1999 Kia Sephia Consumer Review: Cheap car, Good value

1999 Kia Sephia - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

37 Total Reviews

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

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Cheap car, Good value
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1999 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan


For the money spent on this car, it's worth every penny. It indeed is a "cheap" car. Manual tranny replaced at 33k although the stick shifts nicely. Door rubber seal fell off at 30k, center box lock broken. Leatherette tranny cover ages and cracks. Seats too low for short driver. Body is easy to scratch and dent. Paint fell off from passenger side mirror base. Front light is weak. Fancy back lights. Trunk spare tire cover (paper) bends down. No power steering is a pain at parking lot and for parallel parking. A/C is always strong as new. A lot of noise on highway. Overall it's an economical car for a student. Would last long if taken good care of.

Best Features

Like the stick shift feeling. Strong A/C, inexpensive, great gas mileage 24/31.

Worst Features

Add power steering, parts too expensive, better steel for the body. Better quality for the interior plastic. Reduce engine noise.
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