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Definitely a daily-driver, cheap on gas, needs seatbelts (RECALL IS REAL!!) by B~KOREA.KIA.HOMETOWN on 04/23/2008. Trim: 1996 Kia Sephia LS, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: At 127,000 kms. This is a reliable daily driver. I purchased this used in South Korea and it had 6 previous owners. The engine is very responsive, 5-speed shifts smooth, and the car handles fairly well (wiggly) on bumpy sections. The car is smooth on excellent pavement (rare in Korea). Overall, I am pleased, excellent gas mileage. Roomy for a family. The engine is bullet-proof. Interior is smooth vinyl like a taxi cab, aftermarket? Compared to previous Dodge & Plymouth Neons (2003, 2000) I've owned, 100% better in the engine for sure! Comparably, don't buy used Dodge Neons...like trash on wheels!!!
Cons: Seatbelt pops open on bumpy roads, see manufacturers recall notice, it happens everyday I drive! The dashboard is curling up near the windshield. The front-impact rating reports your legs will be removed. The 1996 I have doesn't have airbags. The body design is dated, the engine and transmission belong in another vehicle (donar vehicle).
Overall review: Rough pavement this car wiggles around with 126K kms on the body/suspension. Basic to maintain and drive short distances to work/school. Comfortable and spacious interior for such fuel-economy, 1.6-1.8L 4-cylinder engine with 5-speed transmission crushes the performance of my 2000 and 2003 Plymouth & Dodge Neons. I'm worried about the seatbelts, that's a standard glitche! G.Luck!
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