2008 Kia Spectra miscellaneous NHTSA complaints: Unknown Or Other

NHTSA — Unknown Or Other Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,667 miles

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2008 Kia Spectra miscellaneous problems

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2008 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 042016


  • 92,000 miles


While driving hwy at 70 miles, when I increase to 75/80 the car violently downshifts. I am afraid to drive on the highway now because of it. I thought I ran over something but no, it did it again with my 83 year old mother in passenger seat. We were both shook up over it. Now, I do go past 50 because I don't feel safe and it's only 8 years old.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #2

May 102012


  • miles
The clear coat is coming off.

- Cordele, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 102013


  • 90,000 miles
The passenger detection sensor in the passenger seat would sometimes work on and off while driving, or while they shifted in the seat. The light that says the passenger airbag was off would stay on (meaning the sensor would not detect someone in the seat) and the red error light on the dash would stay on. Now the sensor does not work at all (and has not for the past few years). This was after the warranty expired and asking my mechanic said I should take it to an upholsterer to get it fixed. The issue still has not been fixed due to the estimated cost.

- Crestview, FL, USA

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