1999 Kia Sephia from North America
If you are OK with general regular maintenance, not a bad car
Brakes and rotors needed complete replacement at 100,000.
Needed a transmission at 85,000.
Doors freeze shut in the winter on certain humid cold days, so it makes it odd that sometimes, it is just not possible to open the doors. Because of this, I often must leave it unlocked, and it's still not possible to open the doors when they freeze. (It sounds fantastic, but believe me it is true!) I live in New England and it happens about 5 times a year, and I have to cancel where I am going, or get a ride home and wait for the sun to thaw it the next day.
With general upkeep, it can go months without any care.
I have gotten up to 40 MPG riding conservatively in the fall and summer. I average about 30+ MPG.
When you go six or so months without any upkeep costs, it seems worth it... I average about $600 yearly on maintenance one way or the other; tires, battery, brakes, etc, so in reality that's about what an older car costs to maintain, and no payments, low insurance, and I feel I will get another 100,000 miles out of it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 28th July, 2011