Information shown for entry-level Sedan.
City 24/Hwy 31/Comb 27 MPG
|Max Seating: 5|
|Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.6 Liter||Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd|
|Country of Origin: Korea||Country of Assembly: Korea|
By Bebe (AZ) on Friday, November 01, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I LOVE THIS CAR IT ZIPS EVERY WHERE.....VERY DEPENDBLE....it has 200,000 miles and still has that zip need to sell because family member gave me there car..."
By 94kiasephiaowner (MI) on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,139overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "good gas milage and dependable"
Cons: "brakes a little weak"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought this car 13 years ago it was in a damaged state when I got it. the bumper was torn off and dragging the brakes were rusted and locked up. I found out the first owner had no insurance on it and it got towed to the wrong dealer for repairs. the owner had no money and I just had my truck damaged so I bought the sephia to repair quickly to drive for $320 that the owner owed for the tow bill. I replaced the brakes and did a quick repair of the bumper and drove it till the next spring while I repaired my truck. the kia had 77000 miles in sept 2000 when I got it. after fixing my truck gas was up so I drove the kia to work every day. I put 100 miles on it a day for the next 7 years then my new job was close so not too many miles put on it there. Today it has 200000 miles on it it looks ruff and rusted out, but runs good. I drive it every day. THIS WAS THE BEST $320 DOLLAR I HAVE SPENT!!!! WISH I COULD FIND ANOTHER 94 THAT WAS LIKE NEW TO REPLACE THIS ONE WHEN IT IS DONE!!!"
By My little Kia, Sophie (ID) on Sunday, November 20, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "good gas mileage; good little commuter car"
Cons: "In some instances, parts were hard to find for it."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"My little 1997 Kia Sephia was brand new when I bought it with just 14 miles on it. It is an automatic transmission with manual windows, manual locks, and had a tape deck in it. The stereo broke and the drive belts needed replaced the first year, but after that it ran and ran and ran. I used it primarily as an in town commuter car and got really good gas mileage, so much so that now I cringe as I am shopping for a new car. It was perfect for my single, pre-child, college years. I did fairly routine oil, lube, and filter changes, battery replacement,and had new tires put on it every now and then. About the time it hit 100,000 miles I started having more mechanical issues with it, like oil leaks, radiator leaks, water pump hose leaks, broken gaskets, battery corrosion eating at my connect, the muffler needed replaced,the dash cracked and peeled up, the interior light door sensor stopped working, and the "open door" light got stuck on (I think I slammed the seat belt into the door and broke the sensor)...Unfortunatley, now it is the transmission that needs replaced. All of those issues probably could have been avoided, or at least significantly delayed had I had routine engine tune-ups done on it like I should have. This past year, I had a baby and though the trunk is deceptively deep, and the carseat does fit, it only passed inspection at the fire station after putting a foam roll under the base to get the correct angle, and the 1997 Kia doesn't have the key-fit lock bolts for the carseat. I mostly need more room. That coupled with the cost of the new transmission ($1621 parts and labor quoted from the dealership), I decided it was time for a new car. I pinky-swear that I will do better with my maintenance on my next car. All-in-all, I am surprisingly sad to see it go. It served me well for 14 years. I would completely recommend a new Kia (in fact, I really want a Sorento), but I don't know that I would recommend a 1997 Kia Sephia unless it is very low miles. I also think this year of this model might have poor safety ratings."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By chilero 77 (richmond CA) on Saturday, March 12, 2011
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"I had a 95 in 2000 with 103000 miles and eight years later it die after 276000 miles. I replace a lot of parts from junker, and they work fine, I replace only one time clutch, water pump timing belt and starter, also rotors, the engine is the same as mazda protege between 93 an 95, and is very economy in gas, the only problem is the dashboard peeling and leak in trunk basically, this car goes everywhere with over 270000 original miles, the reason it dies was the head gasket blown, otherwise I still have the car. Very low maintenance as long as you change oil often, that's the life of the car basically."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Rob (Albuquerque, NM) on Saturday, July 24, 2010
overall rating 6 of 10rating details
"i have a 1996 kia sephia. very good car and has a 1.8 liter mazda engine. like many other kia sephia's the dashboard burnt and peeled up but other than that very good car. it has 130000 miles and runs great, im selling it now but a great car!"
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Red Dog (Mission, TX) on Monday, June 07, 2010
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
"The Most reliable car I have ever owned, and known about, hands down. I own a 1995 and it has been through one wreck, two floods, and had an engine hoist frame dropped on its roof. Hence the name, " The Terminator". It looks like it is in really bad shape, and it is structurally. However my engine and transmission have been really reliable. I have only used mobile1 engine oil in my car. I vary the weights of oil in regards to its mileage and time of the year so it changes from time to time. For my 5 speed tranny I use one bottle of Lucas and 2 synthetic gear oil bottles. My Car is 500 miles shy of 300,000 and probably by the time anyone reads this it will have hit its 300,000 mile mark. If you take care of this car it will take care of you. It is quite uncomfortable to get in and out of but then again that might be the fact that Im 5'8" and weight 275lbs. My dashboard did turn brown an curl upwards, this is a common problem with these cars. Engine is a bit noisy."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful