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Used Kia Hatchback Ratings

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    2/1/2005 8:20:18 AM

    2002 Kia Spectra - LS (M5) Sedan

    Pros: The look of the vehicle is the only good feature.

    Cons: Repair shop.

    Advice: Do not buy any Kia vehicle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I purchased a 2004 (in March 04)with everything. I had my first oil change and found out my transmission was leaking. It in now Jan. 05 and I am still having transmission problems. I have taken it into the shop several times. They have supposedly changed a gasket and other things. Now my check engine light is on and I am suppose to take the car back and have it rewired. I also have a stripped out air filter box, which was not messed up before the transmission service, that they will not fix. My transmission now does not shift properly. I am considering legal action. A friend told me about problems with the Sedona Van. Their favorite excuse is 'Kia knows that they have problems with wiring and have steps to fix it.' My friend says she was told the same but about the air conditioner. DONT BUY ANY KIA!!!!!!!

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    1/15/2005 12:56:21 PM

    2002 Kia Spectra - LS (M5) Sedan

    Pros: The body style.

    Cons: I wish i got a radio with a CD player and more bass.

    Advice: Test drive, and don't expect too much.

    I bought the car for my wife as new in 2002 and I enjoy the car to this very day, even through my wife drive it most of the time. After 27K the car had to be taken back twice to get the PCV fixed. The service department didn't run the car serial number through the system the first time, because there was a recall on that part. If they would have done that it the first time would have been taken care of. Other then that, it's been treating my family extrmely well. Take off from a dead stop, is slow, but what can you expect from a 4 cylinder. I have know problem with the braking, it's good on gas, and I like the style. It's nice and sport for the GSX.

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    1/7/2005 2:31:25 PM

    2004 Kia Spectra - EX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: I like the car overall very well

    Cons: gas mileage is not impressive for this type vehicle

    Advice: Buy it if it fits your needs, it is the best value in its class

    this vehicle feels very much like my wife's Honda Civic. It feels sold, handles well, and is very comfortalbe. I have had no problems with it after 1000 miles and the dealer personnel were very nice. I am not impressed with the gas mileage however. I find the power to be very adequate even though I have an automatic.

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    12/15/2004 12:00:29 PM

    2005 Kia Spectra5 - (M5)

    Pros: Standard 4-wheel disc brakes

    Cons: Still don't know how to reset the trip meter

    Advice: Do your homework

    I drove all competitors (Focus, Matrix, Mazda3 etc.) this car has more horsepower, torque and overall comfort than any new car in its class. The quiet interior and response of the car are outstanding. Nice looking car, great mileage (33mpg), fast, safe and best warranty on the market. I looked at this car just to 'rule it out' of my desired list of cars, and it ended up soundly thumping all competition. I bought one for 16K (including tax and title.) Best buy on the market. Drive one, you'll be amazed.

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    12/10/2004 11:42:32 AM

    2004 Kia Spectra - LX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: THE CD PLAYER

    Cons: I DON'T LIKE THAT I DON'T HAVE POWER LOCKS AND WINDOWS

    Advice: JUST BUY IT!

    I OWN THE NEW KIA SPECTRA LX. IT IS MY FIRST CAR, AND I BROUGHT IT BRAND NEW. THEY ARE VERY AFFORDABLE, AND A EXCELLENT FIRST TIME BUYERS CAR.

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    12/7/2004 4:30:31 PM

    2005 Kia Spectra5 - (M5)

    Pros: All the standard features on this vehicle are options on all most any other car.

    Cons: I could not get it in a orange color.

    Advice: For the money it is the best thing you will find.

    From the first test drive all the way to signing the deal was a pleasure. I work for a Mazda dealership and they could not come close to the price or warranty. As soon as we pay this one off we are going to get another for my wife. This is the first new car purchase I have made.

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    11/21/2004 8:21:18 AM

    2004 Kia Spectra - GS (M5) Hatchback

    Pros: Low price and 10 year warranty.

    Cons: After only 10000 miles while driving on open road rpms went between 5000-6000 and I had to pull over to put in park and then back into drive. Took to dealer and said no problems found but got papers from service center stating there was a problem.

    Advice: If you plan to keep car for duration of loan period it's great. If you plan to trade it in, beware! Value greatly depreciates once driven off lot (about $6000)

    Car handles very well on the open road. Gas mileage slowly getting worse. Maintenance is current, but still doesn't help my mileage. Acceleration is not that great even when a/c is off but I learned not to pull out in front of anyone anymore.