hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,275 miles

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2006 Kia Spectra drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 252016


  • 126,000 miles


Upon entering the highway, the transmission seemed to lag. I could not go over 50 mph. And oncoming traffic including an 18 wheeler seemed to almost stop or I would have been killed! this problem has developed over the last year where the car gets stuck in 3rd gear and acceleration is poor or the transmission does not change gears. If it sits for a while it has an engine light on and still acts up for a while then finally goes back to working correctly. The problem today was the first life threatening incident and therefore I believe it is a recall! this problem has been reported for 5 model years affected: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, more! this is life threatening and needs to be a recall as it has been found as a software update but others on line say there is a soldering problem in the transmission. This should not be something the public should be spending money on when it is a failure due to manufacture or a software glitch or both!

- West Richland, WA, USA

problem #2

Jun 302015


  • miles
From the 2nd day after purchasing the vehicle 6/27/2015 when I turned on A/C the car has been hesitating and stalling. Every time I started and stopped at lights or stop signs. And even in traffic. Making the driving experience unsafe.and so ive been complaining ever since. They said if check engine light came on then I wont be responsible for the expense. However the check eng. Never came on.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 062015

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 129,825 miles
I was waiting at a red light, when the engine started to speed up and the car started to pull forward even with me stepping harder on the brake. I put the car in neutral and the revving slowed down. This happened a few more times, including while trying to park at a mall. Luckily I was able to avoid and accident by shifting to neutral every time the car surged. This is a rental car, not my car.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

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