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#113 of 127 2006 Spec 5
Sep 04, 2007 (3:54 am)
My 2006 Spec 5 has around 16500 miles on it. It is highly customized, KFX Performance header, KFX Perfomance cold air intake, no cat, Kia OEM Cat back center exhaust, automatic tranny, and I get 31 MPG. I got that mileage before the header install and am still getting that mileage afterwards. I have had no problems with any part of the car. I change the oil every 3000 miles. I use whatever oil is on sale. I use Wix or Purolator oil filters, no Fram products at all. Do not use Penzoil or Quaker State oil in any Kia product. They have too much parafan in their oil and will eventually give you problems. Ditch the factory plugs and put Iridiums in it you will see better mileage. Ditch the factory air cleaner. Use a K&N type filter for stock air systems or go to a cold air intake and K&N. You will definitely see a difference. The MPG I posted is in town driving on expressways and city streets with the AC on. This is my fourth Kia and since 2003 and have had no problems with the cars. I currently own a 2003 Sedona, 2006 Spectra 5, and a 2007 Rondo. For those that don't know, the 2.4L engine that is in the Rondo was co-developed by Hyundai, Kia, and Daimler-Chrysler. It is called the World Engine. The SRT engines that Dodge are using is the same engine that is in the Rondo. There are several other makes that will be using this same engine but that hasn't been released to the public yet. All will eventually have lifetime to the original purchaser warrantees.
#115 of 127 2008 Spectra 5 Check Engine Light
Jul 16, 2008 (6:55 am)
I am having the same problem reported here for 2007 models. The check engine light comes on. First 2 times I called service they said just tighten gas cap and then wait 3 days to see if the light goes of. I did and the light did go off, after 3 days. Since then the same proble has occurred 3 more times. The care was new in April 2008 and has 3200 miles on it. Is there any better gas cap available? I tighten it down to 5 or 6 clicks but the problem continues. Any other solutions?
#117 of 127 Spectra Crankshaft cracked
Aug 01, 2008 (6:48 am)
Just had my Spectra in for oil change and rotation and Firestone noticed that there was a crack in the crankshaft.
Does anyone know if this is covered by the powertrain warranty? The car is 6 years old and only has about 50,000 miles on it.
#118 of 127 Re: Spectra Crankshaft cracked [pizard]
Oct 03, 2008 (5:15 pm)
Powertrain warranty on a new one is 10 yrs / 100k miles for the ORIGINAL owner only, subsequently it's 6 yrs / 50k miles. I can't imagine an '02 would be any better.. My bet is it's out of warranty (unless you're the original owner)... only because it's so close... it always happens that way
#119 of 127 Re: Spectra Crankshaft cracked [ikillbugs]
Oct 03, 2008 (6:50 pm)
Well the dealership said it was an axel problem but then paperwork said crankshaft but regardless it wasn't covered by warranty even though we still have the powertrain warranty. We are original owners with only 50k miles on it and it's just over 6 years old.
Costs $600 for repair and 2 new tires damaged from crack.
#120 of 127 Re: Spectra Crankshaft cracked [pizard]
Oct 04, 2008 (10:36 pm)
Sounds more like a problem with a front axle.
I don't know how a tech could eyeball a crankshaft--an internal engine part--while rotating tires. Unless Superman had to get a day job.
Get the Firestoners to speak specifically, since this diagnosis does not make any sense.
Check with your KIA dealer, there is the possibility of a recall or they could do a warranty stretch.
Or the Firestoners could be lying, or incompetent.
It's been known to happen!
Second opinion, I suggest.
#121 of 127 Re: Spectra Crankshaft cracked [lamronh49]
Oct 05, 2008 (3:58 am)
OK, that makes sense since that's what the Kia dealership said, but regardless they wouldn't cover it since the axle wasn't part of the powertrain warranty (according to them).
#122 of 127 Re: Spectra Crankshaft cracked [pizard]
Oct 11, 2008 (9:27 pm)
Pizard, you might want to check a second source. Dealers have been known to make up stuff on occasion. It is probably not covered by warranty, since they get paid for warranty work. But I'd check with another KIA dealer or KMA (Kia Motors). There is also a fed. govt. site having to do with faulty parts and recalls, etc. but it's late and I can't bring it out of my memory banks.
Read your warranty book, it will explain exactly what is covered by the B-B and powertrain warranties. IIRC powertrain means engine and trannie only.
Good luck, an axle with a crack is not to be trifled with. You're fortunate it did not let go at speed. Not my kind of excitement.