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1998 Kia Sephia Sedan


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Kia Sephia Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 125 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Kia Sephia

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Cheap price, and newly-improved powertrain and chassis

  • Cons

    Build quality, limited dealership network

  • What's New for 1998

    The Sephia is totally redesigned for 1998.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (25 total reviews)

Ok overall.

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Vehicle: 1998 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan

I got this car when i was 16(so almost 2 years ago) with 48k miles on it, it now has almost 78k and it has been an ok first car. the main issues i have is, the relay to the fuel pump stopped working so sometimes if it doesn't have a good connection it wont start, it just turns over, and the poor wiring job kia did! the wiring is awful! some lights only come on sometimes but overall everything else is ok. Good starter car i guess, just go easy with it!

Not too shabby!

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Vehicle: 1998 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan

Owned since new--11.5 years now. Only lightly used, but fun and peppy engine with manual (Mazda made I think.) Had brake recall and exhaust repair made under warranty. Other than that, only had to replace old battery. Some of the interior fittings are a bit too cheaply made, but if you take care of it, it will take care of you. Very inexpensive to own; costs almost nothing to insure. I have read that due to relatively high HP to weight ratio (125 HP vs 2400 lbs.) some convert this model to rally car. You could not find a less expensive platform than this one!

My favorite car

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Vehicle: 1998 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan

I love this car. It was four years old when I bought it used with 30,000 miles on it. It is now nearly 12 years old with over 75,000 miles on it and with regular maintenace has never given me any trouble. Very reliable, parked outside and always starts on cold winter mornings. Have definately gotten my moneys worth out of it, if they still made them I would buy one new!

Gas Mileage


  • 21
  • cty
  • 28
  • highway
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Full 1998 Kia Sephia Review

What's New for 1998

The Sephia is totally redesigned for 1998.

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