2000 Kia Sephia 1.8 Liter from North America
It's a modest car that could have easily been made better
A couple months after purchasing my used Sephia, I replaced the noisy Hankook tires (factory installed) with Goodyear Integrity tires and it is now much quieter.
The Korean brakes had to be replaced, too (these are non-anti-lock brakes).
The front seats were way too low when I bought the car; while looking underneath the seats, the springs looked like they needed to be reshaped or replaced.
The car shakes too much while going above 80 MPH. Also, my Sephia doesn't want to go above 110 MPH on flat pavement (130 MPH is the max on the speedometer).
After six months, the Korean battery failed and left me stranded one night. I replaced it with an American counterpart and - much to my surprise - the car starts and accelerates much better! It was almost as if I replaced the starter and spark plugs in one go.
All in all, it's not a bad car. Around the big city, Kia doesn't have a bad stigma that Korean cars usually have.
It looks good and has a little more leg room than its competition. I wish the wheel could swivel, though - it's either pointing too high or my seat is really messed up.
I particularly like how much easier it is to make a U-turn in my Sephia than it is with, say, the Sentra or Civic.
I just wish that Kia gave out warnings about using Korean parts. ;) Seriously, though, if you don't want to be in trouble away from home, you should at least replace your battery and tires.
Better yet, save up for a Nissan Sentra 2000. Its ride is just as sweet, if not better, and it has quality parts. If you're going to get a Kia, though, expect to have problems with it thanks to the cheap components.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th August, 2001