New Kia Spectra Ratings

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    2002 Kia Spectra - LS (M5) Sedan

    Pros: 5 speed

    Cons: --

    Advice: RUN RUN AWAY

    test 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!!!

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    2005 Kia Spectra - LX (M5)

    Pros: The outside apperance of the car

    Cons: The horrible take off speed .

    Advice: Think twice about buying. I say this because they still have not fixed my car.

    Have had problems with a flash recall for almost the entire time I have had the car. Bought brand new and after the first couple of months, I thought the transmission was slipping. Come to find out there was a recall on some of the Spectra's. Lucky me. Well I am still waiting to have my car fixed. I am very unhappy with this car. Disappointed much since this was my FIRST NEW car. Would not buy again. Sorry fellows, fix my car or come up with a better deal to right what is wrong. I would love to hear from other people who has this problem.

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    2005 Kia Spectra - LX (M5)

    Pros: The interior - The seats are comfortable and they look much better that most of the Detroit offerings

    Cons: The transmission gearing. I'd like to see the rev's down around 1800 rpm's at 60 mph. The addition of a six speed would really help the fuel mileage.

    Advice: Check with your insurer before you buy. Your premiums may be higher for this car than you anticipate.

    I bought a 2005 Spectra as a replacement for a Ford Festiva, (built by Kia for Ford). So far the car seems reasonable and for the price paid ($7995) I think I got good value for the dollars spent. It has been back to the dealer once for new struts (not failing, just noisy) and the service experience was painless. If I could hope for one change it would be the addition of a six speed transmission. In fifth gear at 70 mph the car is wound a little too tight. I feel if it had another gear the fuel mileage would be much better. One thing that is disappointing is that the Spectra is rated as a catagory seven risk so the insurance premiums are higher than average. For a driver under 25 the insurance cost may be a negative.

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    2005 Kia Spectra - LX (M5)

    Pros: the 5spd, shifts nicely

    Cons: the lack of KIA response

    Advice: be prepared to fight with kia on this car

    I loved the looks of the car, however it was in the repair shop from about 400miles on, i have had to have the passanger airbag replaced 5 times now, the sensor was malfunctioning since day one. I like the way it handles on the road (seems to hug it). I do have to say that i am not pleased with the sound system in it. The gas milage sucks i get about 25 out of it and i live right off a main highway.

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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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    2005 Kia Spectra - LX (M5)

    Pros: nothing

    Cons: everything

    Advice: dont buy it.

    Well i bought the LX for my wife when it first came out in 2004. I liked the car at first until it started breaking down every week. The check engine light kept coming on and the car would sputter and jerk back and forth like it was running out of gas. i have taken it in several times so that they can replace the O2 sensors. this is the fifth time its been in for that problem. the mirror fell out of the visor, the speedometer says im going 50 MPH when i am really doing like 10 MPH, the car is a peice of junk i am never going to buy a KIA agian.

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    2006 Kia Spectra - EX (M5)

    Pros: over all looks and smooth ride

    Cons: seatbealt is hard to reach when winter coat is on

    Advice: check on shipping times .. i was told now there is a 3 month wait

    I traded in my Kia Rio Cinco 03 the thing was a little small for me. I got the 06 Sprecta 5 .(classic red) . WOW! nice car .. ride is so stable the local RR tracks are like little bumps! The motor has a lot of kick and the things looks are super hot. I know 2 people with the VIBE (04 & 05) they and I like the 5 a lot better. The Vibe is so noisy.. The dealer said I got the last red one in the area .. so they may be hard to get now ... but well worth the wait!!!