really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,984 miles

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2006 Kia Spectra engine problems

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2006 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 072015

Spectra 4WD 4-cyl

  • 1 miles


I was approaching germantown avenue from mt. Airy avenue with the expectation of making a right hand turn on to germantown avenue when the car accelerated without warning. I gripped the wheel and tried to recover control of the car and was successful within inches of a vehicle turning onto mt. Airy avenue. The accelerator took control of my car (and me).I recovered control of my car. Later in the day while driving the same event happened with the exception of the fact that I was not in a "turn mode"

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

May 032010


  • 44,112 miles
2006 Kia Spectra...the vehicle will not disengage the cruise when the brake is depressed and/or the cruise is turned off.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 152006

Spectra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
: the contact stated while stopped in a parking lot with brake pressure applied, the vehicle was put in reverse, and lurched backwards, crashing into a tree stump without warning. There were no injuries, and the contact was wearing a seat belt. The vehicle sustained minor damage to the rear. The police were alerted, and a report was taken. The vehicle was towed to a body shop to await inspection by the insurance adjustor. The manufacturer was not alerted.

- Jamison, PA, USA

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