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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
140,970 miles

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2005 Kia Spectra fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2005 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 282016


  • 42,000 miles


In January 2016 this car went into a sudden involuntary acceleration. First time in extremely cold and icy weather. Took two feet on brake and it still moved into the intersection before engine slowed down. Second and third times, in parking lots in warmer conditions, it did the same sudden acceleration with foot on brake. Putting it in neutral caused extremely loud roar before it suddenly stopped. These all occurred when going from gas pedal to the brake. These were terrifying. And Kia dealership mechanics say they can find nothing wrong with the car. Said it might have been extra heavy boots on my feet or maybe the floor mat wedged under pedal. This is Kia lack-of-responsibility bullshit!

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #2

Mar 152015


  • 149,909 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Spectra. While driving at various speeds, an abnormal noise emitted from the rear driver side of the vehicle without warning. The failure recurred continuously. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V256000 (fuel system, other). The failure mileage was 149,909.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #1

Dec 202013


  • 231,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Spectra. The contact was driving 70 mph when the fuel tank straps became fractured. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the contact was advised that the straps needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and the contact was advised that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V256000 (fuel system, other). The approximate failure mileage was 231,000.

- Louisa, VA, USA

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