1999 Kia Sephia from North America


Enough lemons to put Country Time out of business


What hasn't gone wrong with the car?

I am on my fifth transmission. The first one was replaced at less than 10,000 miles.

The computer system has had to be replaced twice. The first time at under 10,000 miles.

The starter has been replaced twice.

There have been numerous recalls. My favorite was the recall to fix the gas tank. Before this was fixed gas would squirt all over you every time you filled up.

The first problem occurred on my drive home from picking it up at the dealership. It stalled on the expressway in heavy 60 mph traffic. Not cool.

The driver's side front door lock has been broken since about 5,000 miles. It either sticks or will not lock. You cannot open that door at all in the winter. (about 6 months out of the year here)

The rotors were warped when I picked up the car from the dealership and they had to be replaced.

The dealership even tried to cheat me out of that "free tank of gas" that KIA promised when I picked it up.

The list goes on and on.

General Comments:

This car is loud and noisy. It handles terribly and shakes and shimmies on the road. Especially at high speeds.

I have found the car to be extremely unreliable. I have had it back to the dealer too many times to count for repairs. Even though all of these repairs have been covered under warranty, my time and sanity is worth something. I have had to fight with the dealer to get many of these problems fixed. When they did agree to fix them parts were sometimes not available for weeks or months. I got no satisfaction from corporate KIA when I brought up my issues to them.

The most satisfying experience that I could have would be to drive this car off a cliff and watch it burn. At least then I would get some enjoyment out of it.

To get right to the point, I would rather walk.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd October, 2002

10th May 2004, 23:22

I know what you mean! I had a 2002 Rio which Kia wound up repurchasing because the car couldn't keep a transmission for more than 5,000 miles!!! I called them and told them EXACTLY what I thought of their car. All they could offer my was another attempt at fixing it. Luckily for me, the people at the DMV arbitration board understood. My car became a lemon with unknown mileage because the dealership rolled my odometer back 20,000 miles! The representative from Kia kept telling me there was nothing wrong with my car when he drove it even though it was quite obvious it was missing a gear! I feel bad for every Kia owner out there...I'm just glad I got out of it!! Kia's are scary to drive!!

1999 Kia Sephia LX 1.8 from North America


This car has its problems, but is overall a decent value


This car had a defective flywheel from the factory. The dealership replaced it under warranty.

The first set of brakes went bad (rotor warped) just under the 12,000 mark. Dealer replaced under warranty.

Front door speaker started to rattle. Dealer replaced under warranty.

Exhaust system was damaged in an accident. Dealer replaced under warranty.

Spark plug wires needed to be replaced at 32,000 miles. Cost $10.00.

Battery replaced at 32,000 miles. Cost $60.00.

Tires replaced at 32,000 miles. Cost $200.00.

General Comments:

First off, since you are researching this car, be sure to do the same with the dealership. The service center will make a difference.

Second, when the manual says 36,000 mile intervals, it "means" 36,000 mile intervals, so be prepared to make an extra car payment at that time.

Other than that, we have enjoyed this vehicle enough to purchase our second, a Sportage, and already have plans for our third. My wife loves it.

This engine has plenty of power for the car.

You can look-up and purchase most of the parts at their web-site.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2002