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Pros: 5 speed
Advice: RUN RUN AWAYtest drive was good but now i have had the car two weeks it has broke down twice i made a mistake don't make the same mistake i did. run away fast if they say i have a nice kia for sale!!!
Pros: It has four wheels
Cons: ... everything else about this vehicle.
Advice: Save yourself the headache and get *ANYTHING* else. Even a moped would be preferable.Worst possible choice for a vehicle, EVER. Drove it off the lot at 11,000 miles. Took it in for service to have the wheel bearings replaced (under warranty) at 12,000 or so, again at 42,000 (warranty), and just a few months ago by an independant. Later, found a rattling in the rear when going over bumps. The Kia dealer couldn't find anything wrong with it, but an independant found the rear support to le loose. Made the dealer replace that undr warranty. A few more thousand miles, found the rear break cylinders to be leaking (drums and shoes were GLAZED). They said a little leakage is normal. Um... not when one of the cylinders is actually missing part of the end cap. $600 worth of break work later (at least SOME of which should have been warranty)... And just a few weeks ago, the transmission siezed at 78,000 miles; it's going to cost around $1,400 - $1,800 for this repair. Admittedly, I may be harder on cars than most, but my '97 Mirage had over 173,000 miles on it and not a single major issue. Paid $10k for a car that, in less than three months, had plummeted in KBB value to less than $6. Now? I'd be lucky to get $2,000 for it. Stay. Away. From. This. Company. The dealer will fight you every which way to avoid honoring the warranty (having the oil changed elsewhere will void the warranty on the seal of the oil pan, for example... yes, that was replaced, too), and as for the car itself, I'm sure they're built out of parts from gumball machines.
Pros: The look of the vehicle is the only good feature.
Cons: Repair shop.
Advice: Do not buy any Kia vehicle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I purchased a 2004 (in March 04)with everything. I had my first oil change and found out my transmission was leaking. It in now Jan. 05 and I am still having transmission problems. I have taken it into the shop several times. They have supposedly changed a gasket and other things. Now my check engine light is on and I am suppose to take the car back and have it rewired. I also have a stripped out air filter box, which was not messed up before the transmission service, that they will not fix. My transmission now does not shift properly. I am considering legal action. A friend told me about problems with the Sedona Van. Their favorite excuse is 'Kia knows that they have problems with wiring and have steps to fix it.' My friend says she was told the same but about the air conditioner. DONT BUY ANY KIA!!!!!!!
Pros: The body style.
Cons: I wish i got a radio with a CD player and more bass.
Advice: Test drive, and don't expect too much.I bought the car for my wife as new in 2002 and I enjoy the car to this very day, even through my wife drive it most of the time. After 27K the car had to be taken back twice to get the PCV fixed. The service department didn't run the car serial number through the system the first time, because there was a recall on that part. If they would have done that it the first time would have been taken care of. Other then that, it's been treating my family extrmely well. Take off from a dead stop, is slow, but what can you expect from a 4 cylinder. I have know problem with the braking, it's good on gas, and I like the style. It's nice and sport for the GSX.
Pros: Looks nice
Cons: Kia highly reluctant to honor warranty.
Advice: Stay away! Don't even turn in the driveway.Although Kia uses it's 'excellent' warranty as a hard selling point, they fight every way they can to keep from honoring it. The car had vibration and knocking in the front a week after purchase. After three trips to the Kia dealer, it was not resolved. The mechanics said they could not figure it out. One trip to an independent revealed that the wheel bearings were shot. At approximately 12,000 miles. The dealer reluctantly made the repair, giving the argument that the bearings weren't really 'that bad.' A few thousand more miles up the road, the brakes were shot and the rear-cylinders were badly leaking. Again, discovered by an idenpendent. The Kia shop informed us that rear brake cylinders typically leak 'some' and that they did not need to be replaced. The dealer which sold the car advised us to get three bids on repairing the car and take it back to the shop. Frankly, all three independents were shocked that the Kia shop said leaking brake cylinders were common. After inspecting the car at the shop of an independent, it appeared that the whole end-cap had broken loose from the main cylinder. After much time and expense to get the estimates, Kia reluctantly made the repair and again argued that the leakage was normal and they were doing it in the name of 'good customer relations.' We also found out the hard way that, if you allow any other but the Kia shop to service your car, you run the risk of Kia not honoring its warranty on any part the independent might touch. Stay away from this company. Veracity and honor are not its name.
Pros: power mirrors
Cons: slow take-offs
Advice: If price, quality, and dependability are all important I recommend this buy.I was impressed. My wife and I were looking for a rather inexpensive car at time. Something that would give good gas mileage and be dependable. While the 128hp 4-cylinder engine doesn't wet the appetite, it actually handles quite well on the highway. The LS model is what we looked at giving you all the options you can find in a higher class luxury sedan. Braking at high speeds can be a little shaky, but it is evenly distributed at stopping points. Another attractive buy is the 10yr 100,000mile warranty. I'm pleased, although my wife drives it I steal it and leave here my pontiac grand-am every now and then.
Pros: Great Handling and a Smooth Ride
Cons: Little less horsepower than I'm used to
Advice: Try to buy late in the year, they'll give you even more discounts.I needed something economical to get me to and from work and the KIA Spectra filled that role perfectly. It's a great little car for an unbelievable price. I looked at a Toyota Corolla as well and frankly, despite what the salesman tried to tell me, it wasn't worth the extra $3000-$4000 for me to have that little logo on the front of my car. The salesman was very fair, answered all of my questions, and even got me an unbelievably low interest rate for my financing. I will definitely be buying from KIA again.