2000 Kia Sephia 1.8 DOHC from North America


Not bad for under 10k


Several things have gone wrong with the car:

1) A/C compressor replaced at 6000 miles

2) Radio replaced

3) Water Pump at 10K

4) Belts also replaced with water pump

5) Thermostat (car was always running cold)

General Comments:

I love my Kia. It has given me some problems, but most of the stuff they replaced I didn't even complain about. Hey, as long as I am not paying for the repairs, why not!

The car gets great gas mileage and I got it for a really good price. I must say that the dealer service is also very good. Freehold KIA is more than happy to fix any problems I have.

All in all it is no Acura or Nissan, but you are also not paying the price tag for one so if you are looking for a car that is excellent on gas and is fairly reliable, Kia is the way to go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2002

2000 Kia Sephia LS from North America


A cheaply manufactured piece of junk


The molding on the door fell off twice within the first six months.

The master cylinder started leaking at 20,000 miles and had to be replaced.

The brakes squeak.

The lock on the back seat passenger side broke at 2,000 miles.

The car does not switch into reverse easily.

General Comments:

The only thing going for this car is its looks.

It is very poorly made.

It's simply a case where you get what you pay for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th August, 2001

2000 Kia Sephia Base 1.8 liter DOHC inline 4 from North America


Overall a good car which Kia probably would have built better if they were financially inclined to


Cigarette lighter socket would come out of the console. After the service dept blamed this on my cell phone charger, they made adjustments which have proved so far to be mediocre.

Interior cabin light switch simply fell off (replaced).

Rear passenger door moldings rub against the front doors when opened, I have complained to the service people three times and have yet to have the flaw corrected.

Hancook tires were completely worn out by 24,000 miles, not covered under the warranty.

Horn has been working intermittently for four months, I just took the car back to the dealer to notify them, they ordered a new horn switch today.

The latch for the compartment between the front seats broke, compartment lid was replaced.

Brake pads will soon need replaced, they are starting to squeal and cause mild pulsation at the brake pedal and steering wheel. Dealer says they are a "wear item", and were only covered for twelve thousand miles.

Front passenger door seal has been continually peeling off of door, a new seal was ordered today.

Rear carpeting is wearing and pulling away from where the edges should have been tucked better. I still need to notify the dealer of this.

Occasionally the factory radio cuts out for a second when I hit a substantial pot hole or bump in a road. I still need to notify the dealer of this.

Sun visor was left down on a recent hot summer day (very hot, all day). When I got in the car for work the next morning the plastic cover on the visor was somewhat disfigured. I still need to notify the dealer of this.

General Comments:

The purchase price (September 2000), was great with the rebate, only 10,800 including California sales tax and registration.

The car has decent get up and go for what I paid.

Overall fuel economy is fairly impressive even with the A.C. on and my lead foot on the pedal.

The car handles great, especially since I invested $360.00 on new tires after the factory ones wore out.

Reasonably accomodates four adults with relative comfort for a economy car.

A.C. takes a while to adequately reach the rear passengers on a hot day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th August, 2001

1st Sep 2001, 00:38

I totally agree with you. My mom bought me a Kia Sephia for my 16th birthday. It has caused more problems than what it has done good. The Kia workers are a pain to deal with and mark everything off as "normal" or "nothing wrong at this time". My mouldings also rub against the front doors and make ugly black marks on them. Along with my A. C taking FOREVER my rear defroster also takes over 25 minutes to clear the back window. If my mom had it to do all over again she would not go back to Kia and as for me, I will never buy there again. I am just glad to know that I am not the only one receiving this kind of negligence.