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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,402 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.

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2005 Kia Spectra electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 182013

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


One blinker light would flash faster then the other. The radio would randomly scan stations continuously. Battery would die. 9/28/2013 when vehicle was started, all the lights in the vehicle began flashing/blinking and the car made a buzzing sound. When key was removed the flashing and buzzing continued for a minute longer. After a jump start the car started, but the blinker lever would no longer go down to turn on left blinker. Later that day aaa tested the battery which was no longer holding a charge and had to be replaced. Within the first year of ownership: Front spoiler fell off while driving on the highway and replaced by purchasing dealer at no charge. Electrical on windows was intermittent, Kia dealer in Ontario (that is no longer in service) refused to do repairs, which were under warranty, stating they could only do oil changes on the weekends and refused to provide a rental car for the repair to be done during the week. 5/5/2014: Requested a warranty report for vehicle from Kia corporate and they stated they do no have record of that information. This particular vehicle was used by Kia for testing purposes on multiple occasions.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 132005

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Window controls would not work intermittently. Vehicle was taken to a Kia dealer who refused to do repairs, stating they only do oil changes on weekends. Dealer would not provide rental car for repairs to be made during the week. At this time, the electrical system was still under warranty. Repairs were never made. As of 5/5/2014 windows will only open occasionally.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 102010


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that the speedometer was malfunctioning and would read that she was traveling 50 mph after coming to a complete stop. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 73,000 and the current mileage was 108,000.

- Villa Rica, GA, USA

problem #3

May 032012


  • 77,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Kia Spectra. While driving approximately 45 mph, the speedometer, fuel gauge and temperature gauge were providing inaccurate level readings. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Feb 082005

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52 miles
: the consumer stated while driving at 40 mph on normal road conditions all warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they made the repair without determining the cause of failure. At the time of the incident the vehicle had only 52 miles. At 14000 miles the failure repeated and the dealer made the repair for the second time. On 1/19/06 the warning lights illuminated again but this time the engine shut off and could not be restarted. The vehicle was towed to the dealer.

- Stafford, TX, USA

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