Last post on Jul 09, 2009 at 3:35 PM
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Kia Spectra, Interior, Sedan
Oct 17, 2006 (4:02 pm)
Those pics help for sure! My mind was picturing the dash covering having separated from the backing for some reason, but now I can see that it's like the dash has buckled up like some clip holding it down gave way or something like that. Does it look like the dash has moved towards the interior of the car and slipped out fromunder what's supposed to be holding it down and hiding that raw edge?
Having a body shop or detailer take a look at it might not be a bad idea since it's possible there might be a very simple fix. We don't want to create any problems we don't have to! But now that you have pics of it up on your CarSpace, people can look at it and offer their thoughts.
let's see if I can get it to post here:
We can talk about this at the chat again tonight if you'd want to as well!
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#7 of 15 Re: Hmm [pf_flyer]
Oct 18, 2006 (5:01 am)
Hey! That gap at the bottom of the pic used to have a defroster grill cover. On each side (driver/passenger) these grill covers broke and I removed them. The pieces did not appear as if they would have held down the dash, but its a possibility. Perhaps the solution will be easier than I first thought. Will look up the chat if I am at home in time for it. Thx
Oct 18, 2006 (5:23 am)
That could be it because just fromlooking at that picture, it doesn't appear that that dash itself cracked or tore. That looks like a raw, but finished edge on the dash.know what I mean?
#9 of 15 Re: Ah [pf_flyer]
Oct 18, 2006 (6:22 am)
True. It definitely has not cracked. It just 'came up' once the vents broke.
#10 of 15 Seems like
by pf_flyer HOST
Oct 18, 2006 (7:32 am)
Almost has to be that the vent covers were holding that edge down!
#11 of 15 Going to rename this one
by pf_flyer HOST
Oct 18, 2006 (7:34 am)
Since we don't have a discussion for interior issues, I'm going to rename this one to make it our general discussion for interior problems and questions.
#12 of 15 Re: Hmm [pf_flyer]
Oct 23, 2006 (5:31 am)
i live in Texas, and own a 1995 kia sephia.
when i bought it, the dash had peeled back so bad, i had to take a knife and cut it off so i could see the road.
I think this is an on-going problem with kia dashes, When they experience alot of sun exposure, expecially in the Texas heat. I say this, because i've seen other kia's with the same problem.
That being said, this car is the most reliable car I have ever owned. - minus the window & door - lock problems
#13 of 15 Re: Hmm [lorn]
Oct 23, 2006 (3:19 pm)
I had a 1999 Sephia, that I traded in for this 2003 Spectra. The Sephia experienced nothign like this, and I treated it the same way, kept the dash treated and clean. It was a damn good car though! I put 102K miles on her before trading it in back in 2003. The Spectra has been excellent mechanical wise, the dash is just a surprise to me as to how it is coming up. Spoke with KIA about it today, waiting for a reply.
#14 of 15 Re: A picture would help :) [pf_flyer]
Jul 09, 2009 (3:27 pm)
I have a 2003 spectra with the same problem. My defrost vent is is still in place. I found that I can push the dash back in to place. The left side of the vent broke and I am having a hard time finding a new one. Any idea were I can find a new one????
#15 of 15 Re: A picture would help :) [rsg3]
Jul 09, 2009 (3:35 pm)
I purchased 2 new vents that I thought I could easily replace myself. However, the dash has to be removed as they fasten in from underneath! I still have the vents, i you are ok with it, email me at dbjr76yahoo and I can send them to you, as I took an alternative approach to the matter. KIA wouldn't do anything for me in regards to the issue except tell me for $750 they could replace the dash.