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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 1999 Kia Sephia

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Its low price and high quality help Kia's Sephia break the trend of crappy Korean cars.

  • Cons

    Still a limited network of dealers and service centers, but Kia is growing.

  • What's New for 1999

    The Sephia was entirely redesigned in '98 and enters '99 essentially unchanged.

Full 1999 Kia Sephia Review

What's New for 1999

The Sephia was entirely redesigned in '98 and enters '99 essentially unchanged.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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This car is a lemon

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Vehicle: 1999 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan

I originally brought a 1998 Kia Sephia, that car was even worse then the 1999 it was taken back by Kia after a five month long fight with them. Let me first start with this fact, the 1998 Kia Sephia is the same as the 1999. The 1999 uses all the same parts, all the parts are dated on the 1999, 1998. Event the engine and the body of the car were made in 1998. The first problem with the care was in all of the electrical connections. A monkey with a soldering iron could have done a better job at soldering the connections. All of the electrical connections on the car needed to be re-soldered, the wiring harness needed to be replaced, The car has broke piece by piece costing more the it was worth

Cheap but surprisingly reliable

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Vehicle: 1999 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan

This has been the most basic of basic cars: no A.C., manual windows and locks, and no power steering with the manual stick. Mechanically, other than routine maintenance, very little has gone wrong with this car in 12 years and 140,000 miles. I've been through 3 starters and had to replace both the front left and front right axles (totaling about $800 for both, including labor charges). Even now, the engine is still going strong and burns little-to-no oil between changes. Given its age and mileage, I've been somewhat surprised at its reliability. Cosmetically, the interior dash has curled around the air-vents (common problem), and the paint is beginning to peel on the front bumper.

Not a bad car

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Vehicle: 1999 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan

I really don't understand why everyone has so many issues with these cars. I've had mine for four years, and it still runs and drives great. No fluid leaks. Engine is clean. I have had the problem with the rolling dash by the vents, and some of the interior plastics have taken a beating. The biggest issue I have had is with the exhaust. I have had to replace the front catalytic converter twice because of it breaking off directly below it. The second time was due to poor service by the shop I had it fixed at originally. These cars are nice little machines, if you take care of them. Run Synthetic oil and make sure you change it regularly. Maintenance cannot be passed over.

Too many flaws, cheaply made

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Vehicle: 1999 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan

I've owned one since '99. Needs too many major repairs from $300 to $600 a pop for a cheap car. Put a $600 "precat", before that cost me $300 to get the lighting system fixed. Something else was wrong and it cost me a fortune (I've since forgotten exactly what) Now the fuel system is clogged and messed up for the 2nd time. The dash warped under the hot sun. Doors freeze solid in winter. Uncomfortable back seats. I would skip Kia brands. They are poorly made and you suffer with the major repair cost. Lousy stereo/cassette system.

Worst car we have ever

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Vehicle: 1999 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan

This is the 8th vehicle we have owned in 12 years. It has been awful. OD light is on, won't shift properly, replaced battery 3 times in 2 years, needs new CV joint and fuel filter, replacing simple spark plugs took 3 hours for trained mechanic, Glove compartment won't open, dash rolls up around vents, the carpet shreds in floor board, speedometer does not work, does not track mileage accurately, wiring is messed up, air has never worked right, we have spent thousands of dollars replacing parts, and we started replacing them at 50,000 miles. I have never had so many problems. I have not even listed everything we have had to fix. Don't buy a Kia. Parts are expensive.

It's reliable despite some issues

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Vehicle: 1999 Kia Sephia LS 4dr Sedan

I purchased this car from a friend at the dealership used and so far this is the most reliable car I owned. The check engine loves to stay on no matter what you try to fix. I've had the transmission problems and all but just replaced a sensor and seems to work for now. I've had bad luck with cars but this is the best car I've ever had. It will get you from point a to point b. It's a budget car for sure. You get what you pay for. Cheap body as well wouldn't hold up in a crash

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Gas Mileage


  • 21
  • cty
  • 28
  • highway
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