CENTRAL, NEW JERSEY -- I just hit 54,000 miles and the car started bucking so bad I couldn't control the car.I brought it to the dealership, they call me to tell they want to fix everything but the problem. They mention I need brakes $235, than they tell me the bucking is my plugs$wires that will be $135. I replace it. 1 week later its back at the dealership the bucking never stopped.Than then replied to me the engine and electrical system were perfect(including the plugs & wires) I needed a new Clutch $650. I asked for a guarantee he WOULDN'T give me one. I asked him if the car was safe and told yes nothing would happen except maybe slipping out of gear (which it never does or ever has) 1 week later I am driving down the road (still bucking) and the car looses control, I lose the throttle, stearing everything, the pedal was useless, my brakes useless. I had it towed to a different Kia dealership. Their response...PLUGS & WIRES!!!! They refused to touch the car unless I paid them $180 for plugs & wires and than $80 for them to look at it. I contacted Kia consumer relations and their response "that's your choice". Its the worst company, I was ripped off and anyone who has a kia is in danger!!! I towed it to a REAL mechanic and he fixed the problem $250 later. It was a warranty issue also it was my throttle postition sensor, I could have been killed or killed someone else BEWARE!!!!
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Kia Sephia is great
Posted by Brent on 2004-03-08
ST CLOUD, MINNESOTA -- Hello, well I bought a Kia Sephia about 6 months ago. This was probably the greatest purchase of a car I have ever made. I have the 5 spd. manual so it gets 30 MPH in town and 36 on the highway. The brakes were slightly wearing out, so then I replaced them with OEM cross drilled rotors and brake pads (I had a kit to change the rear drums to rotors) and the car stops way faster than any other car I have driven (2,551 curb weight, go figure). With the small low gear ratios it feels like I'm in a more powerful car than what it really is. After a while of driving and enjoying this car for what it was, I needed some more excitement out of it. So I wen't out and purchased a double thick head gasket and bought a T-25 turbo w/ intercooler and BOV for the car. I also upgraded the ridiculous ignition with a Jacobs ignition kit. Then I upgraded the fuel pump to a walbro255LPH and Accel 18 lb injectors on stock fuel rail. I also decided to get an ACT aftermaket clutch for it. After 7,000 miles of driving with the turbo the car still runs great like it did when I first bought it. Its really exciting to be able to pay 1,400 (brake upgrade- 400, turbo-300, intercooler-125, blow off valve-100, fuel pump- 89, injectors- 140, ingition kit- 240, clutch- 225) so I spent a total of about 3,000 on a really awesome fun to drive reliable quick car and still gets 25+ MPG. In case no one else knew, the 1.8 DOHC is actually the same iron block as a Mazda engine so if your interested in performance upgrades most of the parts are interchangeale with the Mazda engines. I am shocked to see all of the problems people have with these cars, I have fallen in love with mine. The only problem I have is the parking brake doesn't work and the transmission grinds into 2nd a little when its cold. The car has 90,000 miles and is still running as strong as any 200HP car does.