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2003 Kia Spectra

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2003 Kia Spectra Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- problemcar and 19 others

There is a fuel smell under the hood especially in the morning when I start it when it is warming up. The smell is strong inside the car also. I have found fuel at the end of the fuel rail, but can't find where it is coming from. Checked wires hoses no luck.I did have an emissions code set once, changed the gas cap, hasn't helped.
also off and on turns over several times before it will start. almost like it isn't getting fuel. Don't know if 2...

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

A defective AC compressor clutch assembly can cause excessive noise or vibration when the air conditioning is on. Improved parts are available. Replacing the faulty clutch assembly does not necessitate replacement of the complete AC compressor or evacuation and recharging of the air conditioning system.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The original alternator was incapable of supplying sufficient power to the battery when the engine was idling with electrical loads (lights, air conditioning). A new, more powerful alternator and reprogramming of the powertrain computer will commonly correct this problem.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may erroneously illuminate, signifying a fault with the front oxygen sensor when no fault exists. Replacing the electrical connections at the oxygen sensor with a repair kit available from Kia will commonly fix this problem.

Engine -- jallad

i could not find a solution although i have replaced by genuine parts the PCV valve and evap purge with it's hoses but the problem still their can you guide me to other causes or probable causes of this problem

2003 Kia Spectra Questions and Answers

ashley.morrison, 2003 Kia Spectra, Hutchinson, MN

There is a spark that jumps around on the crank pully. When it sparks it makes a loud ticking noise. We have no idea what's causing this and how to go about fixing it.

beingfrank, 2003 Kia Spectra, Dallas, TX

Front breaks are making noise and most likely will need new rotors or at the least turned. The break light came on about a week ago is this connected with needing break repair?

3girls, 2003 Kia Spectra, Palm Desert, CA

the lights are working but when I turn the key it wont start and make a loud clicking sound from the engine. NO check engine light is on and was working fine before this.

jennkenntyler89, 2003 Kia Spectra, Sheridan, WY

What all could be wrong if my emissions indicator light is on on my dash?

doccox, 2003 Kia Spectra, Henderson, NV

Do I need special tools to chance the front wheel bearings?

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2003 Kia Spectra Reviews

I paid $5000 cash for this car with 19,000 miles. It has been the best car i have owned. I changed all tear and wear parts at approximately 125,000miles as preventive maintenance. I changed the breaks at 130,000 and the clutch at about 150,000 (the mech said clutch was still good). At the time I bought this car, I had also bought a dodge truck.... Big difference in quality. I had to change all of the suspension parts and breaks on the truck at 60,000. The only problem with the kia is that the dashboard is delaminating and peeling back at the defroster vents. Also, the upper catalytic converter goes out at about 190,000miles(common in kias). Currently my kia has 251,000 miles and still going strong. I did change the battery at about 160,000m. Excellent car. Would buy another one except they jacked up the prices!!

My car has 101,000 miles and has been very mechanically dependable with only minor issues. I had to replace a $30 fuel pressure damper (easily done myself). The belt occasionally squeals on cold mornings even after tensioning it. The interior and exterior is very poor quality. Paint chips easily, body dents easily, knobs and switches fall apart, dashboard comes apart, etc. But for a cheaply made car, I've been pleasantly surprised by it's mechanical reliability, which is much more important to me than cosmetics.

Bought this car new in 2003 and it now has over 100,000 miles on it. I have had to replace the driver power window motor, a battery, tires and brake pads. That's it. This little car has run like a top. I lived in Missouri and drove it to Kentucky, Ohio several times, and California. Since I've been in California I've made several trips back to Missouri to see family and it has never failed me. For a cheap little car (about $12000 when we bought it) I have more than gotten my money's worth out of it and I will try to keep it going as long as I can. It has handled well in Wyoming snow storms when making my trips back and forth from California to Missouri, and has yet to fail me.

I purchased this car for my 18 year old, and I now know why I have never owned a Kia. It has 161258 miles and has been an electrical nightmare since the extended warranty expired. Basically IF YOU must purchase a CHEAP( not inexpensive) vehicle then buy a KIA, they are inexpensive because they are CHEAP in every way. The brakes fade after 10 -15 mile of driving in the city and always have(even when new) the maintenance is VEEERRRY expensive. think Lexmark (printers) it will cost you nothing to purchase, but will be very costly to keep. No to be biased but Korea is doing us no favor by making these CHEAP cars in America. They are perpepuating the stereo type of poor American workmanship.

All in all, this 2003 Kia Spectra has done well for us. Check Engine light comes on / goes off intermittently, and had to replace exhaust flex pipe; otherwise, just normal maintenance. Body fit and finish is main complaint. Reasonably roomy, good mpg, quiet and smooth running.

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