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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,075 miles

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2004 Kia Spectra body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 252014


  • 70,000 miles


Metal around wheel wells rotting out.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 032014

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 56,150 miles
After parking my car I could not open the driver side (left front) door. The inside door handle no longer opens the door. I now have to roll down the window and open the door using the outside door handle. I feel this is a safety issue. In an emergency I could become trapped inside. The electric windows won't work unless the car is running or the key is in the "on" position. Also it has a manual transmission with a stick shift so trying to exit through the passenger side really is not an option.

- Sonoma, CA, USA

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