really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,959 miles

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2005 Kia Amanti Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Dec 022016


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Kia Amanti. While driving, the vehicle stalled and failed to accelerate. The dealer diagnosed that the accelerator sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Windom, MN, USA

problem #25

Jun 122016


  • 169,999 miles
Just 2days ago my car started jerking real bad and also my transmission felt like it was stalling and the car was loosing acceleration power.then after a short hesitation the vehicle, while backing in the driveway accelerated and was hard to stop.today I noticed a small tremble in the transmission and my car almost went in traffic if I had'nt put the vehicle in neutral and applied force to the brakes, my vehicle was in motion on both incidents, I'm not afraid of my vehicle, but I don't want to cause or be in an accident.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #24

Jul 172012

Amanti 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
When driving the engine suddenly quits, the car jerks, and the accelerator does not work. I have to coast to the side of the road and restart the car. This is a huge safety issue since there is no warning before this happens. Another issue is the engine revving upon starting. I have to hold the brake firmly because the car will intermittently lurch either forward or back without warning. I have also had the car try to lurch forward at a stoplight. I have to keep the brake firmly depressed since it is an intermittent problem. I cannot believe this model has not been recalled. It is a definite danger to driver, passengers, and others. I have read many complaints online with regard to this problem, but still no recall. I would participate in a class action suit. I talked with the dealer and Kia and they are no help.

- Bonner Springs, KS, USA

problem #23

Dec 052007

Amanti 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


On numerous occasions since I bought car in 2006, the car suddenly slows to 10-15 mph, you get no response from the gas pedal, then suddenly lurches forward at full throttle. Every Amanti owner I have spoken with has this issue! a driver could be easily involved in a fatal incident with this issue. This also occurs upon startup when parked. If there is a car in front of you in a parking lot, you would hit it. One owner said he had the control module "flashed" and it solved his problem. Could we please get some action on this? Kia is well aware of the problem. I tell the service advisor about it every time I'm at the dealer. I will file a giant lawsuit if I'm involved in an accident and survive. I'm in on a class action suit if anyone has one going.

- Wauchula , FL, USA

problem #22

Nov 012013

Amanti 6-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
I have had several incidents where my vehicle accelerated almost causing an accident. I have been to the dealer three times and twice they have replaced the speed sensor. The third time they said they could not duplicate the problem.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #21

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 #20

Jul 012010


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Kia Amanti. The contact stated the vehicle accelerated unexpectedly when it was placed in drive. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer, and the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 125,000.

- Credmoor, NC, USA

problem #19

Jan 182009


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Amanti. The contact stated the vehicle would independtly decrease speed and would not go any faster then 15 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times who stated they needed to clean the wires. The wires were cleaned but the failure continued. The repair was done under warranty each time. The manufacturer was contacted who offered no assistance. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the failure mileage was 83,000.

- Dyer, IN, USA

problem #18

Jul 152011


  • 35,000 miles
2005 Kia Amanti: Occasionally the accelerator will barely move the car even though it's floored, then there is a sudden severe lurch forward. My dealer is unaware of any recall, or problem with this. This occurs 4 or 5 times a year, and could cause an accident. There are hundreds of reports of this online, why no action?

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #17

May 062011


  • 55,300 miles
As I pulled up to park my car behind a parked car, my car surged and crashed into the back of the parked car. I was easing into the space at a very slow speed and actually had my foot on the brake. The motor suddenly revved up, I felt the surge, stood on the brake pedal, but was unable to control the car. Although damage was minimal, I was concerned about another occurrence driving the vehicle and had it towed into the dealership. The service advisor said they have never heard of an incident like this with the Amanti. There are many reports of these unexplained acceleration incidents with the Kia Amanti online. Hopefully these people are reporting them to you. If this had happened while trying to stop at a crosswalk for pedestrians, someone would have been seriously injured. At the consumers request, the component was revised to speed control. 05/10/11

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #16

Apr 112011


  • miles


Incident 1: while driving at 60mph on an interstate the cars speed reduced to <10 mph then stalled followed a sudden acceleration. The car was towed to an authorized dealer who could not duplicate the problem but suggested that it was the computer. Computer replaced problem persist....incident 2:(1 month later)upon initial acceleration, the engine stalled and operated at a reduced speed followed by sudden acceleration without warning into traffic. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who was unable to duplicate the problem but suggested that it might be the throttle motor. Throttle motor replaced but the problem persisted. The manufacturer was alerted on both occasions. Now I am deadly afraid of driving this vehicle.

