2000 Kia Sephia Base 1.8 DOHC from North America
From 63k to 86k, still very few problems. Bought in winter 2000, 86k miles in 2.5 years!
Just lost my catalytic converter. Horrible horrible rattling noise after the car warms up. At 86k I am over my emissions warranty, which ran until 80k. I haven't replaced it yet, since it failed AFTER emissions testing. Part is $170 online, may change myself.
I still change my oil/filter religiously every 3k miles. To me this makes a huge difference in any car. I also add a fuel injector gas supplement every once-in-a-while to a full tank of gas.
I also hit all the 15k services at a dealer. 90k coming up! Reminder: 60k service does not replace timing belt! Definitely replace the timing belt at that time; if not during the service, then somewhere else (Pep Boys for me).
Overall no problems. Have a roof rack for carrying bikes. This is our travelling car due to the high mileage & incredibly poor resale value.
Forgot to mention in my earlier post that the tires were so horrible I lost my traction in snow while just going straight. The car slid sideways and I regained control in time to move it up a curb. No damage except to the underside of the car where the bumper hits the frame. Just bent some welded on angles that hold the bumper. Bumper sits lower, but is still hanging on, no problems with steering! These were not the Kumho tires. I replaced them with GOOD Kumho's from TireRack.com and have had no problems.
This is the way I feel about my car:
"Seems I got a Kia produced in the middle of the run when things went right.
In the beginning of manufacturing they didn't know how to build anything, in the end of the run they just didn't care."
Resale value prevents Kia from entering the market of the "smart" car buyer who has money (I was a poor grad student when I bought it).
Though I like the car and it gives me little problems, I wouldn't buy another Kia. I'm just not in their type of market any more, plus the horror stories of the many many many others put me off.
The service I had at the dealer was pretty good. But I have moved and will go to a new dealer soon. They reminded me of the timing belt issue (see above).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd April, 2003
My 2001 Kia Sephia currently has 53,000 miles. After the initial problems that include among others; Passenger side rear view mirror glass fell out, body side molding fell off one of the doors, cover on window visors mirrors both fell off, door weather stripping on rear door fell off each time the door was opened, and finally and probably the worse problem (especially since I live in Florida) the air conditioning broke. I would trade this car in however the poor resale value prevents that option at this time. I would not be a repeat buyer of Kia nor would I recommend anyone to purchase this brand. The service I received at the car dealership is very poor. The initial price was good, however the old saying prevails "You get what you pay for" G. Durbin.