Kia Sephia Model Overview

Kia Sephia Questions

Exaust System

Wil an exaust system from a 1997 kia sephia fit a 2001 kia sephia?

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Car Won't Start

My fuel won't go to the fuel filter and I'm having trouble staring it

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Please Help!

Replaced the starter because my car would not start. But would start if pushed started. The alternator and battery were already replaced a few months ago. But it still after replacing the starter ...

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Shifter Keeps Falling

its a standard shift 5 speed, the shifter keeps falling down and have to pull it back up what do I need to fix it.

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Transmission Locked Up

I can't get the gearshift to move at all

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Older Kia Sephia

2000 Kia Sephia Overview
2000 Kia Sephia
103 pictures
2000 Kia Sephia reviews:
3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars
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
39 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

Kia Sephia Overview

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.

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