fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,864 miles

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2008 Kia Spectra fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2008 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 292008

Spectra 4-cyl

  • 4,180 miles


This has happened twice. The first time was on 12/29/08. The car would not start when my wife tried to back it out of the garage. The mechanics eventually determined that we must have overfilled the gas tank. Today -- 9/4/12 -- it happened again. I forgot about the problem we had in 08 and mistakenly filled up the gas tank. For the last 30 miles I've driven it, it has stalled out at least six times and frequently shuddered. I'm very concerned that it won't start tomorrow morning.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 072009

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 232 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Kia Spectra. Upon starting the vehicle, the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the fuel system sensor was replaced. The failure occurred three times. After each failure, the vehicle was taken back to the dealer who replaced the same sensor. The contact also stated that the motor shook, the brakes squeaked and the accelerator pedal became very hot. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the crankshaft was replaced. The failure mileage was 232 and the current mileage was approximately 35,000. Updated 04-05-13 the consumer also stated the crank shaft sensor failed.

- Houma, LA, USA

problem #2

Jul 192010


  • 42,000 miles
Kia vehicles, fuel system failure, mfg blames government for this, it is due to tank over fill, when fuel is up into fill neck it puts to much fuel in tank and inturn flooding some fuel canister of the system and this causes the vehicle to die, a severe design flaw, I have had three stall outs, the third almost caused a major accident I was pulling into heavy flow of fast moving traffic when the car up and died, mfg says nothing can be done to correct from a mechanical stand point cause it meets gov-specs, customer must not allow the tank to be over filled.

- Lanexa, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 302010


  • 17,045 miles
1. the check light on Kia Spectra 2008 remained on startup. 2. took the car to don beyer Kia in falls church, va. They ordered a part 31435-1ea00 sensor - fuel and installed it. 3. now cannot put fuel in gas tank.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

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