New Kia Spectra Ratings

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    2002 Kia Spectra - GS (M5) Liftback

    Pros: The Hatch-Back.

    Cons: No Power-Locks.

    Advice: Make sure you research other vechiles to see the deal you get with this car.

    This car rides so smooth! It has virutally no road noise on or off the interstate! It could possibly use some more horse power, but other than that there is absolutely nothing to keep some one from buying this car. It comes with a great warranty. It has great gas mileage. I can fill my car up and not ahave to stop for gas for at least a week and a half! It has a nice sporty look, but has enough room for a four member family! The hatch back gives you even more room for storage or luggage!

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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 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