1997 Kia Sephia Consumer Review: good value, nagging problems

1997 Kia Sephia - Consumer Review

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RS Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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good value, nagging problems
By spudpapa on


1997 Kia Sephia RS 4dr Sedan


developed idling problem while under
warranty. When idling, it goes between
not enough and too much gas-runs fine
when moving, but dies at stop. I
increase idle speed to keep from dying.
the prob lasts few days-then goes away
a month-then back, etc. Dealer
replaced sensor 3 diff. times but only
lasted a few days, so I gave up. I
mostly put up with it. its a pleasure
to drive, handles well in mountains,
snow, curves, etc. It's now got over
150,000 miles, and still running
strong. no unexpected maintenance
(except Idle prob) never not started
or left me stranded. Interior shows
wear, but good for miles and use.
Certainly got my $7500 worth.

Best Features

Value, accelleration, handling, reliable transportation

Worst Features

cup holders broke, local dealer doesn't know how to fix (also sells Toyota and VW, and his people just don't know the Kia)
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