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2003 Kia Spectra lights problems

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2003 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 302003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Purchased the car in may of 2003, June 30th of 2003 check engine light came on and had to have the tps replaced and 3 more times to present. Have had multiple headlights replaced, heating problem, exhaust replaced. Car is now on 46,000 had transmission replaced (through an att. From lemon law) at 16,000 miles had to have tires replaced. And, now to date tires were replaced for the 5th time, brakes were done 4 times, now to find out the reason tires and brakes were needed to be replaced so many times is because the suspension is way out of alignment which seeing I have had the problem all along I now believe it was a defect all along.

- North Versailles, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 152005


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Have replaced both high & low headlights 3 times each. Heater is not working. Junction box needs replaced 12/15/05. Car is a 2003 Kia Spectra with 97,500 miles on it. It was bought new.

- Abbottstown, PA, USA

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