hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,946 miles

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2007 Kia Spectra drivetrain problems

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2007 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #6

May 012016


  • 51,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Kia Spectra. While driving various speeds, the transmission would suddenly shift out of gear and the speed reduced. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the wire harness to the transmission was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 51,000.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #5

Apr 042012


  • miles
I bought the car at 50K miles and started having issues. Seal for windshield popping out, airbag light on passenger side stays on constantly transmission jerking, and doors auto locking in park position. Ball joints no good and had to pay put of pocket. Refused to cover warranty because I didn't buy the car new. Have to call locksmith to get keys out, cause I refuse to brake windows, that also are misaligned on drivers sd causing it to not close fully. Shame they can't warranty their car yet only convenient cover only buyer...smh refused

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #4

May 112015


  • 124,678 miles
I was driving on the interstate about 65 mph. All of sudden, the car lost all forward motion power. When I pressed the gas, the rpms increased, but the car did not get any power. The engine continued to run without problem. After stopping on the shoulder, I put the car in park and turned off the engine. After starting again, I put the car in drive, the forward power was working again and the car shifted fine. Transmission fluid was changed at 110,000 miles. Suspecting transmission, I took to a transmission specialist. I was given the following information: Error code P0750 shift solenoid; error code P0755 shift solenoid B; error code P0760 shift solenoid C; error code P0765 shift solenoid D. was given price quote to fix, but encouraged to contact Kia dealership about problem as they had seen this before on other similar Kia Spectras. Called dealership to inform them of problem. Left message, but never got a return call; and the one time I got a person, I was told that they would have someone from service call me back. Never heard from anyone. On May 16, 2015, the same thing happened, only this time turning the car off did not work and the check engine light came on. I was able to disconnect the battery and reconnect, then the car shifted again. Has anyone else had this problem" is there a recall? before I spend $2000, I want to know if Kia is avoiding my calls because they know there is problem" did internet search and have found similar complaints.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012008

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles


While driving my 2007 Kia Spectra- automatic transmission on 1/1/2008, down the road at 45mph, the car suddenly went from high gear to low gear and it stayed on low gear. I took it to the dealership to have it fix. They told me it was some type of relay that needed to be reset. They reset the relay that day. Since then it has happened two more times at higher speed, which the dealership fixed the problem each time. So that's a total of three times it has happened. Now, for a fourth time, it has happened again on 11/01/2014.

- Winter Garden, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 092014


  • 65,000 miles
I was driving on the highway when all of a sudden the check engine light came on and I lost all power in the gas pedal, ( you can floor the peddle and it don't go over 2000 RPM ) almost resulting in a collision. It only comes on when it want to, I had the codes checked at auto zone and they said its saying all the solenoids are bad. I looked up this problem online and there are alot of owners experiencing this same issue in the same year, +1 and-1, and with the same approximate mileage, it says that Kia has come out with an update to the transmission computer to remedy the issue, the Kia dealer wants an outrageous amount to update the computer, when discussing this with Kia corporate they said well if a recall is issued then we can get refund, but I don't have the cash to pay for the repair, an update should be free, they are acknowledging the defect, there for because of the danger it can cause a recall is in order...

- Watauga, TX, USA

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problem #1

Jul 062012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Spectra. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle began to decelerate. The vehicle began to shake and the contact noticed a smell similar to burning rubber. The police reported to the scene and assisted in moving the vehicle onto the shoulder of the road. The vehicle was not towed or inspected by a dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Luxemburg, WI, USA

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