When I first got this kia in about 2007, I didn't expect much from it. I wanted a reliable car but had no idea just how reliable this kia would be. I have given it regular oil changes , replaced the headlights.. I think i did the timing a few years back. It is great on gas and has been wonderful on long road trips. It currently has 207,000 miles on it and I think a rear break needs to be replaced. and a power window on the passenger side doesn't always roll down, but it is really a great car!!
I have nothing to say but good things about my KIA Sephia 2001. Got the car at 42 000 miles for $3,100 and sold it at 134 000 miles. I owned it for 8 years and during this time there was manor repairs/maintenance - alternator, break pump, rotors, breaks, spark, plugs, ext. However the car is dependable and just kept going without major issues. Very economical on gas. It was basic, manual transmission, locks and windows, but that never bother me. Overall, best value for the $, would recommended for anyone who values dependable and economical over convince.
the manual is great for driving in the snow, since you can use a lower gear to control your speed
ac and heat is amazing, car warms in no time
29 - 31 mpg
seats fold for extended space
fits into any parking space
sound system pretty good
head lights not the best cover
not the best on high speeds, but that to be expected for the price range
ac affects a little the performance, never bothered me
some rust on the lower body after 9 years of manufacturing, but that's to be expected for older car
I bought this car used for $800 with over 200k miles on the odometer, a wreck in the near past and work to be done in the near future. I knew it wasn't a great car, but I needed a carI was broke. Well over a year later, this little thing is coming up on 250k miles and until today I had no major work done on it. I replaced an alternator belt a couple months ago and that was it. The bill today was $660a price I would normally never consider on a car I bought for $800. But this car just takes a beating and keeps on going! I'm awful about maintaining my vehicles and I hate to spend money on them, and yet this little car has never faltered. As long as you know it's not a BMW, you'll be happy!
Pretty roomy. Starts like a dream even in our cold Minnesota winters, even when it's been literally -20°F, I haven't had to jump it or wait for it to heat up. Just ridiculous for such a cheap car.
The front door latches are awful, especially in the winter. From what I can tell, the windows have a rubber sleeve that guides them into the door on their way down, and that rubber sleeve ends right above the latch, causing it to rust out when you get rain or melted snow in there.
And then in the winter, that water will get onto the latch and freeze it shut, or, even worse, freeze the latch as soon as you open the door, so you can't close it. Not fun, but it's my only complaint, and considering what I paid...
I purchased this car 4 years ago at 38000 now it has 114k. Have to replace spark plugs & wires often, door freezes in cold weather. Also replaced battery, brakes, belts, both front axles. I have alot of common issues as others on the reviews. Its a cheap car & you get what you pay for. I got it manual & it seems like automatic's are having engine trouble, currently my signals do not work. So I am waiting for the next thing not to work. But despite the car issues its an okay car to have but i will not buy another one.
Worked good for the first two years i had it.
Quality of body, easily damaged exterior, improve quality of parts.
Make them tougher.
I got this car brand new for around $11k. I have had to replace the starter twice in the 10 yrs I've had it. It also KILLS brakes. I've had to have the rear brakes completely redone twice. The front brakes always squeek. The EBrake needs constant adjusting and interferes with the function of the rear brakes. The door handle drive side busted off after I tried to get out when it was freezing outside. The door won't shut when it's freezing out even after running the defrost for 20 mins. It's extremely thin body allows a ton of air and road noise, especially on the freeway.. it is really scary driving at high speeds. It doesn't handle very well and constantly needs alignment.