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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,390 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Kia Spectra engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 202011

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 60 miles


The warning light on the Spectra 2005 4-door has been a problem from day 1. the light keeps going on and off. When I brought it back to the dealer on a number of occasions, the light went off so they were never able to determine the problem. Now the light is permanently 'on' and I don't know if it is working or not. It is definitely a concern and it is a definitely a problem. In addition, the timing belt keeps loosening on a continual basis. I have repeatedly bought it to my mechanic to get it tightened. This should not be the case. The timing belt, once fixed, should remain in tact at least for a length of time (not a month!). that the warranty has expired, the light remains on. Whatever, I have been very unhappy with the car. Am disappointed. I realize the cost was a significant factor upon purchase, but my Hyundai at the same cost break (actually lower) proved to be a significantly better car. I gave the Hyundai to a friend of mine and it is keeps on ticking. It is still in service and runs better than the Kia at over triple the mileage. In addition, the entire suspension replaced at 65,000 which is unusual as I do not drive the car hard and I avoid bumps.

- Eastchester, NY, USA

problem #3

May 012008


  • miles
My vehicle sputters while driving. There have been a few incidents where my vehicle has almost stalled on the freeway while I was driving in fast lane. I have taken my vehicle to the dealer at least 5 time in a 2 month window, and they claim that they cannot find anything wrong with my vehicle, so they are refusing to fix my vehicle or take all of the precautionary measures to repair my vehicle. The dealer claims that since they cannot find anything wrong with my vehicle, then there is nothing that they can do and I am just stuck with a defective vehicle, which has become unsafe to drive on the road.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 152007

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Kia Spectra. While driving 50 mph, the engine revved when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The failure occurred four times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but they were unable to find a defect. The failure mileage was 36,000 and current mileage was 40,000. Updated 5/30/08 the consumer stated the transmission slips from a stop it feels as though it is in neutral. Updated 05/30/08

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,500 miles
While driving at any speed vehicle cut off. Consumer had the vehicle serviced, but mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- West Columbia, SC, USA

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