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  • lightfootfllightfootfl Posts: 442
    It's nice to have friends like that. :) :)
  • geogeo Posts: 23
    If just a gas cap problem you can reset the light yourself, but may have to "train" the tranny etc. over again. I just disconnect the battery for a short time and the light goes away, along with any trouble codes. If you are sure that it was a loose cap this can work. Have not had to do this on my car, but have on my son's 2004.5 twice. Once when he lost a cap, the second time when the a parts store sold him a cap for the previous gen Spectra by mistake. George in Wisconsin.
  • Hi I have a 2004 spectra that has done the same thing since I bought it new. I have had it in the shop numerous times to be told nothing is wrong that its my (blonde) imagination.....please tell me what they found wrong. I also have had the problem with what feels like my transmission slipping ....also my imagination. Thanks
  • Well, I just purchased the 2006 Spectra 5 and it has the filter on it standard. I have driven a Volvo class 8 truck for a few Years and it has the same type of filter.
    I've noticed a big change in the volume of air when the filter is removed and after a few thousand miles it gets to the point you have to either replace it or just take the thing out.
    It gets dirty so fast that I just leave it out.
    Even when the shop puts a new one in during service I take it out because it just restricts the air flow too much.
    I never thought I'd see something like hepa filters in 18 wheelers 20 Years ago when I started driving, LOL! :)
  • arizonajoearizonajoe Posts: 123
    Hi all - I posted about a humming noise, back in post #316 or so. It's not coming from the right front wheel well as I supposed, but rather the right side (passenger side) of the windshield.

    It's loud, and it happens when I hit 75 or 80 mph. (The speed limit on interstates in Arizona is 75.)

    I've been to a couple of different Kia dealers several times. They resealed the windshield molding, and later replaced the entire molding. The noise persists, and I'm going to have to take it back in at some point.

    I own a 2004.5 Spectra EX sedan. Has anyone else had similar issues?
  • rce1rce1 Posts: 2
    Bought a 2004 kia used yesterday. Drove fine. Today the check engine light comes on and I restarted the vehicle. It disappeared. But since then the car races in park and jumps forward while foot is on the brake. I will try to return tomorrow as I am supposed to pay balance then. I want no part of it and I am sure the dealer knew there was a problem.
  • rce1rce1 Posts: 2
    Heard all kinds of horror stories on kia not honoring their warranties. Bought additional aftermarket warranty with used kia. Had car one day and have huge problems. Spectra. Anyone know if i can return it after 2 days? Runs same as when I bought it except that after 50 miles of driving it has engine/transmission/other problems.
  • jmnappjmnapp Posts: 13
    Kia products are awful. As previously posted, my transmission went out at 1,400 miles....before I even made my fist payment. I wanted another vehicle but they refused, just replacing the transmission. I refused to have a brand new vehicle that already had to have the transmission replaced and traded it in the same day I picked it up from having the new transmission put in. Kia dealers and customer service were awful through the whole experience. I'll never by another Kia/Hyundai product again. My advice, get rid of the car! You'll only have more problems.
  • serge79serge79 Posts: 10
    I just tried a new 2006 Spectra today. It's brand new, but there's already a rattle in the dash and in the driver's door! I can't believe this. There is also a strange humming sounds coming from the front of the car. I'm really not impressed. The Spectra is supposed to be well built. I don't think I should go for the Spectra. Anyone has an opinion regarding this? I'm very dissapointed.
  • spectramanspectraman Posts: 255
    A question to your question:

    Did the dealer only have 1 Spectra in stock? By that I mean, did you drive any others? If 2 out of 3, 4 out of 5, etc. drove fine and rattle/hum free, perhaps the first one you drove was the exception. Just a thought.

    My 2004.5 Spectra is hum and rattle free at 24k+ hard driven Michigan miles. Best (aka: trouble free) new car I've owned to date, and I'm over 40. :-)

    For sure, you are going to read about some Spectras with problems on the various forums. Ditto for all the makes and models. It's the nature of the beast.

    I just wouldn't write off the Spectra yet until you drive a couple of more.

  • serge79serge79 Posts: 10
    Thanks for your answer & help, spectraman!

    Well... I tried 2 Spectras one was an automatic EX, this is the "mid level" model here in Canada. There was a strange humming coming from the front of the car when I pressed on the gas. I told the dealer and they tried it and said something was definitely wrong. In this car, I also had a constant rattle in the driver's door and a second one that was coming and going in the dash in front of the passenger. Everywhere they say the Spectra has a good fit & finish, so yes I was surprised. That first car had 27 km on it so brand new! The day after I brought this one back to dealer, I tried another midlevel EX manual this time. It was so new this one, the plastic was still on the seats! It had the same rattle in the driver's door. I could not believe it. I really don't know what to do. I may go for my second choice which was a 2006 Hyundai Elantra and I'm getting a good deal on it. :confuse:
    If you think roads are bad in Michigan you would not believe the condition of the roads here in New Brunswick, Canada. The winters we have here.... ;)
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 9,099
    You've probably noticed new discussions appearing all over the forums. What's happening is that we are closing generic, everything in one pile discussions like this and creating smaller discussions that deal with specific areas of interest.

    For example, here in the Kia Spectra/Spectra5 Group you'll now find:

    Kia Spectra/Spectra5 Accessories & Modifications
    Kia Spectra Audio & Entertainment Questions
    Kia Spectra5 Test Drive: What Did You Think?
    New Kia Spectra5 Owners: Give Us Your Report
    Kia Spectra: MPG-Real World Numbers
    Spectra Paint Quality?

    to name a few of the new discussions.

    When you are ready to post, please check the discussion list at the main Kia Spectra/Spectra5 Group page for the appropriate discussion to post in. If there doesn't appear to be a discussion for the issue or problem you have, feel free to create one. We can deal with accidental duplication of topics as things progress.

    Note that the Spectra and Spectra5 are grouped together here, so one discussion for safety, mileage, engine issues, etc. will suffice.

    Thanks for your understaning and help in making this group a great resource of information for Spectra/Spectra5 owners!

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