1997 Kia Sephia 1.8 DOHC from North America
I like my KIA, it is a fine running car when it starts
I love my Kia! I do however have a few eye sores. The dash is peeling back, the overdrive does not work, the transmision slips (bad) between 2 and 3 gears. Sometimes when I turn the key to start it, all the warning lights come on, but the car starter or engine doesn't make a sound.
Overall I must say that I have a really nice car. I have taken it on many road trips and have had no problems.
The dashboard is peeling back and looks like it got burnt from the sun. Nothing a little super glue wouldn't fix.
The overdrive button does not work, but I don't pull anything so it is not a big concern for me.
The automatic transmision slips between 2nd and 3rd gear. It sounds like someone learning to drive a stick shift and forgot to let the clutch out before giving it too much gas. This has become a problem only because I can't find anyone in my area that wants to put a new one in. The closest dealer is 45 miles away..
Just recently, it has started this new thing where it won't start. All the warning dash-lights come on, but the starter or engine won't kick in. I was advised that it was the "park/neutral" switch.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th February, 2002