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1997 Kia Sephia Sedan

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My Work Car, the 97 Sephia R.S.
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By A. Cook
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1997 Kia Sephia Sedan RS 4dr Sedan


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This car, for what it cost me and for
the way it was designed , wasnt a bad
buy.It is easy on gas and tires. The
front wheel drive is a god send in the
snow and ice. I have had some
problems with a sensor going out .
Expensive sensor, 310 $ plus labor !
The local dealer wasnt real helpful
fixing it and i had to take it to an
independent shop. They had it
diagnosed in 45 minutes, whereas the
dealer couldnt or wouldnt tell me what
was wrong with it in 3 seperate trips.
Go figure that !


Best Features

Fuel Economy pretty good. Zippy engine for its size. You are going 85 on the freeway before you know it. The wheel alignment seems stable and the tires wear evenly. Pretty reliable even when some of the sensor, computer glitches occured. I wasnt stranded anywhere.


Worst Features

The improvements have been made in subsequent years, newer models etc. I am currently looking in to the Sorrento SUV to buy this year sometime. I think when KIA teamed up with Hyundai consumers


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reliable transportation
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By Mbrown602
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1997 Kia Sephia Sedan LS 4dr Sedan


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I know these Kias have gotten a bad
rap, but my has been very reliable
since I bought it new 7 years ago. When
it was still under warranty I had the
typical brake problems but then Kia
came out with better brake pads and
that was it. I have taken this on
numerous trips and do a lot of driving
for my job and it never lets me down.


Best Features

reliability, still good engine power after 100 plus miles.


Worst Features

cup holders could be in better place than in center console, better build too because dashboard's coming apart, radio needs to work in hot weather


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A mixture of good, bad, and ugly.
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By lawyr2b
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1997 Kia Sephia Sedan RS 4dr Sedan


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No major breakdowns; overall high
reliability but at 70k miles, it is
starting to fall apart at the seams!
The interior build quality is absolute
crap and the interior materials are
highly substandard. My dashboard is
BURNED from the sun and severely
warped (has completely come unglued
from the windshield side and has a
huge warped bulge). Repeated brake
problems that still have not been
adequately remedied after taking the
car in more than 10 times for service
on this problem alone! The air
conditioner has been completely out
since about a month after the warranty
covering it expired (go figure).


Best Features

The engine and transmission have been (except for the spark plug wire problem) flawless and reliable. Great power for this size car!!!!


Worst Features

My god, Kia, PLEASE build a car that can withstand normal UV radiation without completely warping the interior vynil; how did the brake problem ever make it into production? Why have you never fixed it? Can you say massive products liability?!


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The reason for aspirin invention.
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By Rs driver
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1997 Kia Sephia Sedan RS 4dr Sedan


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I bought this let's call it a car April
5 01. After a week something went wrong
and the *Check Engine* sign came up. It
is still there.After two months the
left rear tire blew up. I changed the
whole set of tires. And then I don't
remember when but the car started dying
on the road. When I make right or left
turn, it makes an annoying noise. I had
my good times and bad times with this
car. I live in Denver Colorado. One day
driving to the mountains I raced a ford
escourt and I passed him like a bullet.
The car runs good but too many engine
problems.


Best Features

It runs much faster than the Ford Probe I hade. I also beat a friend of mine in racing who drives a 98 Hyundai Elentra.


Worst Features

A new reliable computer system.


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better than what has been described
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By TWKEEL
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1997 Kia Sephia Sedan RS 4dr Sedan


Review

Initially I had some "kinks" that had
to be worked out of my Kia. But after
rectifying a repetitive brake problem
and replacing a set of spark plug wires
(that for some reason the dealerships
never checked when the car would
shutter and die) my lil blue meanie( I
have a blue Kia) has been a very
reliable vehicle. I have taken it
cross country a number of times and am
now well passed 100K. I am sure if I
kept this car it would zip along for at
least another 50-100K miles.


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