2001 Kia Sephia Overview


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Kia Sephia by Karim
 — first preformance:- a) acceleration is gr8 cause its very light so it accelerates very quickly b)brakes and handling are ok but a lil weak,its hard to control the car over 180km/h second build q... Read More
Good And Relatively Cheap by mvir9
 — My Kia Sephia has held up well over the last 8 years. Given its relative cheapness, it is sizable enough for my very tall husband, myself and my two teen daughters. As much as I've driven the poor thi... Read More
Ok But Certainly Not The Best by Stephan
 — Not a bad vehicle to own....OK to drive....economical enough....enough space...has all the creature comforts.....electric windows, airconditioner, radio and CD player.....a very average car by anyones... Read More

2001 Kia Sephia Overview

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2001 Kia Sephia

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye...Just like that catchy tune Kia now uses in its TV ads, the Kia Sephia hung around for a long time, generating almost the same amount of annoyance as that relentless ditty.  But the 2001 Kia Sephia represents the compact sedan's swan song, making way for the new Kia Spectra.  Even so, the 2001 Sephia gets a few improvements this year, including dual vanity mirrors, a coin compartment, a gas cap tether, and Kia's new 10-year/100,000 powertrain warranty.  Also new are child seat anchors.

The Sephia was Kia's first U.S. car marketed under the Kia name and has been around since 1994.  An overhaul in 1998 improved power and performance slightly, and the 2001 Sephia features a 1.8-liter, 125-hp DOHC I4 engine with standard 5-speed manual transmission.  A 4-speed auto tran is optional.  With 108 lb-ft of torque at low speeds, the engine is pleasantly energetic for city driving.  Available in both base and LS models, the 2001 Sephia is minimally equipped with power steering, cassette player, and dual front airbags.  The LS adds tilt steering and folding rear seats, but also comes with an optional Power Pack that adds power windows, locks, and mirrors, cruise control, and a tachometer.  Optional ABS brakes are only offered on the LS, as is a CD player, alloy wheels, and wood trim.  A rear spoiler can be added to both base and LS Sephias for a sportier look.

Budget, budget budget is the 2001 Sephia's buzzword.  Intended for economy drivers, the Sephia combines a low sticker price with high fuel economy and nimble handling that make it ideal for city commutes.  Drivers complain that acceleration at high speeds is sluggish and noisy, particularly with the A/C on.  They like that the Sephia is so roomy inside for front passengers.  Negatives about the Sephia include a cheap, easily dinged plastic interior, an exterior that shows wear and tear, and significant repair problems that almost cancel out the cheap initial price tag.  Early failures on the transmission, brakes, and tires are the most common problems.  Owners warn that the warranty does not cover as much as you think.


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What Causes Hesitation On Acceleration In A 2001 Kia Sephia? I Had The Con...

When I accelerate after shifting to next gear sometimes, the car will seem like it hesitates briefly. When the check engine light was on, I got it checked and it was the converters. I had the lower...

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I Have A 2001 Kia Sephia And The Other Day I Was Driving And When I Came To...

I don't know if it was the battery the lights where still on but the guy that stop to help said whatever the cables are called to hold the battery said my left positive something was broken on my...

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2001 Kia Sephia Bad Transmission?

My 2001 Kia Sephia, with 158+k miles, barely moves-in drive or reverse- and makes horrible screeching sounds, no matter how much I hit the gas. The check engine light was on, so I knew there were pr...

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Ok this is a long story but it will describe EVERYTHING. Let's see how smart you are. My car is a 2001 Kia Sephia 5 speed manual fuel injected. I bought it used from a friend. The check engine ...

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