2000 Kia Sephia Reviews - Page 13 of 18

2000 Kia Sephia Base 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carPontiac Firebird

Summary:

A very good entry level car

Faults:

I have not had any problems up to this point with the car.

General Comments:

The car is a great entry level vehicle.

I replaced tires at 33000 and the battery at 48000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th January, 2003

2000 Kia Sephia LS from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.8 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance34900 miles
Previous carHyundai Coupe

Summary:

This car sucks and is not worth the money

Faults:

The cooling system went bad I had no heat and the dealer could not get in for 4 or 5 days. I have 2 young children and could not wait that long. The stereo was bad. The weather stripping keeps coming off. The inside is falling apart.

General Comments:

This is not a good car to buy I will never buy another one. The engine is starting to sound rough. I have nothing good to say about this car. Buy a Toyota!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th January, 2003

2000 Kia Sephia from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.4 / 10
Distance when acquired35 miles
Most recent distance36000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Most reliable on a flatbed on it's way to the crusher

Faults:

The brakes were bad as I left the dealership.

Dealership went out of business, no forwarding dealership.

Two transmissions in 1000 miles.

Each time having the car for 5-7 days.. Dealer said" Very uncommon." Ya right!

Brake pads, rotors repaired. Still not working fully.

Shifter sticking. Would not release into reverse, or drive. Dealer blamed miss use of shifter.

The check engine light, and the over drive off light likes to come on.

The car hesitates when your trying to start off.

The car has horrible acceleration.

I currently am getting approximately 20 miles per gallon on the freeway, with the winds help.

Exhaust pipe rusted off at 12000 miles. very loud car. New exhaust system, at 34000 miles.

The dealership is not very willing to accept responsibility. This is very uncommon, Kia's are very reliable cars and we do not see many repairs with them. So the dealership says...

General Comments:

I will never purchase another Kia, nor will I recommend this vehicle to my worst enemy.. I am very dissatisfied with the car in the entirety.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th January, 2003

2000 Kia Sephia LS from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles

Summary:

A piece of junk

Faults:

Had to have the battery replaced.

The air bag was on constantly on, had to have the "computer" replaced.

The air conditioner fan went out, was replaced by dealer, still doesn't work.

The car keeps running out of oil.

The engine needs to be replaced, according to the dealer.

General Comments:

At least you people were able to get warranty work done on your cars! my dealer wants me to produce 5 oil change receipts before he will replace the engine on the car. it's a pretty sad day when a car with 20,000 miles on it needs a new engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th January, 2003

12th Jan 2003, 16:08

Well the point is this, if you run the engine out of oil then yes you can expect to have to have a new engine fitted. I fully understand your dealerships point of view.

26th Feb 2003, 08:58

This is why you get receipts... you are supposed to keep them... to show maintenance records for your vehicle...Duh!!!

14th Mar 2003, 10:40

I know the feeling about the oil change receipts in order for them to replace the engine. But let me tell you even though the replacement is taking place does not mean it is repaired, they replaced the small block twice within two months. June then August. They paid for my rental car the first time then even though it was manufacturers mistake. They started charging me $15.00 a day. Just last week March 6, 2003, they final put in a new Complete engine and replaced my computer. I have Hundreds of dollars wrapped up in rental car fees. Here are few more things that have happened, Corner panel replaced for peeling paint, radio replace 3 times, Passenger side window motor replaced, of course the two small blocks, one complete engines, Now my heater went out and they will not cover to have replaced. Also watch it when KIA changes your oil they put tapper seals on the oil filter fitting. To see if you have someone else changing it.

I would not suggest this vehicle to any one. The warranty does not cover everything as long as you think it does. Make sure that you read the fine print. I hate my care.

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 65 reviews