really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,500 miles

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2005 Kia Spectra body / paint problems

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2005 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 202016


  • 80,000 miles


My son was in a collision, he rear ended someone, the whole drivers side in totally caved in and the airbags did not deploy.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #3

Sep 182013

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
One blinker light would flash faster then the other. The radio would randomly scan stations continuously. Battery would die. 9/28/2013 when vehicle was started, all the lights in the vehicle began flashing/blinking and the car made a buzzing sound. When key was removed the flashing and buzzing continued for a minute longer. After a jump start the car started, but the blinker lever would no longer go down to turn on left blinker. Later that day aaa tested the battery which was no longer holding a charge and had to be replaced. Within the first year of ownership: Front spoiler fell off while driving on the highway and replaced by purchasing dealer at no charge. Electrical on windows was intermittent, Kia dealer in Ontario (that is no longer in service) refused to do repairs, which were under warranty, stating they could only do oil changes on the weekends and refused to provide a rental car for the repair to be done during the week. 5/5/2014: Requested a warranty report for vehicle from Kia corporate and they stated they do no have record of that information. This particular vehicle was used by Kia for testing purposes on multiple occasions.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 122012


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that while attempting to exit the vehicle, the door failed to open. The contact pulled the door panel off and noticed that the linkage and the latch were both fractured. The contact could only open the window and the door from the exterior of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they advised that the latch and linkage needed to be replaced. The contact purchased the part and made the repairs himself. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 84,000.

- Cottage Grove, WI, USA

problem #1

Aug 272012

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The chrome layer on the plastic door handles inside the vehicle is delaminating from the underlying plastic handles. The sharp edges pose a laceration hazard to the occupant when opening the door.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

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