2001 Kia Sephia Consumer Review: Nightmare on Kia Street

2001 Kia Sephia - Consumer Review

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

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Nightmare on Kia Street
By IHateKia on


2001 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


This has to be the worst vehicle ever created. My transmission was replaced at 15,000 miles. The brakes squeak all the time. The rotors were ruined quickly. I've had it towed an average of 3 times per year. All 3 KIA dealerships could not fix recurring problems. There was a popping noise on the driver's side that no one could diagnose. The tires had to be replaced within 20,000 miles. The car metal is so weak that it looked like someone beat the side of it with a bat (door dings). Everyone says it has a good warranty, but it won't cover all the problems you face. Plus, you won't get a free rental car when you car is constantly in the shop. It was totaled by a few minutes of hail.

Best Features

Good gas mileage, cheap (you get what you pay for!).

Worst Features

Everything on the car needs to be improved! Don't fall for the "excellent" warranty. You will be disappointed.
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