definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,667 miles

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2003 Kia Spectra engine problems

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2003 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 152004

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


The contact stated when stopping at a stop sign or while braking or pulling into a parking lot vehicle revved and lurched forward. The vehicle was taken to the dealership numerous times. They were unable to duplicate the problem. Updated 1/11/2006 - the transmission line had come off and cause coolant to leak. The line was repair and transmission was flushed but transmission slipped. The transmission was replaced. The check engine light illuminated three times and the dealer replaced the throttle position sensor three times. The engine light illuminated again and this time the dealer replaced the gene pulse assembly. The engine control module was reprogrammed. The engine ran rough intermittently. The dealer replaced the idle speed actuator.

- Gridley , KS, USA

problem #2

Jul 062004

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
While driving at 60 mph and without any warning, the check engine indicator light illuminated. Suddenly, the engine slowed down and stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealership who could neither duplicate nor correct the problem.

- Lexington Park, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 112003


  • miles
While driving at 15mph engine locked up. Vehicle was towed to the dealer and diagnosed with water inside the engine. Dealerwon't cover the guarantee.

- Desoto, TX, USA

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