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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Kia Spectra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 232011


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Kia Spectra LX. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds the brakes would be depressed straight to the floor board. In order for her to stop the vehicle, she would have to place the vehicle into park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they advised her that the O2 sensor and master cylinder needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. After having the repairs done the failure recurred. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #1

May 052006

Spectra 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Infrequently, when I hit the brake, the RPM's will go up to the 7 or 8,000 range, and I cannot successfully stop the car; I have had to immediately put the car in park in order for it to stop. One time I went throught the intersection of a stop sign, fortunately, there were no other cars present.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

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