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1998 Kia Sephia LSReview
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Cheap Car For A High School Or College Student. Reliable But Flimsy And Cheaply Built. —

The Sephia was the first car Kia brought to the US. The 1998 model I owned was the second generation, which is slightly better looking and has a revised interior and engine. My car was VERY used; in fact, I got it for free with a blown engine and had to install one from a wrecking yard. I drove this car during college and it served me well. The car was extremely reliable in terms of mechanical parts, but the interior was made of very cheap material and nearly everything was broken or rattled. I had to replace the driver's window motor a couple of times. I also had trouble with the fuel tank not venting properly, causing it to be hard to fill up with gas. I had the LS model which includes power mirrors and a few extra features, but it had the 5-speed manual transmission, which I prefer. The engine had decent power considering the car's light weight, and the manual helped to deliver the power better. Fuel economy around 55 mph was excellent, but the short gearing made 70 mph driving a strain (4000 rpm in 5th gear). The car is small, so backseat and trunk space is at a premium, but I was able to carry a good amount (when moving from place to place) with careful packing. The car came to its demise when I got into an accident with it, which also proved that the construction of the exterior is just as flimsy as the inside. The car was badly damaged even at the low speed of my collision, and the airbag failed to deploy. Overall, not a very safe vehicle.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Peppy w/ manual trans (short gearing), LS has decent features for the segment, exterior styling is not bad, very reliable, great fuel economy around town

Cons: Extremely cheap material and construction quality in interior, flimsy exterior, not safe in collision, poor handling, manual transmission gearing not good at interstate highway speed

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1998 Kia Sephia LSReview
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Entry Level Performance With Potential For Much More For Not Alot Of $$$ — i like the origilal car with the work ive done. plenty of performance now. handles great now with my suspension and wheel and tire package. interior. what interior? as good as a 4 door can look. ill make it look better. plenty of fun...now

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: what ive done

Cons: age

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1998 Kia Sephia LSReview
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Chic-ie — I like this because it was the car that gave me my first speeding ticket. It was also a 5-speed with no power steering :( No anything power for that matter. But it was a good drifting car. From what i remember

Pros: There is nothing great about this car

Cons: Just avvoid this car

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I Totally Love My Sephia, She Is A Wonder Car!!! — I purchased this car in 2000, used with only 8000 miles on it.. and for only $3000.. I have only ever had to do routine maintenance on this vehicle. I very much enjoyed driving this car cross country(to Louisiana and Texas) several times. It also has one of the better body styles of all small/medium sedans around. I would recommend this vehicle a thousand times over...

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: great mpg, lots of get up and get there now, durable, and easy on the eyes!!!

Cons: not one negative

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1998 Kia Sephia SedanReview
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Kia — you all know why i dont like this car.... it sucks.. we all know that.. the repairs that it needs are up to now the newly added one and it just doesnt stop at all it sucks sooo much!! omg

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: speakers

Cons: everything else

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1998 Kia Sephia LSReview
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Piece Of Crap — looks like a roach and feels like a tin can. performance wasnt bad but wasnt any good either. cost of ownership....not worth what i paid for it. definatly not fun at all to drive especially if it is automatic

Pros: nothing

Cons: everything

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1998 Kia Sephia LSReview
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Love This Car — i bought mine for 300.00 used 2 years ago all iv done to it is general maintence replaced the timing belt and it runs like a sewing machine best 300.00 car ive ever owned.,only problem no room to work under the hood

Pros: low maintence cost.fairly easy to work on

Cons: no room under the hood everything is compact

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1998 Kia Sephia LSReview
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Kia Sephia — the one i drove has a good amount of power to be a front wheel drive car, it was a straight drive and gets about 35 miles to the gallon and so i think its a fun to drive car

Pros: fun to drive

Cons: none

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1998 Kia Sephia LSReview
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Middle Of The Road — Performance - it's not impressive, but not appalling either. Could use a bit more power, though. Breaking is average and the handling is surprisingly responsive and firm. Build Quality - face it: it's a cheap car so you get what you pay for. Plastic all over and bland upholstery. A bit of rattling here and there and not enough exterior sound proofing. Appearance: not the best looking of the bunch but I've definitely seen uglier cars. Cost: not bad, actually. Maintenance is not too expensive and with a bit of hyper-miling (coasting mainly) I've gotten up to 27 mpg. Expect an average of 21-23, though. Fun factor: like I mentioned before, the handling is one of the highlights of its performance. Of course, it's not as good as driving a VW. The steering doesn't feel week and it's quite responsive and agile. The turning ratio is pretty good which makes it easy to maneuver in tight spots.

Pros: Cost of ownership, handling.

Cons: Cheap feel, not enough power.

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1998 Kia Sephia LSReview
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One Beater Of A Car — The car has no power at all, and when the AC is on you better not expect to pass anybody. I am getting around 23 MPG with it around town, but I can't help that. The car is very easy to control, making for some awsome cornering and "dime" turns.

Pros: Great control, fun to drive.

Cons: The horrid lack of power.

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Reviews From Other Years

2001 Kia Sephia Reviews

I Like By Mohamad

no good acceleration but it is good after all and cargo capacity is low handling is good up to 140 km / hr it is good looking it is a fun car to drive nice having it in my front door Read More

It's Really Good ! By Mahmoud

I like the engine of my car and its sound too :)...i also like the suspension system &the handling...it's really fun to drive...it looks good but needs a little repair...it also doesn't eat too much ... Read More

2000 Kia Sephia Reviews

Good Car For A Great Price By Kia2000

For this price it is hard to find a reliable car like this. It is not the best looking car on the market, but it takes you wherever you want to. Fuel economy is great, extremely low maintenance costs.... Read More

Great Warranty, Lowcostmaintenance By purplepaco

Too small, but well worth mpg ratings and low cost to maintain. Easy to maintain, parts easy to get. Would like more options like cruise control, but low purchase price is well worth the car you get... Read More

1999 Kia Sephia Reviews

Not By Mike

Acceleration= 0-60 in INFINITY Braking=60-0 in 1,000,000 feet Handling= If you go over 30 on any corner it will tip over. Build quality is alright. Appearance sucks! Very little cost of owenership! No... Read More

Not Impressive, Until It Got Crashed. By Christina

Not the best car on Earth, but in an accident it did a great job of protecting it's occupants (thankfully not me.) Read More

1997 Kia Sephia Reviews

Good Entry-level Compact Sedan By Risayogi

My father bought this car late 2003. In Indonesia this car's name is Timor S515i. It cost Rp 98 mil (around US$10,000). The 1500cc DOHC engine produce 105 HP, which is pretty good for a small sedan. ... Read More

I Love My 97 Kia By Eva

I love my little Kia because it is small but not too small, and it's FAST!! :D This car is very fun to drive, handles very well and gets great gas mileage. Eleven years and I have not had any major is... Read More

1996 Kia Sephia Reviews

Really Good Overall Vehicle By Gabriel

handles, brakes, accelerates nicely. built really well. major dents on passenger side and slight dents on driver. 32 plus mpg, maintenance doesn't cost much. car has slid off the side of a mountain an... Read More

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