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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
121,333 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.

2003 Kia Spectra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012013

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


At my cost I had to replace the brake proportioning valve which was causing a brake fluid leak. Apparently this is a common dangerous situation. Please create a recall before someone's brakes completely fail in traffic.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 192012


  • 178,000 miles
The brake fluid proportioning valve is leaking for no reason. Not a serviceable part. Must be replaced. Not a wear and tear part either. Very common issue with 2002 and 2003 research stated. Thanks.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #1

May 012010

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
My brake light went on ( thought it was parking brake stuck or brake maintenance time ), after spending over $400 to get everything replaced.... it was discovered that my proportioning valve went bad ! leaking brake fluid ( had to replace every other day ). why is there no recall ?

- Springfield, OH, USA

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