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    2002 Kia Spectra - GSX (M5) Liftback

    Pros: comfortable ride

    Cons: need a few more horse power

    Advice: Make sure if you want remote controlled mirrors you ask for Electrically controlled!

    I bought a 2001 GSX with cruise option. Quieter than I had expected. Performance improved once it was broken in. Heat comes on faster than any other vehicle I have ever owned, even on very cold days. AC Worked great. A little low to the ground when entering and exiting. Comfortable for 4 with no problem. I love the hatchback since it keeps me from storing junk there like I would in a regular trunk.

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    2002 Kia Spectra - Base (M5) Sedan

    Pros: price

    Cons: Quality, Ride

    Advice: Buy ANY other brand.

    My friend, who doesn't read before she buys, bought the p.o.s. Sephia, thinking she was saving money and not giving up quality in the meantime. I told her to buy a civic like anyone else who wants reliability, but she had to be cheap. In 6000 kms, her transmission went TWICE. Sure, the car is covered under warranty, but she's been left roadside twice. I would recommend reading Consumer Reports, the only non-subsidized source of advice out there, and they will tell you the truth about KIA's awful quality and worse ride. I just sold a 1995 Accord with 210,000 kms and had NO problems with it, EVER. I bought a new 2002 civic three months ago. It's already shown its value beyond the KIA, and you can only imagine what resale and quality will be like in 4 years or so!

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    2002 Kia Sedona - EX

    Pros: PRICE & LOOKS - Leather Seats.

    Cons: No power sliding rear doors & or security system.

    Advice: Forget the 'KIA' image - compare the features & the price!

    I was amazed! I had looked at the GM, Ford, Dodge and Honda Min-Vans – and for the price and standard options available I was sold. We bought ours for about $1000 less than MSRP – it came with the optional side body molding, leather bucket seats, Anti-lock Breaks and Home Link (fancy garage door opener) plus all the standard features – electric rear window (pop-out), fog lights, rear heater, rear A/C controls, rear window defroster, front window & side mirror deicer, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, overhead lights (7), clock/trip computer, STORAGE, & CUPHOLDERS (everywhere) and MORE. A similar Windstar with all the extras to match would be almost $8,000 more. The only major item it doesn’t have is power rear doors. The 3.5 liter engine with the 5 Speed Automatic provide plenty of power thru all speeds. The standard options are amazing – the rear heating work great (hasn’t been hot enough to really test the A/C). The sound system (AM/FM/Cass/CD – 6 Speaker) is equally to many luxury car system – far better than some of the other mini-vans I looked at. The ride is very smooth and quite, engine noise is extremely quite. The seats are all very comfortable, and there is plenty of leg room – the rear seat are a little difficult to get to with the optional bucket seat in the middle and the head room is a little close for adults, but the kids have no problem. I was told when I bought it that it was design to get a five star rating from the government, but that it had not been tested yet. Since then it has been tested and did receive the five star rating, so if safety is a concern this is the van for you – unfortunately the extra weight does reduce the gas mileage, we are getting around 18 during normally driving (better than the 15 they said). If you are looking for a min-van – make sure to check this one out!

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    2002 Kia Sedona - EX

    Pros: engine and transmission

    Cons: no fold away seats

    Advice: If you are considering a minivan,you have to check this one out.

    If you could fold the back seat away like the honda odyssey,this would be the best van at any price,lexus like confort and ride,incredible for a vehicule this price,KIA you have done an excellent job.

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    2002 Kia Spectra - GS (M5) Liftback

    Pros: ease or reaching the controls

    Cons: noisy interior from the engine at expressway speeds

    Advice: you will like this car

    A good car for the money, surprisingly spacious interior, the ride is smooth. A very nice care for the money

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    2002 Kia Sedona - EX

    Pros: Rear air

    Cons: The rear seats aren't stowable within the van.

    Advice: Compare value to similar models!

    The van is reasonably priced with all of its options. The model we drove had leather interior, sunroof, two tone body molding etc. The van comes equipped with 8-way driver seat and 4-way passenger seat auto. Rear air/with vent over every seat. The rear vent windows are elec as well as everything else[except the two side doors:(] The van has plenty of leg room, front and back. I was amazed at how quiet it was inside. Roadnoise is minimal and the engine is undetectable. This is really an amazing vehicle. Honda Odyssey minus the stowable rear seats, but $10,000 less.

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    2002 Kia Sedona - EX

    Pros: I enjoy the sunroof/leather package along with the quality of the radio/CD player.

    Cons: Gas Mileage and cargo space with all three rows in.

    Advice: Buy the EX model

    The test drive went very well. I was overwhelmed by all of