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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,800 miles

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2003 Kia Spectra electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 312004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,800 miles


I brought this car on the 29th of October. Two days later the car wouldn't start. The car was serviced and I was told that the battery was no good. The battery was changed but the the car wouldn't start again...two days after being serviced. The battery cord had to be jiggled in order for it to start up. The car was taken to the dealership again where the mechanic said the problem couldn't be duplicated, that nothing was wrong with the car except that the battery cord had to be tightened. Another two days later the car doesn't start again and won't start unless the brake and gears are manipulated.

- Dallas, TX, USA

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