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Kia Spectra Problems and Repair Histories

Don't infer Kia Spectra problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Kia Spectra repairs by problem area

55% of the Kia Spectra repairs were to the engine, 10% to the transmission, 17% to the brakes, 3% to the suspension, 7% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 3% to the body and trim, and 3% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 29 repairs.

Kia Spectra repair cost distribution

Of the Kia Spectra repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 33% cost less than $100, 33% between $100 and $499, and 33% between $500 and $999.

Chart based on 6 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2006 Kia Spectra5 4dr Hatch

138-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Kia Spectra5 in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
200 Rear bumper and rear spoiler (body molding) after hit and run accident. Covered under uninsured motorists coverage. 
91000 60 Left rear brake pad wore out, metal to metal contact. Replaced both rear pads and the left rear rotor. After sitting overnight in cold weather, clutch engages abruptly instead of slipping to allow smooth engagement. After initial engagement, clutch operates properly. Believe throwout bearing and clutch disc is worn. No repair at this time. 
96000  
Kia Spectra5 in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Warranty replacement of transmission. 2nd gear syncros went out. 
103000 0 Broken piston ring, Engine short block replaced. 
135000  

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2006 Kia Spectra 4dr Sedan

138-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Kia Spectra in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
105 Changed spark plugs - problem solved. Misfire, Check Engine flashing, dealer confirmed misfires but blamed it on a dirty air filter, refused warranty. Tried to sell a $400 tune-up. Air filter looked ok. Told them to get lost, charged $90 diagnostics. 
0 Speedometer gets stuck intermittently. Dealer inspected, found no problem 
0 Speedometer got stuck again, was working by the time it got to the dealer. No fix. 
61040 60 Hesitation under load, especially with A/C on. Replaced spark plugs - one of them seemed to have a worn out GND electrode. Fixed Minor break fluid leak in the wheel cylinder. 
79980  

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2005 Kia Spectra

Engine not specified

Kia Spectra5 in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2011 83700    
83700 0 Replaced rear calipers recall Radio noise hum 

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2005 Kia Spectra 4dr Sedan

138-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Kia Spectra in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2010 52700    
65700 500 Door locks stick when frozen; door refuses to open/close 
67160 0 Squeeky belts when cold - belts replaced - still squeek 
68200  
Kia Spectra in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2013 158000    
164000 280 The car was hesitating and fuel economy went very low. Had new plugs installed. 
168000  
Kia Spectra in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
235 Found water pump noisy. Replaced it along with a new timing belt, although timing belt was not due for another 20,000 miles. Found water pump noisy. Replaced it along with a new timing belt, although timing belt was not due for another 20,000 miles. Water pump was under lifetime warranty from parts house when it was replaced at the last timing belt replacement. 
100000 0 Oil temp sensor wiring was cracked. I added new pig tail on it and plugged it back in. Works like a new one. 
Kia Spectra in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2010 48980    
50220 60 front pads worn to minimum replaced 
68180 0 Intermittant service engine light on. Code reader indicated pre-cat 02 sensor. Increased tension on terminals at plug in. So far ok. 
 
Kia Spectra in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2011 116000    
133000 800 AC not cooling. Was told the radiator was cracked and needed to be replaced. 

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