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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,400 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Kia Spectra drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 122012


  • 100,000 miles


Trans all of a sudden started slipping with no prior issues. Was reading a tcm code then codes for each gear replaced trans new trans drove 30 miles and is doing the exact same thing have to drive like a stick 1st 2nd and then can put in drive around 35mph. Also breaks come and go as they please.

- Sheldon, IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 012001


  • miles
2001 Kia Spectra transmission needed to be replaced 2 weeks after purchase. Fuel pump and tail light assembly was replaced, rear window fell out of vehicle into traffic. ** answer required*** the technician that replaced the rear window stated the glue that was used to install the window was defective.

- Ellabell, GA, USA

problem #3

Dec 152001


  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
I got in a accident when my brakes went out that night and I couldn't stop. When my car was in the shop they told my that the brakes went out and I need the have the brake line checked out. I took my car back to the dealer and they told me that the kind of brakes they are the would squeak. They never took the time to really look at the brakes because that same day I had my brakes replaced. I have had transmission problems and alternator problems and a lot more.

- Warrensville Heights, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 012003


  • 8,000 miles
After starting the vehicle, the gear would not move out of park. On another occasion while driving, the vehicle had gone into reverse by itself and the engine shut down completely. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for transmission repair. There was a severe vibration in the steering wheel upon getting the vehicle back from the dealer.

- Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #1

Jul 272002


  • miles
While driving the vehicle hesitated to accelerate and didn't change gears. The vehicle accelerated into full throttle. (two accidents had occurred due to these failures) ts the front end alignment had pulled to the left, the check engine light and the transmission had become inoperative. Scc

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

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