Cheap little sporty sedan
By colbywan on
1996 Kia Sephia LS 4dr Sedan
Took a gamble when my '83 Accord gave
up in late '96 and bought a Sephia LS.
With the exception of a "Check Engine"
light at 6,000 miles, it has been
trouble-free, reliable and sporty
transportation ever since. It performs
just as well now with over 160,000
miles on the clock as it did when it
was new, the paint still looks nice,
and the styling is not yet obsolete.
For what I paid ($12K), I feel I got a
lot of bang for the buck.
The powertrain is wonderful: Mazda 1.8L
DOHC 4-cylinder @ 122 horsepower mated
with 4-speed electronically-controlled
automatic. Able to smoke more
expensive competitors from Toyota and
Honda if necessary.
Brakes have a short useful life and
need frequent fixing; dashboard is a
piece of crap--most of vinyl covering
on it simply peeled off (now covered by
a DashMat); fuel economy not so good