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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,715 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.

2005 Kia Spectra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 182011

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles


Due to corrosion, the parking brake cable failed at the right rear brake caliper. Vehicle is a 2005 Kia Spectra 5 with 117,000 miles

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #2

May 122005


  • 85,000 miles
The car was parked in the driveway in 1st gear with the emergency brake engaged. The brake failed and the car rolled down our driveway and hit the house across the street.

- Texas, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 042006

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,145 miles
: the contact stated after parking the vehicle with the parking brake engaged, the vehicle rolled down a hill, and hit a tree. The hatch was crushed and the front end was torn off. The vehicle was towed to the dealership, where the problem was not duplicated. The contact used the brake as a back up brake while driving, but it does not stop the vehicle. No injuries were sustained and a police report was not taken. Updated 12/1/2006 -

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

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