fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,657 miles

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2005 Kia Spectra suspension problems

suspension problem

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2005 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #2

May 252008


  • 29,000 miles


I purchased the vehicle with 17000 miles on and the struts swaybar linkage and tie rods needed to be replaced at 17,500 and at 29,000 miles just 12000 miles the car would not stop properly and after investigation found the rotors and pads need to be replaced.

- Nedrow, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 052005

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 314 miles
Vehicle was driven 70 miles before passenger airbag system failed, 1400 miles before I determined the stalling problem was not operator error, and about 90 days before driving at highway speeds and finding a shake in the steering. The vehicle has been taken to the selling dealer 20 times with the airbag problem and steering shake un-repaired. SC0055 on the airbag issue, reprogramming the sensor(s) and replacing the seat bottom has not eliminated the problem or failures. 7 new tires have been installed and balanced, to include road-force balancing 3 times without correcting the shake in the steering. Vehicle has been test driven hundreds of miles at the dealers request.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

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