2003 Kia Spectra Ratings

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Kia Spectra 2003
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    2003 Kia Spectra

    Pros: Great gas mileage!

    Cons: I bought it used without an air conditioner. It doesn't bother me but 'some people....!!!!'

    This car has been a real trooper and I have put it through some trials. It has been there for me and we have taken some great road trips together. I'm just getting antsy for something newer.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 4 years
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    2003 Kia Spectra - LS (M5) Sedan

    Pros: BMW

    Cons: Toyota

    Advice: must buy

    I bought my Kia from delar in 2005 with 30k on it. so far so good all i did was just change tires, and oil thats all i did. if you are looking for car that has reasonble price with resonable performance i strongly recommed you to get Kia's specally Spectra modle.

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    2003 Kia Spectra - LS (M5) Sedan

    Pros: gas mileage

    Cons: the cost.

    Advice: Do your research first.

    Well the LS is not a bad car. My concern was when the car didn't turn on and I saw the lights in the dash board. Good on gas. Takes me a week for it to re-fill. I have had my car for almost a year. Bought it used. Took me 10 months till I had a problem.

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    2003 Kia Spectra - Base (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Price

    Cons: Service

    Advice: Any other car for pete's sake!!

    I bought this car for my girlfriend. She was so happy until about 6 months after we got it. The check engine light came on which they fixed. She didn't like the fact that after only six months something went wrong. October 2003 a Izusu Rodeo backed into her and dented the hood, borke the grill, and SCRATCHED the TOP of the bumper COVER (big words important). It was about $800 to fix and insurance covered it. We took her parents to Branson, MO. for Thanksgiving and didn't have any problems. In late January it developed a squeak in the right front suspension. The dealer said the strut was leaking. They decided to replace all 4?!? Three weeks later we got it back. They gave us a used car as a rental with what looked like blood stains on the seats and the wipers didn't work. It was a Daewoo. About a week after getting out car back it started squeaking again. We took it to a family mechanic and he said the strut was leaking. Also he noted that it didn't look like the struts had been replaced. Back at Kia they said it was the ball joints. We kept the car for the 5 days it took to get parts. When I picked it up it still squeaked. The service manager told me 'I don't know whats wrong with it.' That's amazing. I wanted to ask when he graduated from Automotive school....last week maybe? Then he said his technician noticed some damage and the car had been in an accident. I told him what damage had been done and what had been replaced and how it happened. He said that the problem must be because of the accident and they would not be able to honor the warranty for anymore work. I told him the damage and that the frame had no damage and the parts behind the grill and under the hood had no damage as per the bodyshop then what damage could have happened. Not only that but the only contact with the bumper was on top of it and it scratched it. His comment was the compression could of caused damage. What if I sit on the bumper I asked. Will the wheels fall off. He said that I should contact my insurance company and walked off. Funny it took over 4 weeks for them to find evidence of an accident. Of course if I had known that a car gets hit while parked and at less than 5 mph and immediately explodes I wouldn't have bought it. I took it to Ford and traded it in for a Ranger. I took a hit on the trade but with what I was going through and what I knew I was getting ready to go through, I said screw it. I have worked in the IT field for the past 7 yrs. If a tech of mine said to a customer 'I don't know what is wrong with it' he better have his resume ready. I have had several vehicles in my life and never had I been put off that bad by a dealer. Of all the vehicles that were warrantied none have been that much trouble. My advice is DO NOT BUY THIS CAR. Spend an extra 2 grand and get a bottom model Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Chevy, Dodge, etc., etc. At least their service will be better.

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    2003 Kia Spectra - LS (M5) Sedan

    Pros: the front is sporty looking

    Cons: the driver seat is not very comfy

    Advice: make sure your comfy in the seat driving

    Its a great little car for the price. the gas milage is good and it looks cute.The driver seat couuld be more comfy.

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    2003 Kia Spectra - GS (M5) Liftback

    Pros: warrantee

    Cons: comfort

    Advice: look elseware there must be something else out there for close to the same money

    A basic car with no outstanding features. The power is poor except on the open highway with no hills. Cumfort is dismal it is ok for short drives but if I nned to be in t for an hour or more I begin to hurt all over especially in the back. This car is noisy the windows are not tight. Gas milage is really bad I traded a bigger car with muc better performance and better gas milage

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    2003 Kia Spectra - LS (M5) Sedan

    Pros: 5 speed

    Cons: The price!

    Advice: Make you get the advertised price. (10,000)

    The Spectra Preforms great. It is easy to handle and has power too. I have no complains as of now!