really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,203 miles

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problem #4

Nov 302001

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100 miles
I have owned my 2002 Spectra since Nov. 2001. When I go to start the car up in the mornings the car will stall out and then when I go to re-start the car it will finally start the vehicle. I have taken it to the shop to have them look at the problem but to no avail the problem has not been fixed. They have stated to me that nothing is wrong with my vehicle. I have had to have my car in the shop over 7 times for numerous problems; the struts had to be replaced, the recall on the gas line, the check engine light coming on and one of the spark plugs had blown out of it.

- Lake Village, AR, USA

problem #3

Dec 012002

Spectra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,712 miles
Key will not come out of the ignition leaves battery on. Dealer fixed the tumbler twice, now will not fix anymore saying there is no problem. Told me if it should do this again to call road side assistance and they will tow it. This has been going on from Dec 02 only 9 months after buying the car. The problem is still not fixed.

- Inver Grove Hts, MN, USA

problem #2

Nov 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car will not start with first turn of the ignition, need to crank and step on gas about 3 or 4 times before car will start. Took into dealer service dept and reported the problem. They stated that they could not find anything wrong. Service dept told me that I would have to just wait until it doesn't start at all.

- St Cloud, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 202002

(reported on)


  • miles
Failure to start on initial startup of the day, engine stalls and goes dead. This is everyday, Kia doesn't know what problem is and has not contacted me to resolve problem. Problem started within 30 days of purchase and has gradually worsened, Kia had in shop over approx 1 month to fix problem and could not. We do not know if this could cause any problems in a rush hour traffic situation. This was not a previously owned car and Kia can not or will not fix the problem.

- Jacksonville, AL, USA