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2003 Kia Spectra Repair and Maintenance Costs

A guide to repairs, service, and maintenance costs for your 2003 Kia Spectra

2003 Kia Spectra Problems

Check Engine Light On, Engine Runs OK

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.

Battery Weak Due to Inadiquate Alternator Output

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.

Noise or Vibration When AC Compressor is On

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.

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2003 Kia Spectra Questions

brake light is on..brakes fine..why (1 answer)

brake light came on while driving yesterday. no sound or blinking and brakes fine.

catalyst and evap will not reset and there are no codes and I did drive cycles. (1 answer)

What do you suggest? Won't pass emissions due to readiness monitors.

transmission will not shift out of park and the wheels spin freely. can i fix? (1 answer)

car up on blocks. repaired many things from timing belt to fuel filter.While changing out the struts/the wheel hubs were moved all over. after assembly the car will not shift and the hubs turn freely, but together. not sure where to start. did i disengage the axel? is there a sensor? need more info?

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2003 Kia Spectra Reviews

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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 ...
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 cheapl...
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...

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