pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,904 miles

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2004 Kia Spectra suspension problems

suspension problem

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2004 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 202011

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 60 miles


The warning light on the Spectra 2005 4-door has been a problem from day 1. the light keeps going on and off. When I brought it back to the dealer on a number of occasions, the light went off so they were never able to determine the problem. Now the light is permanently 'on' and I don't know if it is working or not. It is definitely a concern and it is a definitely a problem. In addition, the timing belt keeps loosening on a continual basis. I have repeatedly bought it to my mechanic to get it tightened. This should not be the case. The timing belt, once fixed, should remain in tact at least for a length of time (not a month!). that the warranty has expired, the light remains on. Whatever, I have been very unhappy with the car. Am disappointed. I realize the cost was a significant factor upon purchase, but my Hyundai at the same cost break (actually lower) proved to be a significantly better car. I gave the Hyundai to a friend of mine and it is keeps on ticking. It is still in service and runs better than the Kia at over triple the mileage. In addition, the entire suspension replaced at 65,000 which is unusual as I do not drive the car hard and I avoid bumps.

- Eastchester, NY, USA

problem #2

May 012005

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,000 miles
: the contact stated at all driving conditions the vehicle rocks back and fourth due to the suspension. At higher speeds the condition worsens. The dealership has been alerted however they are unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer has been alerted who went by what the dealership determined.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #1

Sep 292004


  • 1,651 miles
When starting the vehicle there would be a heavy vibration in the steering wheel. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

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