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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,000 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.

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2003 Kia Spectra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 092006

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles


The brake proportioning valve is leaking and the car is currently in the shop having this replaced. This is a 2003 Kia Spectra. This part appears to be a manufacturer's defect as there are other complaints listed here and elsewhere. Has there been a recall as this is a safety issue that I cannot believe is limited to my vehicle. Also, the interior components started falling off within 6 weeks of ownership. The console lid broke, the caps for the gas release lever and the trunk lever have all come off numerous time. The car jack snapped the first and only time it was used to change a flat tire.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Nov 132005

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
My daughter owns a 2003 Kia Spectra [xxx] with a brake proportioning valve that started leaking about a week ago and is scheduled to be replaced. Are these valves defective because my other daughter with a 2002 Kia rio [xxx] had the same valve replaced last year on her rio. I am concerned because this is a serious safety problem. Updated 07/17/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Massena, NY, USA

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