Kia Sephia is great
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.