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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
55,024 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace transmission (1 reports)
2004 Kia Spectra transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 012013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


This thing is awful. Besides the craptastic interior, I have had nothing but problems with this vehicle. The engine has always shaken, but worst of all, I HAD TO REPLACE THE WHOLE TRANSMISSION. NOT covered by warranty, $2,000 down the drain. Save yourself the trouble, and stay AWAY from this vehicle. Everything about it is cheap, inside and out. GROSS. GARBAGE. CAR.

- , Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #1

Jun 062004

Spectra LX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49 miles

that kia is nothing but a pain in my backside. i wish we would have never gotten the piece of dung! we will never have another one. the dealer was no help either. all they said was that's normal for them to do that. I DON'T THINK SO!!!! it would slip & not shift right. that car has been one problem after another from day one. IT'S A LEMON!!!!

- , Carterville, IL, USA

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