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3.9

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,716 miles

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2002 Kia Spectra drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #2

May 072007

Spectra

  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I purchased 2002 Kia Spectra in 11/ 2004 with 14,000 miles on it. ( I have all maintenance work documented). In 2006 I noticed my car would get sluggish and hesitate whenever I would accelerate. It didn't happen all the time. But I did take it in for a tune-up and transmission flush and fill. This was in 10/2006 and I only had 26,000 miles on it.but this problem persisted and it worsened to a point that it took a while before it would shift gears. I would have to hold my foot on the gas pedal and pump it a few times. I took it to a dealer in January 2008 and explained to them what was happening and it was making loud noises. They said the transmission was defective and it needed to be replaced. So I replaced the transmission cost was $1,800 they also stated the transmission had been replaced in this car once before. Now this is the second transmission and my car only has 31,442 miles on it. So my car was now running ok at first but it still pauses and jerks when im driving. This happens with my foot on the gas pedal no matter what speed im driving at. It also wont go in reverse when I shift to the reverse gear. This began to happen in January 2012 and with only 50159 miles on it. Again I took it to a local Kia dealership and the technician found that the transmission has internal failures, the cost to replace the transmission is $1520 installed.

- Manteno, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 012008

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 31,432 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that the vehicle would hesitate to accelerate from a stop and would exhibit loud noises when driving above 40 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The transmission was replaced. Approximately four years later, the contact stated that the vehicle would not reverse when shifted into reverse. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the contact was again advised to replace the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 31,432. Updated 09/06/12 updated 09/10/2012

- Manteno, IL, USA

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