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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,942 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2007 Kia Spectra engine problems

engine problem

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2007 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 012011


  • miles


2007 Kia Spectra. Consumer states vehicle stalls whenever the tank is full the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and they claimed the problem was caused by topping up, which the consumer claimed never happened. The consumer stated the vehicle stalled again while driving in rush hour traffic. The consumer took the vehicle back to the dealer, only to be told it was due to the same problem.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Apr 292008


  • 12,662 miles
After filling the gas tank to the full line. The car occasionally sputters at freeway speeds, and will cut off if idling for than one minute. The problem stop happening after the fuel level has gone below the full line. I have taken it to the dealer. The dealers say there are no trouble codes in the computer and there is nothing they can do.

- Hanford, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 022009


  • 32,165 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Spectra. In January of 2009, the vehicle overheated. The contact took it to the dealer and they stated that a bypass hose was leaking. The hose was replaced and the engine was cleaned because oil leaked all over the motor. The oil was also changed. In April of 2009, the vehicle failed due to overheating and would not start. The dealer stated that due to the contact's lack of maintenance and failure to change the oil regularly, she would need a whole new engine. The engine was burnt up and would cost $6,000 to replace. The Kia manufacturer stated that based on the dealer's information, they would not repair the engine. The failure mileage was 32,165.

- Highland, CA, USA

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