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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
76,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. heater core replacement (1 reports)
2002 Kia Spectra AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2002 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 262008

(reported on)

Spectra GSX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles


I bought this car brand new in 2002. Served me well over the years, but just a month ago the heater core started to leak. This is a MAJOR problem because it basically rendars the car underivable. The smell through the vents in unbearable (antifreeze) and because of this the heat cannot work. I called my Kia dealership and the they quoted the job to be 1200 with parts and labor. I think this is outrageous that the heater core sprung a leak at such a young age. I own a 73 Camaro and it still has the original heater core. I refuse to repair the car Kia's value decline at such a quick rate that it isn't worth it. I'll never buy a Kia again.

- , Bronx, NY, USA

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