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2005 Kia Spectra

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2005 Kia Spectra Problems

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.

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.

2005 Kia Spectra Recalls (Recent)

Engine, April 25, 2011

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On vehicles driven in areas where road salt is used, the straps that secure the fuel tank may rust and break. A broken fuel tank strap could allow the fuel tank to drop and contact the ground, which could result in a fuel leak. With any fuel leak, there is always an increased risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel tank straps and attaching hardware with zinc-coated parts. This recall is scheduled to begin during June 2011. The Kia recall number is SC090.

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Suspension & Steering, May 20, 2005

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On certain vehicles the steering tie rods may have a metallurgical defect causing them to brake. This could lead to loss of steering and an accident. The dealer will replace the whole rack which includes the tie rods free of charge. The KIA recall # is SC-047

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2005 Kia Spectra Questions and Answers

neb03, 2005 Kia Spectra, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, Edmonds, WA

how do i get the tranny to pull away from the motar becuse it wont seem to come off

Tarheel04, 2005 Kia Spectra, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, Denton, TX

What can cause the Speedometer to stop working? Is there a fuse to replace for this?

Visitor, 2005 Kia Spectra, Charlottesville, VA

What is the cost for a transaxle

kendo, 2005 Kia Spectra, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, White Lake, MI

engine wouldn't start. replaced battery and alternator. starts just fine now but wont stay running. what could be the issue now?

rgreen79, 2005 Kia Spectra, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, Orange, CA

had a diagonostic code PO700 don't know if that has to do with the ac or not

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2005 Kia Spectra Reviews

I have a 2005 Spectra Bought brand new and it now has 310,400 miles on it. Same engine and transmission. Timing belts done every 80k water pump done once and oil changes every 4k, I have gotten my money worth from this car that at the time I thought it was going to be just another throw away car later down the road but I keep saying to myself when it dies I'll get a new one. It still runs really well in fact almost to well and I think I'm going to have to just go buy myself a new car because I don't think its ever going to die. I've been really impressed at how well this car has held up. I sure wish they had continued to make these cars, I would go out and buy another.

I bought the 2005 Spectra in March of that year, it was my second KIA...it is still going strong and has moved me several times towing trailers as large as a trailer used to haul a backhoe. I have changed the transmission oil once, oil and filter ever 6000 miles and I spray used oil on the under body, on the paint all parts liable to rust under the hood and behind both bumpers.
put 20,000 km on a year average and have no complaints. I took it in to the dealer for new gas tank straps and that is about all..brakes, tires, oil changes.
When I move from this Country of Canada I will give it to one of my kids who I am sure will have a great second car which will last for years.

I bought this little car to commute in when I moved. I commute 45 miles each way to work ..90 miles a day ...3 or 4 times a week...since 2005! This car is the best little car Ive ever bought. Face it...I'm 58 years old and Ive had a few cars. I now have 264,000 plus miles on my 2005 Spectra 2005 and I am totally delighted. NOTE: I did get regular oil changes and new tires and brakes on time. At tax refund time, I go each year and get the extras and this car has not failed me. I still love it. Its starting to look a bit old now but I am still taking good care of it and it is lasting better than I ever thought.

I BOUGHT MY CAR NEW WITH 5 MILES ON IT (2005 KIA SPECTRA) IT HAS BEEN DOING PRETTY GOOD NO COMPLAINTS MUCH GOOD MPH ETC. BUT THE PAINT JOB IS VERY BAD IT IS PEELING OFF AT THE HANDLES,THE WHOLE BACK BUMPER ETC I AM TRYING TO SEE WHAT THEY CAN DO ABOUT THAT

We bought this car to replace a used 1992 Camry so almost anything remotely new was a wonderful change but I'm happy to say this little car has done a great job at serving its purpose. Good gas mileage (at least 28 mpg no matter city or highway), great warranty and zippy for a 2.0 L 4 cylinder engine. I gave mostly 3s and a few 4s because this car is a solid average car but is better than most cars in the same class. Kia has come a long way, especially in the US, and I'm sure we'll see better and better cars from them as time moves on.

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