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New Kia Spectra5 Ratings

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    6/21/2006 12:12:10 PM

    2005 Kia Spectra5 - (M5)

    Pros: look of the car

    Cons: how the car shakes on the freeway

    Advice: don't buy if you want a smooth traveling car

    Car steering wheel shakes bad from 68 and up, the dealership had car for a total of 19 days. They have replaced tires, wheels, had factor rep test drove my car, and now they are saying this is the way the car drives. When I bought the car they knew about shake and told me it would be fixed under factor warranty, not to worry. They kept the car and tried to fix the shaking problem, but now they are saying that it is just the way the car is designed. The service manager is now stating that they are no longer allowed to make anymore attempts to work on this problem as per the factory rep. They stated that it was only me who has complained about this shaking problem and that I was too sensitive of a driver. They say that all the cars do this, which is why this is as they say, this is the way the car was designed. I would not have bought this car if this was the case. They did get the car to stop shaking for a 24 hour period on 2 different times.

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    6/17/2006 2:00:31 PM

    2006 Kia Spectra5 - (M5)

    Pros: WOW a 5 year warranty! Talk about backing up you product!

    Cons: Driver seat only could use a little more leg room for taller (5' 9') people.

    Advice: Don't expect sports car power & you will be pleased.

    I give this car an A-. A wonderful design. And with a 5 year warranty, you almost can't go wrong! Nice tight steering. Great feel for the road. Reasonable power for 4 cyl., but certainly no sports car. Breaks feel solid. Car looks very sharp with clean lines/curves. Tinted windows really enhance the look. Comfortable, but long drives might be less so for a taller person driving the vehicle. There simply isn't anywhere to fully straighten the right leg when on cruise control. Rear seat leg room seems good, unless the driver seat is back, although pre-teens will be fine. Climate & radio controls are simple and work well. Overall, I really like this vehicle. The warranty was the decisive factor.

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    5/24/2006 12:08:27 PM

    2006 Kia Spectra5 - (M5)

    Pros: Space

    Cons: Dash

    Advice: Great car, def reccomended.

    Excellent, went from a 1.8t 03 jetta loaded to the spectra5. Much better gas, close in performance and much less electrical problems so far. Overall the car is great, gas mileage for me was above the rating. Beat all others I list below, I tested them all.

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    2/5/2006 1:59:16 PM

    2006 Kia Spectra5 - (M5)

    Pros: IT STARTS EVERYDAY

    Cons: THE RADIO SIRIUS ALL THE WAY EVERY KIA SHOULD HAVE SIRIUS RADIO. ALSO THE FUEL IS NOT WHAT THEY SAY BEAWARE

    Advice: HAVE GOOD CREDIT KIA HATES U OTHER WISE

    TEST DRIVE WENT WELL THE SALESMAN MADE SURE I WAS HAPPY SENTRY KIA ALL THE WAY

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    1/30/2006 3:54:07 PM

    2005 Kia Spectra5 - (M5)

    Pros: IT STARTS EVERYDAY

    Cons: THE RADIO THEY SHOULD HAVE SIRIUS RADIO IN ALL KIA'S

    Advice: HAVE GOOD CREDIT. KIA HATES YOU OTHER WISE

    IT RAN WELL A LITTLE ROUGH FRM SECOND GEAR TO THIRD ALTHOUGH THE QUALITY AND THE WARRANTY I COULD NOT SAY NO.

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    10/24/2005 7:27:52 PM

    2005 Kia Spectra5 - (M5)

    Pros: 205/50/16s

    Cons: front lip

    Advice: Buy it, you will love it.

    Great car with a lot more get up and go han I expected. Great suspension and a sporty look. The only thing I don't like is that front lip was very very poorly attached to the car. I have read that quite a few people have had some problems and I have too. I gave it a little scuff on a speedbump going about 5 mph and one side of it came off. BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO SCRAPE IT AT ALL.

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    10/2/2005 10:08:42 PM

    2005 Kia Spectra5 - (M5)

    Pros: Value vs. price. Safety !! 4wheel disc, ABS, 6 airbags

    Cons: Fuel Mileage

    Advice: Don't, Why buy a small car when you get the mpg of a small SUV

    Everything about this vehicle is great, EXCEPT the fuel mileage. 21-22 around town and 24 on the freeway. I'm a conservative driver who has driven economy cars for many years now and am very disapointed. Of course the dealership thinks this is the first car I've ever driven and explains that it's all how you drive it and that I don't know how to drive. All of the other features are great if fuel mileage doesn't matter.