really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,017 miles

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2005 Kia Spectra engine 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

Aug 232014


  • 114,702 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Spectra. The contact stated while driving 70 mph attempting to accelerate to pass another vehicle, the vehicle made a loud popping noise and immediately decelerated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the crankshaft position sensor total ring had failed and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 114,702.

- N Attleboro , MA, USA

problem #2

Jan 202010

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 93,367 miles
Pulling out of a driveway to center lane and then merging with traffic, the vehicle would not accelerate. Rpms would flare, but car had no power as if engine was not getting fuel. This would happen intermittently. Vehicle was taken to dealer who stated gas had gotten into an emissions part in the fuel take, stating it was caused from over filling the tank. Vehicle owner told dealer that the tank had never been over filled or capped off while fueling the vehicle, so the part must be defective. Vehicle owner still had to pay to replace canister close valve. Dealer claimed that RPM flare up and loss of power was caused from the clutch slipping, although RPM flare up never occurred while dealer had the vehicle. At 100,000 estimated miles, the same fuel valve needs to be replaced again, and to date, the fuel tank has never been over filled.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 102013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that while traveling 60 mph, the engine failed. The contact stated that the vehicle started to overheat and exhibited a knocking sound prior to the failure. There was a leak in the radiator that caused the radiator to run dry and not send coolant to the engine. The vehicle had not been to the dealer or repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was unknown.

- Seattle, WA, USA

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