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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,447 miles

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2003 Kia Spectra engine problems

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2003 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #8

May 192005

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I am writing in regards to an ongoing problem with my 2003 Kia Spectra. This will be the third time I have dropped off my vehicle to the tallahassee Kia repair shop. At the conclusion of the first repair, 5-19-05 I was told the problem was rectified. When I contacted the dealership about the problem at the beginning of June I was told to have the fuel filter replaced, I have done so but this has not rectified the problem. As of late, perhaps due to the heat, the problem is worse. The vehicle is still surging forward while I have my foot pressed on the brake. The problem occurs after the vehicle has been driven around town or on road trip and will sometimes when I first start it up. It occurs more often when the air conditioning is running. My father believes that the computer is bad or that the service has not been done according to the bulletins. Obviously, this is not only a dangerous situation but it is causing additional wear and tear on the transmission and brakes. At this juncture, the vehicle is unsafe to drive. When I spoke with a service technician at my local tallahassee dealership at the beginning of June I was told that I could drop the vehicle off and they would try to simulate the problem. The first time the vehicle was brought in I was without a vehicle for a number or days and had to rely on family and friends for transportation to work and school. I am scheduled to bring in my vehicle 8 -10-06 and they are still refusing to provide a vehicle for transportation. With no other choice I am forced to bring it in for safety reasons.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #7

Aug 262005

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,275 miles
2003 Kia Spectra. The car has been in 2 accidents and the airbags did not deploy. During the first accidentconsumer's vehicle was cut off by someone in front. In turn a SUV hit consumer's vehicle on the rear passenger's side. During the second accident consumer's vehicle rear ended a car in fron. This was a front to rear collision at 25 T-30 miles mph. There was injuries in the second accident. A police report was taken. Also, there there was a problem with oil circulation. Ithe consumer was told by the dealership that the oil sending unit was not working properly.

- Cassel Rock, CO, USA

problem #6

Sep 042004

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 24,800 miles
Engine check light constantly illuminated while driving. This causes hesitation, lost of power, and stalling. Vehicle had been to dealer on ten separate occasions. Dealer replaced various part, but problem recurred.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #5

May 152003

Spectra

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles

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

Air conditioning quit working shortly after purchase. Kia returned the car after 2 weeks. It worked for 1 hour. Returned it to Kia-Kia returned after 5 weeks. Air worked for 3 weeks. Returned to Kia-said it was the freon. Worked for 30 mins and quit. I cannot take it back to have it worked on because they will not give me a car to drive. I am currently driving in the heat with no air because they refuse to accomodate me. I have owned this car for 5 months and only driven it for 3.5 months because of repairs.

- Dillon, SC, USA

problem #4

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

problem #3

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 #2

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

problem #1

Mar 202003

Spectra

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The engine made a horrible noise. The dealer inspected the vehicle but could not duplicate the problem. 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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