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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,685 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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2007 Kia Spectra engine problems

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2007 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 232012

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 77,712 miles


After I fillup gas tank car shake and die on the highway orlando fl Kia dealer change the canstar in the tank steel doing the same thing. It is very dangeres needs to be ck by the gov.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 122010


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that after fueling the vehicle, it would begin to stall. The failure occurred while the contact was driving 60 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the dealer could not find the cause of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000.

- Hingham , MA, USA

problem #2

Sep 152009


  • 27,028 miles
-the contact owns a 2007 Kia Spectra. While the contact was driving approximately 60 mph the vehicle stalled and the entire warning indicators illuminated on the dashboard. There was a loss of power steering and brake power. The vehicle was driven to the side of the road. The engine was turned off and restarted. The vehicle was able to resume normally. The failure had occurred on four different occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to determine the cause of failure. The failure mileage was 27,028. The current mileage was 27,050.

- Maryland Heights, MO, USA

problem #1

Jan 102009


  • 36,000 miles
I owned a 2007 Kia Spectra 5 sx the car had around 36,000 mile on it. We have never had any problems out of the car then on the 10th of Jan 09 my husband drove the car to run some errands. He was sitting at a red light when the engine compartment caught fire for no apparent reason and completely destroyed the car. When we called Kia for roadside assistance we were told it was an insurance matter and we would have to call them. The only thing they have offered to do is buy the car back for around 7,000 dollars which is less than my insurance company is offering and no where near what the loan pay off is on the car. They refuse to do anything else. So much for my 10,000 10 year warranty which covered nothing. My husband could have been killed but luckily escaped without injury. I really don't want this to happen to some one else with a worse out come.

- Greer, SC, USA

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