1998 Kia Sephia Consumer Review: do not buy a 98 sephia

1998 Kia Sephia - Consumer Review

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

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do not buy a 98 sephia
By joe someguy on


1998 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan


I have had this Kia Sephia since 1998 when I got it brand new. What convinced me was the cheap price but two days after I got it the a/c stopped working. And ever since then it has been nothing but new transmissions, dashboards, etc. Now we're having problems with the transmission again, the engine is failing, the brake fluid disappears, the turning pinions rattle, the paint is chipping and the air conditioning broke again.

Best Features

None. It's a horrible car. I'm never getting a Kia again. And I heard about a guy whose radio caught on fire in a '97 Sephia.

Worst Features

I'm grateful they stopped making it and I wonder if the Spectra and Rio are just as bad.
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