1997 Kia Sephia LS 1.8 from North America
Excellent car for the little bit of money they cost now
Front rotors warped within 10000 miles, still driving on them though.
Battery needed replaced.
Seat belts needed replaced, possibly due to unknown accident.
After 80,000 miles, I changed the spark plugs, wires and distributor cap, the air filter, and the PVC valve.
Changed the oil every 3,000 miles.
Changed the front brakes twice, the rotors were really warped, but I couldn't pay the $85 dollars to replace them, but they eventually straightened back out. The brake parts seem unusually high, the rear drums are like $185 a piece, and the shoes are like $50.
Overall, I am really happy with this car, I have put 85,000 miles or so on it, and have had no real problems other than the rotors. Here recently, I took the two air horns off the air box, and it really screams now. I did 115 MPH in the car shortly after I bought it. I know it isn't a Hennessey Viper, but I held my own quite a few times. With all the negative stuff I read, I am not sure what car those people are talking about, but it isn't my KIA. I love that lil Korean import.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th January, 2003