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.
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