- New Orleans , LA, USA

problem #15

Jul 212006


  • 18,313 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Amanti. The contact stated that the vehicle would intermittently surge forward momentarily while driving at any speed. The contact also stated the vehicle would intermittently decelerate momentarily while driving at any speed. During the failures a check engine light would illuminate. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the throttle body assembly was replaced on three occasions. The failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was 18,313 and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Lees Summit, MO, USA

problem #14

Sep 142005


  • 93,000 miles
Driving on interstate in my 2005 Kia Amanti and the car accelerated on it's own. Car speed increased and then just stopped. When I restarted the car, it started but when placed in drive car was completely immobile. Brought it in to Kia of kenner and was told that the throttle needed to be cleaned. Problem fixed, so I thought...next incident was driving and completely lost power in the middle of a busy intersection. Got the car towed to Kia of kenner the said that computer module needs to be replaced..not this problem has not been resolved as of yet..

- New Orleans , LA, USA

problem #13

Jul 262010

Amanti 6-cyl

  • miles
Ever since I bought my 2005 Kia Amanti, I've had issues with the acceleration, lack of acceleration. I took it to dealer when it was still under warranty to let them know sometimes it had no power on initial take off and I would have to just drive it as is until it decided to accelerate properly. Other times I will begin driving from a complete stop and it feels like it just has a tremendous amount of power with the acceleration. I never reported the quick acceleration - I just figured it was the V6 engine, since I've always had a 4- cylinder engine. Now the dealer is claiming I need to replace my throttle body and that it is a $900 part. I have not experienced a car accident due to this problem.

- Liberty, MO, USA

problem #12

May 242009


  • 42,000 miles
While attempting to apply pressure to the accelerator pedal the vehicle hesitated. This occurred intermittently car appeared to be stuck in first and would not shift. The car does not accelerate smooth in lower gears - also, car lurches when stopped at intersections - rpms are erratic dealerships say they cannot replicate this has been ongoing for over one year cannot afford to drive this car / cannot afford trade in- researched on internet found hundreds of similar complaints at just one site - www.Kia-forums.com/archive/F-221.html

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #11

Jan 162010

Amanti 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Amanti. When the contact attempted to accelerate from a stop he noticed that the vehicle will surge forward uncontrollably. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that the failure could not be reproduced and could not be serviced. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 60000. Updated 05/07/10. Updated 08/26/10.

- Ocean Side, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 022010


  • 52,000 miles
We have had our 2005 Amanti into the dealership several times with complaints of "sudden acceleration" or jack rabbit type of starts. This problem has caused several near misses, but no wrecks so far. Each time we are told by the dealer that they can not duplicate the problem and no repair is made. The last time we took it in, we contacted the factory to get them to help. They kept the car for 4 days and still have not replicated the problem. This problem only occurs once or twice a month, so it is not surprising that the mechanic could not replicate it. The dealer tells me that Kia will not let them do any repairs unless they can duplicate the problem. I verified this talking to Kia factory customer service representative. Their plan is to do no repair unless the problem becomes constant. Needless to say, I feel this leaves my driving family in a potentially dangerous position.

- Granbury, TX, USA

problem #9

Feb 192010


  • 22,500 miles
Failure to move or accelerate from a stop, has happened approx 7 times in the last six months. Dealer can not find the problem, the car is at the dealers now because this problem occurred twice in the past week.

- Leesburg, FL, USA

problem #8

Dec 182009


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Amanti. While approaching a stop light, the rmps increased rapidly, the vehicle accelerated and lunged into traffic. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by a dealer. The contact is concerned about the safety risk since a crash could have occurred. The failure mileage was 52,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #7

Feb 282008

Amanti 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Pulled out into a busy intersection - car crawled - did not respond to acceleration - lurched quickly into traffic almost causing an accident. Drove further down the road at 40 mph, car acceleration died almost completely, service engine light came on. I pulled off road, called my local Kia dealer from whom I bought the car. They were no longer handling Kia, had to have car towed an hour away and was told the throttle wire assembly was cleaned out and repaired. This was in January, 2008. February 2008 I took car to shop to have brakes checked - tech took it out for test drive. When he came back he asked if it had a problem with severe hesitation. I told him it was fixed last month (under warranty). He said he pulled into busy traffic twice and the vehicle failed to accelerate, almost causing 2 accidents. I drove the car back to work, acceleration failed once again and check engine light came on and stayed on. Going to have to have it towed an hour away for them to look at it again - meanwhile I'm without any form of transportation ( cannot get loaner) once it's fixed I will have to pay someone to drive me an hour away to pick it up! they need to figure out the problem - I have seen numerous complaints on the internet about this. It's causing me to be paranoid about even driving it, not knowing when it might happen again!

- Horseheads, NY, USA

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