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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,000 miles

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2009 Kia Spectra body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2009 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 252012

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


While pulling my car out of a parking space, I drove forward at a low speed and heard a swooshing sound of water from behind the dashboard near the glove box area. As I continued to drive my car for a period of time, the sound became worse. I took my car to an authorized Kia dealership for diagnostic testing. The technician discovered it to be a clogged drain hose for the heater/air conditioning system. The final diagnosis was to remove the entire dashboard and repair/replace drain hose at a cost of $900 including parts, labor, and tax. After doing some research into this matter, I discovered this to be an ongoing problem with this year, make and model. I'm surprised this has not been a recall on behalf of Kia motor corporation. Kia needs to address this issue if they want repeat customers in the future.

- Whittier, CA, USA

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