really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
147,661 miles

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2002 Kia Spectra suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 192015


  • 195,000 miles


A front tie rod broke, something in the steering column broke, and the air bag indicator lit up but no air bags deployed. The two front tires were not pointing in the same direction. I had it towed to a mechanic, and they said that the steering column issue likely caused a disconnect in a circuit, which can prevent all air bags from deploying.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #1

Oct 062007

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,322 miles
The rear driver tire went flat while driving 60 mph. The window was down and all of a sudden a tapping noise started to sound, when the car stopped because the steering wheel was feeling shaky, the tire had a rip in the side of it, the wires were showing, it looked like a cut but it had just happened while driving down the highway. It was scary to say the least. The tire has alot of tread left on it and I think the other matching set of tires may explode any day. Afraid to drive the car now with the tires being this way.

- Knox, IN, USA

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