1997 Kia Sephia Consumer Review: A mixture of good, bad, and ug

1997 Kia Sephia - Consumer Review

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A mixture of good, bad, and ugly.
By lawyr2b on


1997 Kia Sephia RS 4dr Sedan


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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