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#244 of 463 Re: doohickie and zoom.. [iluvmysephia1]
Sep 26, 2005 (9:52 am)
"Also, Kia seems to have done a very good job with these new Spectra's. I haven't heard much of anything about them having recalls or TSB's. The new Sportage has a recall (not a big deal either) and possibly a TSB or two out there but I haven't heard a thing about the new world order Spectra/Spectra5 models."
I posted the following info today on the Spectra Sedan board after finding it while doing some research on an Optima complaint I found online. It's a fairly minor recall (IMHO) as far as the number of units affected.
NOTE: This recall is 5 months old, and only affected a small number of units
Spectra recall info posted on NHTSA website:
Model and Year: KIA/SPECTRA/2005
NHTSA Campaign Number: 05V-183
Component affected: STEERING:LINKAGES:TIE ROD ASSEMBLY
Number of units affected: 368
Recall Date: 4/12/2005
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE STEERING TIE RODS MAY HAVE A MANUFACTURING FLAW THAT AFFECTS THE METALLURGY.
IF THE ROD CRACKS OR FAILS, LOSS OF VEHICLE STEERING CONTROL MAY OCCUR WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH
OWNERS WERE NOTIFIED BY TELEPHONE ON APRIL 8, 2005. AN ADDITIONAL LETTER IS BEING SENT TO OWNERS WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN THEIR VEHICLES IN FOR REPAIR. THIS LETTER IS EXPECTED TO BE MAILED DURING MAY 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT KIA AT 1-800-333-4542.
KIA RECALL NO. SC-047. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.
DATES OF MANUFACTURE: 02/22/2005 thru 03/28/2005
No injuries or litigation were reported as of May 2005 due to this defect.
The defect was found during a routine final vehicle inspection at the Hwasang manufacturing plant on March 23, 2005.
A total of 5,072 vehicles had suspect tie-rods. Only 368 were delivered to dealers and/or customers. 4,704 units were caught and corrected before being sent out to the dealers.
So..... if your car was built during the 2/22/05-3/28/2005 period, you may want to stop by your dealership to see if they can 100% verify that your vehicle was corrected.
#245 of 463 Re: doohickie and zoom.. [spectraman]
Sep 28, 2005 (3:19 am)
is there a seachable database where we can compare our VIN to manufacturer date?
#246 of 463 Re: doohickie and zoom.. [geomatics]
Sep 28, 2005 (4:43 am)
Isn't there a sticker in the door jam that included date of manufacture? Even if you're in the date window, it states that most of the cars were corrected prior to delivery. I used to work for an auto supplier, and something like this that could result in loss of steering, well let's just say they would go to extraordinary lengths to track down every single vehicle; the risk of losing many millions in a lawsuit is just too high not to.
#247 of 463 Re: Kia Spectra5 [csandste]
Sep 28, 2005 (7:45 pm)
I HAVE A NEW SPECTRA5 2005 AND I HAVE HAD SO MANY PROBLEMS WITH THIS CAR.
MY FIRST VISIT TO THE MECHANIC WAS FOR VIBRATION/SHAKING IN THE STEERING WHEEL AND VIBRATION THROUGHOUT THE VEHICLE AND A BLOWN SPEAKER.
SECOND VISIT TO THE SHOP CONSISTED OF THE FRONT GROUND EFFECTS FALLING OFF DUR TO FAULTY INSTALL AND I STILL HAVE NOT RESOLVED THE BAD VIBRATION IN THE VEHICLE.
MY THIRD VISIT WAS A RESULT OF THE VEHICLES REAR GROUND EFFECTS FALLING OFF, AND ANOTHER BLOWN SPEAKER AND THE BAD VIBRATION STILL NOT RESOLVED MECHANICS HAVE NO IDEA.
WELL I HAVE NOT BEEN BACK FOR THE 4TH TIME BECAUSE NOW I AM GOING INTO ARBITRATION WITH THIS VEHICLE DUE TO THE REAR GROUND EFFECTS FALLING OFF AGAIN AND I STILL HAVE A BAD VIBRATION AND SHAKE IN THE STEERING WHICH ALSO VIBRATES THROUGH THE FLOOR BOARDS AND ALL OF THIS HAPPENING WITHIN THE FIRST 700Mi.
I AM EAGERLY WAITING TO READ YOUR FOLLOW UP ON THE LONG TERM KIA SPECTRA5 ROAD TEST ! IF YOU HAVE HAD AS MANY PROBLEMS WITH THIS CAR I WOULD SURE LIKE TO KNOW.I DO OWN A 2005 KIA SODONA VAN AND I HAVE NOT HAD ANY PROBLEMS THUS FAR I REALLY LIKE IT, BUT KIA REALLY NEEDS TO WORK THE BUGS OUT OF THAT LEMON THEY CALL A SPECTRA5.
#248 of 463 Re: Kia Spectra5 [spectra5]
Sep 29, 2005 (5:42 am)
The attachment of the air dam is a know problem. Re. the blown speakers . . . I suggest turning the volume down. And, on the vibration, take your car into a good tire store and check the wheel balancing, plus the possibility of a bent wheel - it can happen with any car!
#249 of 463 Re: Kia Spectra5 [spectra5]
Sep 29, 2005 (11:47 am)
First of all, turn off your CAPS LOCK. It gives the effect of shouting at us. If you are frustrated with the car, fine, but don't yell at us about it.
Secondly, I tend to second the advice about turning your stereo down. If you want that much volume, put a system in that can handle it.
And third, you may or may not know that Kia is owned by Hyundai. You may be interested in seeing what Hyundai has to say about wheel vibration at this link. Once the site loads, click on NVH, then Tire/Wheel NVH, especially what they say about Radial Force Variation and the Hunter balancing machine. I suggest printing that out and taking it to your dealer. Good luck.
As for the ground effects, if I end up buying a Spec5 I plan on removing the front end spoiler and perhaps the rear. I like a cleaner look anyway and there have been a lot of complaints about the attachment of the spoiler, including in the Edmunds Long-Term Road Test.
#251 of 463 Kia recalling more than 70,000 LD Spectras
Sep 30, 2005 (6:58 am)
Kia recalling more than 70,000 LD Spectras
WASHINGTON (AP) - Kia Motors America Inc. said Thursday it was recalling more than 70,000 LD Spectra sedans because the computer operating the air bag system could confuse a child seat for an adult in the front passenger seat.
The recall, which will begin in late October, involves vehicles from the 2004-2005 model years.
#252 of 463 Re: Kia Spectra5 [spectra5]
Oct 04, 2005 (11:02 am)
that is all.
#253 of 463 Just wanted to add a comment about
Oct 04, 2005 (8:27 pm)
the Spectra5 front spoiler issue. I would think that Kia would be working on a better way to attach those front valance/spoiler low-hangers for future-built Kia Spectra5's.
Has anybody heard from a dealer's service department or salesperson that Kia is going to improve that issue about the lower front end coming off too easy upon normal light collisions up there?