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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,960 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.

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2005 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 012012

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


My speedometer works intermitantly on and off, I have changed the speed sensor and did not take care of the problem, I went to Kia blogs and found out a lot of people are having the same issue with Kia cars.

- West Palm Beach , FL, USA

problem #3

May 102012


  • 100,000 miles
Turned the car on, got on the hwy looked at the speed and it was at 0 mph. Drove for a while it picked up to 20 mph. Not sure if its working right. I've gotten a ticket for speeding how do I know what speed I'm going if its not working. I also have a new born. I believe this is very dangerous.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 082010


  • 48,480 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that the speedometer remained at 0 no matter how fast or slow she drove. She has scheduled an appointment with the dealer for 01/14/2010. The vehicle has not been repaired. She filed a complaint with the manufacturer. The current mileage was approximately 48,500. The failure mileage was approximately 48,480.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 022007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,358 miles
Electrical problems, stalling, air bag light and even car shut off on the freeway. After only two weeks the car started with electrical problems; the right head lamp kept burning, the car was at the shop for two weeks for repair. On 5/24/06 the car was in the shop again for electric problems with the air bag light, there was already a recall on this problem and the repair was done to it. On 08/15/06 the car was taken in for multiple electrical and engine problems, the car had previously stopped in the middle of the freeway, had a stalling problem, the radio would scan back and forward for a station by it-self when the A/C or the traffic light came to use, also the battery went dead. The car was at the shop for two days and many repairs were performed, unfortunately this time the dealer did not provide a written repair description, (but I have a copy of the complaint invoice). Now, 03/02/2007 and with 27700 miles the car started to produce all the above problems and I will take the car for a 4th repair on Monday 03/05/2007. I already called Kia's consumer service 800-333-4542 to request a lemon exchange or refund.

- Canoga Park, CA, USA

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