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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,804 miles

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2007 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 122014


  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that the rpms revved violently. When depressing the brake pedal, the vehicle jerked without warning. In addition, while driving at any speed, the vehicle surged forward continuously. The failures recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be determined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 64,000.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #8

Apr 092014


  • 65,000 miles
I was driving on the highway when all of a sudden the check engine light came on and I lost all power in the gas pedal, ( you can floor the peddle and it don't go over 2000 RPM ) almost resulting in a collision. It only comes on when it want to, I had the codes checked at auto zone and they said its saying all the solenoids are bad. I looked up this problem online and there are alot of owners experiencing this same issue in the same year, +1 and-1, and with the same approximate mileage, it says that Kia has come out with an update to the transmission computer to remedy the issue, the Kia dealer wants an outrageous amount to update the computer, when discussing this with Kia corporate they said well if a recall is issued then we can get refund, but I don't have the cash to pay for the repair, an update should be free, they are acknowledging the defect, there for because of the danger it can cause a recall is in order...

- Watauga, TX, USA

problem #7

Feb 252014


  • 80,921 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 80,921.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #6

Nov 132011


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that the vehicle exhibited an abnormally loud revving noise. While driving 5 mph and attempting to park with the brakes applied, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and crashed into a post. The contact was not injured. The vehicle was able to be driven from the scene. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and the current mileages were approximately 30,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 082011


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns 2007 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that while the engine idled with his foot on the brake pedal the rpms increased excessively. He was applying pressure to the brakes when the vehicle felt as if it was being pushed from the back and then moved forward approximately 5 feet. The manufacturer was contacted and will send a representative to the dealership to inspect the vehicle. The failure mileage was 7,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #4

Nov 242008


  • 2,560 miles
In 2008 I purchased a new 2007 Kia Spectra 5 sx, in November of that year I was returning home from a doctors appointment and had stopped at a stop sign, when my autos engine started to revving and moving forward while my foot was on the brake pedal, I pressed as hard as I could with my foot, but that did not stop the car from moving forward, the tires were spinning, I then put my other foot on the brake pedal and pressed as hard as I could was able to shift the gear shift into neutral and that stopped moving forward, but the engine continued revving, I then was able to turn the ignition off. I let the car remain off for about L5 seconds and turned the ignition on again the engine started to rev again, I had to turn engine off again, after about 15 seconds I turned the engine on and it was normal so I went home and made an appointment with my service provider to have the auto checked out for this problem. They could not find the problem. I called the manufacturer and spoke to case manager (albert) who suggested I go to another Kia dealer. I went to Kia of bayside in great neck, N.Y. (they are out of business now). They inspected the vehicle and could not locate the problem. The technician suggested that the cruise control module be disconnected, which he did, and told me to drive car for two weeks and come back to the shop. I returned to the shop on 1/20/09 ( I originally took car to bayside Kia on 12/22/08) I told the tech that nothing happened during the 2 week period. He then called Kia headquarters and requested that a new cruise control module be installed. The tech ordered the new module for the car and reconnected the old module. On 01/20/09, I had another episode with the car revving and moving forward and it also did the same thing in reverse, this was in pelham manor, N.Y. just across the bridge from where I live, 2 hours later I was at the bartow mall, in my neighborhood it happened again, it done this 4 more times Kia refuses to do anything.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 272010


  • 53,752 miles


On three occasions my 2007 Kia Spectra's engine has raced madly when I was stopped with my foot on the brake. It was all I could do to keep the car from moving with the brake fully depressed. The most recent date that it happened was 7/27/2010. I turned the engine off for about one minute and when I restarted it the engine was ok. Around xmas 2009, the same thing happened when I was stopped in traffic. I tried moving the gear shift into neutral and park and turning it off several times to no avail. I finally put it in drive and let it inch forward and suddenly the racing stopped. At that time I removed the car mat and have not used the mat since then. Today I took the car to the dealer to be checked out. They tell me they cannot find anything wrong with it. They checked the error codes in memory and gave me a listing of the codes. They tell me none of the codes relate to what I experienced. The only other problem that I have experienced was the front passenger door not latching. I would slam the door and it would pop back open again. I depressed the lock and unlock buttons on the remote several times before the door would latch.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #2

Jul 272009


  • 14,500 miles
1. two passengers (female 64 yr driver and female 13 yr old passenger) were proceeding down a residential road in a 2007 Kia Spectra at less than 20 mph. Halfway down the road, driver began to lightly apply the brake knowing that the stop sign was further down the road. At this moment the car revved and experienced sudden acceleration. The driver shouted out that something was wrong with the car. The driver attempted to stop the car but the brakes failed. The car accelerated to approximately 60 mph. Unable to stop, the car went through the stop sign and proceeded across the street towards a guard rail. Driver instinctively turned the wheel to the left so that the car would not hit the guard rail head on. The vehicle collided with the guard rail on the passenger side, throwing the driver into the passenger seat, where the other passenger was sitting. The driver hit her head hard on the passenger window and experienced other injuries as a result of being thrown from the driver seat. The air bags in the car failed to deploy. The car bounced off the guard rail and proceeded at full speed across the street again. The car ran over some small hedges in a resident's yard and proceeded up a steep hill before coming to a stop. The passenger of the car immediately dialed 911 and the police/ambulance arrived shortly after. 2. the car's electronic throttle is believed to be defective. This defect results in random episodes of sudden acceleration when the brakes are applied. Because the episodes are random, the problem is not easily duplicated. However, there are numerous documented cases of sudden acceleration in Kia vehicles on the internet. 3. vehicle was towed to a mechanic for investigation. Mechanic attempted a diagnostic test, but mechanic reported that the 2007 Kia Spectra is not sophisticated enough to apply such a test. Vehicle was then taken to the local Kia dealership for further examination. Kia claims they are unable to duplicate the problem.

- Taunton , MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 272009

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Spectra. While driving 15 mph, the contact attempted to stop the vehicle and heard a revving noise coming from the gear shifter. Shortly after, the vehicle accelerated across the street. She attempted to steer the vehicle to avoid driving into a ditch. The rear passenger side wheel struck the guardrail, but the vehicle still did not stop. The vehicle continued to drive through bushes and up a hill. The speed finally began to decrease and the vehicle came to a stop. There were no serious injuries, only headaches and bruising. The vehicle was towed to a garage by the police, but was later taken to a repair shop. A police report was filed. The mechanic stated that the computer in the vehicle was too unsophisticated; therefore, a diagnostic test could not be performed. Through research, the contact discovered numerous complaints for the same type of defect. The vehicle is currently being repaired and she believes that the failure was due to a manufacturer defect. The current and failure mileages were 4,500. Updated 6/19/10 the consume stated she placed her foot on the brake to slow down when all of a sudden, the vehicle accelerated on its own. Updated 07/22/10

- Taunton, MA, USA

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