by Driven 25,000km,148K on Jan 17, 2010 Vehicle: 1996 Kia Sephia
Excellent car for a late 1990's model. 1996 received excellent reviews (looking online). This vehicle is well built, repairs are inexpensive (in Korea), the built is solid. For $320 I bought a vehicle driven 25,000km over the past 1.5 hours without a breakdown. Quality build tested on rough Korean roads intercity and highway driving. Weakness: curling dashboard, radio electronic problems, replaced drive shaft, ball joints, front brakes, master clutch cylinder, 1 front strut, 4 (new) recycled new tires ($80!). Very dependable and a little hard to get rid of really. Save money, this is a good one if mechanically maintained. Thx.
by Greatfoo on May 15, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 Kia Sephia
The car has proven to be dependable
with limited problems. Fuel cell or
computerized fuel system has to be
repaired as did the hydraulic clutch.
Next will be the timing belt.
It has been a very good car and has
needed only basic maintenance and
by lemichaelj on May 15, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Kia Sephia
I own 2 Kia Sephia's they both are
good cars one a 95' and one a 96'
almost the same except one is a stick
shift, only problem with them that I
see on all kia's is the axle shafts
only last about 75000 miles hard to
find parts for these jokers too, but
they are relativly good cars for the
value, I have had no major mechanical
problems with either one of mine, the
95 Air went out just a month ago and
is expensive to replace car isn't
worth it. but drives like a champ,
like I said just hard to get parts for
them but if you search hard enough you
can find them.
by Louis E. Niedermeier on Feb 22, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Kia Sephia
I haven't had too many problems with
the Kia Saphia other than the engine
light tends to go on if you accelerate
too fast with it... I have beaten a
Ford Mustang with it, Acura Integras,
Honda Accords, and Honda Civics. Now if
you don't think thats all that great,
well, the car is all stock. If you buy
one of these im sure you will be
by Eladio on Jan 14, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Kia Sephia
Well at first i had some problems but
i decided that i wanted to street race
in this car so i rebuild my motor with
some performance parts and it has
worked out great. I put aluminium
pistons with aluminium rings, the block
was cut by 20 plus some more
modifications, right now it did about a
15.1 on the 1/4 so its pretty good.
by colbywan on Jan 1, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Kia Sephia
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.
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