25th Nov 2002, 22:40

I've had my 96 KIA since August of 02, so I've only had it for a few months the wheel bearings have already gone bad ($180),now it needs a new gear shift, and the check engine light is on.

12th May 2004, 17:32

My Kia hasn't really given me any problems, but there are a bunch of people that are having problems with their Kia. I just know that I'm never buying a another Kia . I wouldn't trust them.

14th Jul 2004, 14:23

I've got my KIA Sephia like a year a half ago and I really didn't have any big problems with it.. Like 3 months ago I put a turbocharger to it that I've got from a saab 9000 and its running so nice at 6.5 psi..

But I agree with you guys that the parts are expensive and have to be ordered.

Anyways is a cool car... have fun with it!!

I have a Sephia 96 RS with 76000 miles.

27th Jul 2004, 21:44

Yes,I have had my kia for about 6 months. It already has had several problems and no real value when you go to try trade it in. I will never buy a kia again. I am already having to replace the alternator the air the battery and the dash board. I think no-one needs to ever buy a kia, they are very badly bad cars.

21st Mar 2006, 11:04

My 1996 Kia now has 99,800 Miles. It has gotten me many places, but we have put too much money into this car. In the past 5 months, we have spent over $1,000 in repairs. I got it in the fall of 2000. The next Spring, the dash began to curl. My dad's solution was to take a sharp knife and cut it off. It now has a dash mat to cover up the ugliness. The check engine light has come on for no reason at all, (And I've taken it in to check.) I've had to replace axles 3 times in 4 years. Last year, the motor mount needed replacing. I had to repair a hole in the exhaust pipe, replace the windshield 3 times, and who knows how many belts. The belts always get loose and the car will squeal when it's cold or if the air/heater is on before the car is warmed up. The battery dies regularly, I think I have had 3 or 4 and it's currently dead. If it's not driven for more than a couple days, it will be dead when I try starting it. I don't recommend buying a Kia. They're a money pit!

17th Jun 2010, 17:53

I've had my 96 Kia Sephia RS for almost seven years. I must say, it's a pretty good car.

I had to replace the alternator twice, my dashboard has a crack in it, I had to replace my exhaust, CV joints on both sides, both O2 sensors, and the battery twice.

However, those things were replaced within a seven year period.

I had a Daewoo Leganza at the same time as my Kia, and I got rid of the Daewoo. The Daewoo was five years newer, but had twice as many problems. Kia's aren't expensive cars, at least mine wasn't, and I guess you get what you pay for. I'm just glad that my Kia's repairs come every few years.