definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,313 miles

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2005 Kia Amanti drivetrain problems

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2005 Kia Amanti Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 182012

Amanti 6-cyl

  • 91,575 miles


I absolutely love this car. However, I am afraid to drive it most of the time do to intermittent problems with acceleration. At times, when I step down on the gas nothing happens, then all of a sudden the car takes off like a rabbit. On a trip to South Dakota, after using the blinker to change lanes, the blinkers went crazy, both on at the same time, then from one side to the other, I couldn't get them to stop and the ESC light was flashing. I pulled over and shut the car off and back on and all was good, for a few more miles anyway. I had to do this several times on my way home. This was scary as I was 1500 miles from home. Haven't had that issue since and that was 4 months ago (no engine light for codes at this point). Now, all of a sudden the car is running like crap. Engine light finally came on and the code is stating misfire in #3 spark plug. The car is running very poorly, undriveable. I have had nothing but issues with this car since I bought it a year ago. I have read changing the throttle positioning sensor and updating the computer software may be what's wrong. However, trying to convince Kia to do this is another ball game. There is also a high priority recall on the stop lamp switch, recall #SC077. Also see technical service bulletin #KT2007030801. There are numerous complaints about the acceleration issue, some involving accidents. Why wont Kia acknowledge this and offer a recall on the tps and a reflash on the computer"?? all we get is the run-A-round and the shop not hearing of such a thing. Really???" come on!!!!!

- Woodland, WA, USA

problem #4

May 072012

Amanti 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Sudden acceleration. I was slowing for a traffic light I expected to turn red. I had my foot on the floor boards, away from the accelerator, letting the care slow by itself. The light did turn red and I had to apply the brakes. I keep my left foot to the left of the brakes on the floor board. As I applied the brakes with my right foot I felt my left foot so I knew I applied the brakes. Car accelerated. Only putting the transmission I neutral and flooring the brake pedal with both feet prevented a wreck. No warning lights came on. In October of 2011 the dealer replaced ignition coil; packs spark plugs and spark plug wires. However on 5/7/12 the problem returned- worse than ever before the car finally stopped tachometer reading was 4700 RPM. Doctors often ask patients to rate pain open a scale of 1-10. This incident would rate an 8. please issue a recall before more people experience this and could kill people.or a buyback for what the buyer paid including all loan fees and interest.. I also request a federal directive requiring all cars to have brake overrides and for a free retrofit of all car models with a history of this problem. I have only 68,000 miles on the car and 66,800 when I bought the car.

- Winchester, VA, USA

problem #3

Sep 232011

Amanti 6-cyl

  • 66,979 miles
Twice within 2 miles when I applied brakes engine sped up instead. The only thing preventing two accidents was putting the car in neutral till it settled down.

- Winchester, VA, USA

problem #2

Jun 152008


  • miles
My 2005 Kia Amanti has a problem as when driving it will lurch and lag "bump". it has been in the dealers shop many times for a total of 38 days. The dealer did replace the transmission with a rebuilt unit. The problem still exists and the dealer says he cannot duplicate the problem. So he cannot fix it. A web site has many complaints of this nature and the same problem exists; the dealers cannot duplicate the problem; so they cannot fix it. A mechanic at the shop said that Kia knows they have a problem; but does not know how to fix it. The problem occurs when backing out of a parking space and when the car is driving at about 40 mph. The lurch has occurred at stop signs and causes the car to jump and if I had not been alert I would have hit the car in front of me. The same problem occurs when backing out of a parking place and the rear view is blocked by the vehicle and if a peron or vehicle is in the blind spots; injury could occur.

- Pueblo West, CO, USA

problem #1

Apr 182007

Amanti 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
Shortly after getting the car, it intermittently would fail to accelerate when the accelerator was pushed. By pushing it all the way to the floor it sometimes would then accelerate excessively, or by letting up on the accelerator and reapplying it a similar event would happen. Sometimes the car just muddles along very slowly in traffic until one of the above actions is taken, and sometimes pushing to the floor still does not make it accelerate. This has occurred in traffic at times causing an unsafe event due to surprise when expecting to clear traffic etc. Early on it was returned to dealer on at least two occasions for lengths of several days each time and we also involved company reps, but they offered no solution but said it seemed to be fine. Car continues to act up and notice that others have complained of a similar event on a website we monitor.

- Bargersville, IN, USA

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