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YOUR IN DANGER IF YOU DRIVE A KIA!!!!
Posted by Ravenkiddy on 03/10/2004
CENTRAL, NEW JERSEY -- I just hit 54,000 miles and the car started bucking so bad I couldnt 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 "thats 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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Posted by parker on 2004-03-11:
KIA stands for Kick In the Ass which is what you need if you buy one of these craptacular vehicles.
Posted by Mad Eye Moody on 2004-03-11:
Buy American.
Posted by ravenkiddy on 2004-03-11:
Buy American? You have to watch that too, Ford is the top lemon on the market.
Posted by Mad Eye Moody on 2004-03-12:
Dodge, Caddy's, ugh...even Chevy, or GMC. They're all fairly reliable and easier to fix.
Posted by ravenkiddy on 2004-03-12:
They are easy to fix, and cheaper that is true but they need fixing much more often. There are no perfect cars out there and never will be, American or Import they all are pretty the same, its the manufactures that are all to blame, none are willing to take responsibility for anything or stand behind what the make or sell.
Posted by commentator on 2004-07-31:
Thank you for letting us all know. Safety is a major factor and you opened up alot of eyes to KIA shortcuts. I appreciate it.
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Kia Sephia is great
Posted by Bigpapapumpdaddyfoo on 03/08/2004
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.
     
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Posted by parker on 2004-03-09:
i think you should put a flex capasitor on the hyper drive with a 1.21 jigawatt mr fusion to go 88 miles per hour.
Posted by ravenkiddy on 2004-03-10:
I was also very pleased with my 2001 kia sephia 5 speed manual, UNTIL recently. I just hit 54,000 miles and the car started bucking so bad I couldnt 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 "thats 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.
Posted by Mad Eye Moody on 2004-03-12:
it's FLUX Capacitor.
Posted by Dirtydave on 2005-10-31:
I have a 2000 KIA Sephia, 77,000 miles so far and not one moment of trouble. May be I just got lucky, but for me it's been a great little car for the price.
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