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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,000 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.

2002 Kia Spectra engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 262009


  • 28,000 miles


Stopping to avoid cars cutting me off or braking for any reason. Occurs often. Brake & gas pedals too close. Thought it was a surge for along time, but realized both pedals were being pressed at the same time, even more so for people with a wider foot than mine. Noted by my mechanic and daughter also. Several near misses. Mechanic had no remedy for problem. It's a Kia Spectra, ls, 2002 problem.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 052003

(reported on)


  • miles
When stopping vehicle, it will surge forward. The dealership has been contacted.

- Hemet, CA, USA

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