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Kia Sephia Model Overview

Kia Sephia Questions

Joe E. Holden

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 1.8 Check Engine Light Goes Off And On Through Out Periods ...


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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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Denise Vandemarr

Car Won't Start. Just Clicks, Doesn't Turn Over, Dash Lights Are On But Doe...

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Older Kia Sephia

1999 Kia Sephia Overview
1999 Kia Sephia
18 pictures
1999 Kia Sephia reviews:
2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars
1998 Kia Sephia Overview
1998 Kia Sephia
8 pictures
1998 Kia Sephia reviews:
3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars
1997 Kia Sephia Overview
1997 Kia Sephia
24 pictures
1997 Kia Sephia reviews:
4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars
1996 Kia Sephia Overview
1996 Kia Sephia
8 pictures
1996 Kia Sephia reviews:
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
1995 Kia Sephia Overview
1995 Kia Sephia
5 pictures
1995 Kia Sephia reviews:
2.3 out of 5 stars2.3 out of 5 stars2.3 out of 5 stars2.3 out of 5 stars2.3 out of 5 stars
1994 Kia Sephia Overview
1994 Kia Sephia
4 pictures

About the Kia Sephia

The Sephia is notable for being the first car sold under the Kia name in the U.S.  The number two Korean automaker used a brilliant marketing campaign, introducing the Sephia in 1994 one region at a time in the western U.S. and gradually expanding across the nation, gaining word of mouth along the way.  The Kia Sephia was a compact economy car, sold at a very low price point to attract first-time buyers or families on a budget.
The Sephia came initially as a sedan with a 1.5 or 1.6-liter engine and not much horsepower or standard features.  Three trim levels were available, but power features were only offered on the highest one and air conditioning was optional on all.  But the Sephia's intent was to be a cheap mode of transport and not a home away from home.
Through its eight-year history, the Sephia made upgrades, expanding the interior room, adding a bigger 1.8-liter, 220-hp engine, and making air conditioning standard on this top-end trim.  Rear seats split 60/40 to allow more cargo room in the tiny car.  The Sephia did come with good safety features, however, something Kia has always emphasized.  
It unfortunately suffered from many reliability problems, and many owners found they were spending more time and money on repairs than they actually spent for the car.  Kia did its best to improve on the compact sedan, and later models proved safer and better outfitted.  The Sephia was retired after 2001, to be replaced by the Spectra.