2009 Kia Spectra engine NHTSA complaints: Engine And Engine Cooling

NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,460 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2009 Kia Spectra engine problems

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2009 Kia Spectra Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 262014


  • 67,380 miles


While unoccupied vehicle with automatic transmission rolled forward several yards in parking lot on very slight grade though transmission was in "park, " engine was not running, ignition was turned to "off, " ignition key removed, and all doors were locked. Vehicle was driven into parking space and was last in "drive" before being shut off. Visual inspection of shifter cable indicated correct installation and no apparent defect. Pawl appeared to be engaging normally.

- Springfield, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 152013


  • 95,000 miles
My daughter owns a 2009 Kia Spectra a friend getting in the rear seat tried to open the door and the outside handle broke-off. About 6 months later the front inside driver-side door handle stop working. About 1 year later on Jan-31-2014 the front out-side drivers-side handle broke-off. Now no way to with no way to open the drivers door, this is very dangerous. With three handles broken there must be a recall on these handle. If there is not a recall, there should be one. Other problems with this, cam-shaft sensor had to be replaced, also the air-bag light is on. This car is junk, Kia should be ashamed of building it and selling it for $16,000 to $17,000.

- Lanett, AL, USA

problem #1

Dec 232008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Spectra. While driving 50 mph, the contact rear-ended the preceding vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy and the seat belt did not lock. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle has stalled at least five times since the time it was purchased. The contact feels that the vehicle is unable to be driven and wants a refund or another vehicle from Kia. The current mileage was 29,000 and failure mileage was 13,000. Updated 06/03/09 the windshield wipers worked intermittently, the rear lights were inoperative. The consumer stated the rear lights were replaced several times, because they were shortening out, . the transmission started shifting really hard and rough. The check engine light illuminated. Updated 06/04/09.

- Coal Township, PA, USA

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