Bought our Kia Sephia LS brand new back in 1998. In the last seven years we have not had even a single problem with this car. That's right, not a problem one. Almost everything is still original parts; only new tires, filters, wipers, and oil. The car is reasonably comfortable and powerful enough for a four cylinder engine. This car has truly been great. That it was cheaper than everything else has just been the icing on the cake. It probably doesn't matter anymore, but after reading some of the negative comments, I figured I ought to share our completely positive experience.
Quality, reliability, high gas mileage, design qualities have held up extremely well, still looks fresh.
Seats are probably more designed for women than men, i.e. shorter individuals, but they are still comfortable on long drives with a stop or two on the way.
I must say I concur with 75% of what people have said about the Sephia LS. Not even with 25 miles on my newly bought car back in '98 my engine fuse busted and luckily a mechanic walked by and temporarily replaced my busted fuse with a windshield fuse to last me until I got to the dealership that same day. Since then the L.A. heat swelled up my front dashboard so that it's curling up and out of the AC vents. Then my gas gauge broke and I haven't bothered fixing it because it costs a lot of money to open up my car and tighten the screw. But after 7 years and +81K miles I NEVER worry that my engine won't start in the mornings. I'm purchasing another car though, but I know my mom can depend on Kia.
Solid engine. CD player comes standard. Power windows and locks have NEVER broken. Solid glass window; after 7 years of driving this car only recently had very tiny cracks from natural freeway debris. For what you pay, you TRULY get your money's worth. Strong spoiler. Very comfortable, cushy seats.
TOO many recalls. Cheap exterior metal, easily dents. Car makes high pitched noise when driving 75 MPH. Cheap paint job. Paint started chipping within 1-2 years. Fix the aerodynamics of the car so that it doesn't make high pitched noise when going at speed. Cheap plastic interior.
I have had my Kia for 8 years since I bought it new in 1998. It has been a great reliable car that is fun to drive, even in not so great weather conditions. I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a good car at a great price. This car has taken me up and down the east coast several times and I have only had trouble with it last year when I had some problems with the fuel injection. Had no problems before or since.
Reliability, fun to drive. The car has a lot of interior room and I like the wide view you get out of the windows. There is not much to obstruct your view, not many blind spots. My car has over 120,000 miles on it and I'd expect it to last even a couple more years.
The interior started to go down hill after a while. The molding and the dials for the air conditioning were the main problems. Other than that, it has been great.
The car started breaking down right
away. Breaks down every couple of
months. The parts are expensive and
can only be bought from the dealer. 4
different mechanics told us that the
Kia parts are cheaply made and break
often. 1 mechanic advised us to buy
another car rather than continue to
fix the Kia with parts that are so
poorly made by the company. We
contacted the customer relations
department at Kia, and they told us it
was the dealers problem. They did not
have to deal with issues concerning
poorly made cars or parts. The car is
unrelaible, poorly made, uncomfortable
to drive, and expensive to repair the
many many problems.
This car is designed to break down so
the company can make money on the over
priced parts they sell.