswagens are not like that.
Also wish the interior was not made so cheaply.
The fact that it got some of the poorest crash test scores was a bummer too.
For my seven years of ownership, I certainly feel I got my money's worth.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th February, 2004