really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,000 miles

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2006 Kia Spectra body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2006 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 062013

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


I was involved in an accident going North to cross an intersection. The other party failed to yield going southeast at the same intersection. I did hit their vehicle, Dodge hemi Ram 1500, head on their right side. The airbag failed to deploy when in fact according to experts, it should have for this type of accident. Not to mention this is the second collision this vehicle has been in and the airbag has never deployed. There was no sign of the airbag not working properly prior to the incidents. Due do this, I obtained a head and neck injury and the car was totaled.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 062011


  • miles
Called the dealership of where I bought my Kia at, couldnt get a hold of them to set an appointment to go into the dealership to get the service done. I received a letter on June 6th, of 2011, and need to know what to do about this situation, and or to still to take it in? or... im not sure on how to handle this situation.

- Edgewood, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 232008

Spectra 4-cyl

  • miles
Their is standing water inside the dash I believe. You can smell stagnate water. On warm days car will steam up on inside of windows. You can also hear it moving around. Seems to be quite a bit of water.

- Lynchburg, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 062007

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Vehicle was purchased brand new from dealer in 2/06, brought regularly to dealer for any and all warranty/maintenance work. This year vehicle was brought to dealer because at times when the brake were applied the vehicle lurched forward and sounded as if the gas was being applied at the same time. Dealer assured this was the ABS kicking in, and all was well. The second time this occurred the vehicle in front of ours was hit, and accident report was filed. There was no property damage. The vehicle was again returned to the dealer because the paint was coming off the car below both rear doors on both sides, we were told this was due to salt and sand. However there was no other part of the vehicle effected, and we saw that on the 2007 Spectra there has been a guard added to ensure that this did not occur on the 2007 Spectra. However we were told that the warranty did not apply because we lived in a salt and sand state. Therefore, even though the car was washed weekly, in less than a year, it will simply continue to rust and we have no recourse.

- Cold Brook, NY, USA

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