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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,000 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #2

May 082011

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 43,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Kia Spectra. The contact stated when he engaged the clutch pedal to change from neutral to first gear, the clutch arm became stuck and the vehicle would not shift into gear. A mechanic consulted with the consumer and stated that the clutch arm failure appeared to be heat related as the metal expanded in hot temperatures and caused the arm to bind up. A call to the dealer was made who refused warranty, but otherwise service.. the failure and current mileage was 43,000. Updated 07/18/11

- Coppell , TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 162009


  • 75,000 miles
The hydraulic cylinder gets air in it in cold weather below -10 degrees Fahrenheit. It happens anytime it gets below this temperature. It causes the driver to be unable to shift the car. Usually the dealer bleeds the cylinder and it is fine. Could leave the driver stranded or unable to move the car out of the way causing an accident. It has happened every winter since 2005 and usually more than once a winter.

- Bovey, MN, USA

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