really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,576 miles

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2006 Kia Amanti Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 102016


  • 82,000 miles


When pushing the gas pedal after stopping for a light, engine is sluggish and will not accelerate, almost causing an accident. Had it in the repair shop several times, cleaning the accelerator position switch contacts, and various other wiring checks. The last repair replaced the computer control module at a cost of more then $2,000. This problem has been reported many times by other owners on the repairpal web site. So far, no recall notice has been issued. Kia is reaping the benefits of all the problems we all have been having.

- Elburn, IL, USA

problem #8

Mar 022015


  • 63,000 miles
Sluggish acceleration, lost power, unable to move car off road which could have caused an accident. This has happened to my family on five different occasions. This problem has been reported by many people under the repair pal web site (see below) "another person reported the "accelerator position switch may fail and cause sluggish acceleration" problem on their Kia Amanti" to view their report, click here: repairpal.com/accelerator-position-switch-may-fail-and-cause-sluggish-acceleration-023 thanks for visiting repairpal! this problem has cost me over $2000 for the replacement of the cars computer board and reprogramming of said board.

- Elburn, IL, USA

problem #7

May 142014


  • 90,000 miles
After driving the car slowly lost power, my foot was on the gas, but it would not go any faster. I noticed this problem seems to happen after the car has idled for long periods. Then it gets power back after car has left to set 30 minutes to an hour. This has happened 3 or 4 times this year. On the interstate and city. Leaving me and my family stranded each time. So far this has just happened in the hotter months. Once it sits it doesn't happen again. Making it hard to take any where to get it checked out. The car stereo also is cold natured for some reason. In the winter it likes to change stations or cds until the car has warmed up. I have never heard of this.

- Miami , OK, USA

problem #6

Jun 142012


  • 82,000 miles


The contact own a 2006 Kia Amanti. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that they could not find the failure. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure mileage was 82,000 and the current mileage was 85,000.

- Tacoma , WA, USA

problem #5

Sep 012009


  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Amanti. The contact stated that the vehicle surged forward while driving at low speeds. The failure occurred moments after starting the vehicle while driving under 10 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on numerous occasions, but they were unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 22,000.

- Moxee, WA, USA

problem #4

Jan 172011


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Amanti. The contact was driving approximately 10 mph and began to slow down in order to make a turn. When attempting to accelerate there was a low engine power response with hesitation. The accelerator pedal was applied numerous times, and then suddenly an excessive acceleration occurred causing the vehicle to crash into a house. A police report was not filed. There were no personal injuries. The vehicle and the house sustained extensive damage. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 49,000.

- Burlington, ID, USA

problem #3

Jun 242010


  • 58,000 miles


Car just loses power then has an acceleration of power where it is out of control. This is a 2006 Kia Amanti and has the problem since we bought it 2 years ago. Kia has not been able to fix it even though we have had it at the dealer's several time. What happens is you try to accelerate and there is no power, then the car has a power surge which takes the driver unaware. This is a very dangerous situation. It only occurs about once a month and the dealer says they can't duplicate the problem. They have changed the throttle sensor the last time and it didn't fix the problem.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 022007

Amanti 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The slightest touch of the gas will cause it to lurch forward, but also it lags, you can push the acceleration deep and still not much response. Usually this is what happens I'll back out of the driveway, put into drive, touch the gas, and it will lurch. Back off the gas lurch again. Full stop and then the car will run just fine. I have had the car into the dealer they say they can not find a problem.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 272006

Amanti 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,187 miles
- the contact stated that while attempting to accelerate from a stop the vehicle would not accelerate. This was an intermittent problem. If the vehicle did accelerate, it would do so very slowly and the rpms were running as though the consumer was traveling at an accelerated speed. The contact stated that this could happen anytime of the day. The contact stated that sometimes when trying to pass another vehicle on the highway at a speed of 60 mph the vehicle didn't accelerate into overdrive. The contact took the vehicle to dealership on several occasions, the most recent being 11/27/06. The contact did have the service mechanic perform a test drive and he did notice the problem with the acceleration. The contact stated that the dealership has contacted her and told her to come in and pick up her vehicle, she was told that they had to reprogram the computer system in the vehicle. Updated 1/22/2007 - the dealer returned the vehicle to the consumert with any repairs being made.

- Sunset Beach, NC, USA

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