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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,000 miles

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2008 Kia Spectra accessories - exterior problems

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2008 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 042012

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


The door locks began randomly not working when using the door lock/unlock buttons on both the driver side, as well as the front passenger side. There does not seem to be a problem when using the key fob. I mentioned this problem to my local Kia dealer who brushed it off. Now, 2 years later, it has gotten worse. I can rarely unlock the doors using the buttons. I would think this is a safety issue if I was unable to get out of my car in the event of an accident or fire. I am not sure if this would be covered under warranty. The car is less than 10 years old and has just under 73,000 miles.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 012009


  • 40,000 miles
Trunk latch will not release without the key (from the interior button or the remote). Every time the weather gets below freezing the trunk release brakes again.

- Strasburg, VA, USA

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