Speedometer and odometer stopped working twice. Apparent electrical problem.
Alternator and battery required replacement at 28,000 miles.
Radio needed to be replaced at 25,000 miles.
The mechanism that allows the drivers seat to move forward often becomes jammed and I need to fuss with it to get the seat to move. This is frustrating.
The check engine light occasionally comes on for no reason. I have taken the car to the dealer to have the car looked at for problems. Each time the dealer has corrected the light. The dealer said to be worried if the light starts blinking, otherwise it's nothing. I hate those 'just kidding' mechanical reminders. The light hasn't come on since the last time it was fixed (at 25,000 miles).
Seating can become uncomfortable on trips longer than a few hours.
Car handles reasonably well and is fun to drive.
I love the manual transmission and have had no problems with it.
The interior has worn well and I have been surprised at the quality of the interior cloth. The Sephia doesn't have the cheap quality interior cloth and plastic feel I have observed in other cars in the same car class.
Front visors are cheap and it would be nice if there were a vanity mirror attached to the passengers side visor.
Acceleration is sufficient for a small engine.
The engine whines and strains if driven over 65 MPH (expected from a small engine).
During drives longer than an hour, if the air conditioner us being used, steam vapors emit from the vents.
The doors are heavy for this class of car. They don't have a light and cheap feel, like other economy cars.
The trunk is huge for this size car.
The Sephia is a great car to use for work, errands and carting kids around. It's very functional.
I will be moving into a larger car in a year. It's getting difficult to fit four girls into it comfortably anymore (two teenagers, a toddler in a car seat and an eight year old).
The Sephia is great value for the money and I would recommend it to anyone who isn't looking for the bells and whistles of an expensive car.
The bumper to bumper warranty cannot be beat. I purchased the car knowing it wasn't a high-end model and was expecting problems (you get what you pay for). Considering the unbeatable warranty and overall cost of the car there is no reason to get upset about something that goes wrong. If the extended warranty is purchased (with the base price of this model being so inexpensive there is no reason why you shouldn't buy it) there should be no worries.
Overall, if you are willing to deal with some potential problems and spend very little for a great looking new car then the Sephia is for you.