I have made some modifications to my 2000 Sephia and I am fairly happy with the outcome. The car is a little sluggish in 1st gear - but after that it's gone. I would like for it to be a little quicker. And it is very hard to find after-market products for Kias, most of it has to be custom made. Other than that I am very pleased with its performance.
The car could use a little bit more room
in the back because no one can sit behind the driver's seat when I'm driving.
Considering everything, I can say that this is a great car.
I would also like to add that I don't think Kia's have the recognition they they should in the world of imports. Everyone I tell about my car are like, you must be kidding, a Kia, don't even bother with it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th May, 2001
25th Jun 2003, 20:15
Lady, so far you have been blessed. Don't keep your hopes up though. The car is a peice of crap. It won't be long for you and I promise you will change you mind set on this.
19th Aug 2004, 22:11
This is a great car people, I have no trouble with mine!
12th Oct 2005, 22:32
From about 2001 and on with Kia products like the Optima has been improving their quality so much that today in 2005 they are setting sales gains all over the world and receiving deserved praise by reviewers and owners. I own a 2002 Optima and it is the best car I have owned and I have owned Toyotas mostly and a few crappy American cars. I will be buying another Kia Optima in 2006.
2000 Kia Sephia LX 1.8 liter from North America
They must have got the parts from a junk yard with all these problems
All seats have blemishes on them.
Glove box has spots on it.
Trunk liner does not fit right.
Back door moldings hit the front doors when you open the back doors, the back doors are bent where they hit.
O.D. transmission went out @ 4500 miles.
Turn signal switch went out twice, once @ 22 miles and once @ 4600 miles.
Windshield wipers are bad since the day we bought the car.
The muffler pipe seams split, around 2000 miles.
Back door window solenoid went out @ 4600 miles.
I have had so many problems with the Kia I had to call the B.B.B. to get some attition from Kia, but that really didn't work because they still won't fix the doors and no one at Kia will return my phone calls.
The guy's at the service department say that 9 out of 10 Kia Sephia's have these problems and the owners don't know.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th March, 2001
20th Apr 2001, 12:03
I guess we are all having the same problems. I will never recommend or buy another kia. Windshield wipers went, My whole exhaust was rotted by 15000 miles, my starter went, the doors falling apart, the glove box falls off, spark plug wires are faulty two times, tires went in 8000 miles and so much more on this 98 kia.