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
The car is nothing more then a cheap disposable razor, and built like one. The cast iron engine block is to heavy for the displacement of the engine.
The car has no power up hill. the brake rotors warped all the time, braking is poor. the Manuel steering sucks.
The struts needed to be replaced at 35,000 miles.
The air flow meter broke at 40,000 miles, and cost allot. all the plastic parts break, because they were never tested. The dash board vents popped out and cracked at 50,000 miles, and the dash board rolled up at the vents. the glove box latch was made to break, the shifter linkage pipe to the transmission bent at 50,000 miles.
The seat covers started to come apart at the seams a 80,