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3.5

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,019 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.

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2003 Kia Spectra body / paint problems

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2003 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #7

May 012011

Spectra

  • 150,000 miles

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

The dash, where it meets the windshield, has curled up and detached from the defroster vent on the driver side. The plastic defroster vent is also crumbling from being exposed to the sun. I can't believe how cheap of materials was used for this.

- Ofallon, IL, USA

problem #6

Jan 192011

Spectra

  • miles
2003 Kia Spectra. Never been in a wreck. Power windows fail to work. A couple months ago, the passenger side window came off the track, and the in-door assembly had crumbled within the door. Took getting an entire assembly to repair the window. Today, the driver's side window does not open. Motor still works. A clicking sound can be heard as it runs, but it is not gripping the window to lower it. (still not repaired).

- San Angelo, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 152010

Spectra

  • 104,000 miles
Driver's door window regulator fails causing window to slide down track into the door. The power regulator raises and lowers the window with a metal wire running through plastic guides on a metal track. The ends of the wire are capped inside a plastic bracket to which the window is attached. These plastic parts wear and crack causing the wire to come loose thus preventing the window from being held up.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 252003

Spectra

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,130 miles

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

The front panel in the consumer's 2003 Kia Spectra made noise. The consumer had several problems concerning the vehicle. The drivers seat belt was broken, driver and passenger doors were inoperative, faulty speaker, the vehicle would not move forward or in reverse, there would be a clicking sound if it was forced, the vehicle would not accelerate over 30 mph for 10 minutes.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 202003

Spectra

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicles windshield wipers failed intermittently. The dealer replaced the windshield motor yet the problem persisted. The door was misaligned, rear lights were inoperative, snow had gotten into the rear seat(s), the vehicle leaked, seat belts were inoperative, click noise in the wipers when on a low speed, pulling noise in the engine per mechanic, and pulling when shifted. Scc

- Hoboken, NJ, USA

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problem #2

Mar 202003

Spectra

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The back passenger seat belts were not long enough to hold a 135 pound passenger. The door was misaligned, rear lights were inoperative, snow had gotten into the rear seat(s), the vehicle leaked, seat belts were inoperative, click noise in the wipers when on a low speed, pulling noise in the engine per mechanic, and pulling when shifted. Scc

- Hoboken, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 202003

Spectra

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Snow entered the vehicle, which caused the door not to open. The door was misaligned, rear lights were inoperative, snow had gotten into the rear seat(s), the vehicle leaked, seat belts were inoperative, click noise in the wipers when on a low speed, pulling noise in the engine per mechanic, and pulling when shifted. Scc

- Hoboken, NJ, USA

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