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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Kia Spectra steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 142005

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles


The contact pesumes that the spindle broke on the wheel while driving 45 mph. The vehicle pulled O the left. He pulled over, checked the vehicle and discovered that spindle was broken. He called the dealership with hopes of buying a new spindle. The car came with drum brakes, and when the dealer looked up the VIN the computer showed that the vehicle should have been equipped with disc brakes. The dealership was unable to find a new spindle for the vehicle because of the brake issue. Updated 11/29/2005 - the spindle was provided bythe dealer on Nov 1, 2005. After that day other parts were needed.

- Trujillo Alto, PR, USA

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