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Used Kia Hatchback Ratings

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    10/23/2004 8:42:29 PM

    2005 Kia Spectra5 - (M5)

    Pros: the fact that it has alot of safety features including side curtain airbags

    Cons: the switch that turns the headlights on is on the turn indicator and too easy to turn them off

    Advice: good value for the price

    I was pleaseantly suprised at the amount of passenger room this car that was rated a compact had. I had a little trouble getting used to the bucket seats in the front (If they still call them bucket seats)the back was fine but I could use a little more in the seat. Learning to use the front and rear windshield wipers is a challenge but it seems to be one that is overcomable. I do not like the Ford style of high beam switch where you push forward for high beams and pull back for low. The lower front bumper looks nice but I wonder how it will hold up on speed bumps and high parking stop blocks?

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    10/8/2004 9:58:40 AM

    2004 Kia Spectra - EX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Look, speed, gas mileage, and WARRANTY!!!!

    Cons: I can't think of anything yet!

    Advice: Get one! NOW they have a rebate right now. :-)

    I went to drive a Kia Spectra, Saturn Ion, and VW Beetle. Kia blew me away. It is a silent drive, mager head room and leg room. The color options are spectacular. The dealership, Temecula, was laid back and easy going. Top that with the 10 year warranty and it will knock your socks off!

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    10/2/2004 7:02:51 PM

    2004 Kia Spectra - EX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: the space/ride/power

    Cons: The shift points for the automatic my second one will be a 5speed

    Advice: You MUST Test drive this car before you buy anything else

    For starters, I actually bought this vehicle (2004.5) and I'm in the process of buying a second one, in a 5spd, for me. It really is the best all around value and totally changed the way I think about Kia. Pound for pound I actually liked it more than the civic. The clean interior design and quality of the fit. The car is spacious (I'm 6'3/250) to the point where I feel like I'm not in the same car anymore. The power is great, it gets good gas mileage and I love the styling. With what I've seen from the Spectra5 Im hoping they release a Supercharger/ground effects kit for the American Market Spectra! (please Kia please?)

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    8/19/2004 2:57:08 PM

    2004 Kia Spectra - Base (M5) Sedan

    Pros: nothing

    Cons: i hate the car, drinks gas, a/c doesn't work and dealer not willing to repair

    Advice: do not buy, these cars are very cheaply made. and the trade is value is 1/10 of the original price.....

    I think a horse and buggy would ride better.

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    7/23/2004 2:07:51 PM

    2004 Kia Spectra - EX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: The Price $10,900 for a car

    Cons: Nothing

    Advice: Give Kia A Try

    Love It!!

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    6/6/2004 7:21:48 PM

    2004 Kia Spectra - Base (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Sporty/Lux Look, Roomy Interior, Nice Ice Blue exterior color, Cd w/ 8 speakers

    Cons: Gas Milaege BUT STILL LOVE IT

    Advice: Try the Sorento first and there would be no need to look further

    I was in the market for a suv. I test drove several suv and a sorento was not even on my list. Several people had told me not to purchase a Kia( Waste of Money) And for 2yrs I took their advice. But When I was on my way to test drive a Mitsubishi Endeavor or Outlander, I passed a Kia dealer and something told me to stop. I test drove the Sorento and fell in LOVE instantly. And before I knew it, I was driving home in my Sorento. Never made it to the Mitsubishi Dealership. So know I have advice to any one in the market for a SUV, TRY THE SORENTO FIRST!!

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    5/9/2004 7:58:10 PM

    2002 Kia Spectra - LS (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Looks nice

    Cons: Kia highly reluctant to honor warranty.

    Advice: Stay away! Don't even turn in the driveway.

    Although Kia uses it's 'excellent' warranty as a hard selling point, they fight every way they can to keep from honoring it. The car had vibration and knocking in the front a week after purchase. After three trips to the Kia dealer, it was not resolved. The mechanics said they could not figure it out. One trip to an independent revealed that the wheel bearings were shot. At approximately 12,000 miles. The dealer reluctantly made the repair, giving the argument that the bearings weren't really 'that bad.' A few thousand more miles up the road, the brakes were shot and the rear-cylinders were badly leaking. Again, discovered by an idenpendent. The Kia shop informed us that rear brake cylinders typically leak 'some' and that they did not need to be replaced. The dealer which sold the car advised us to get three bids on repairing the car and take it back to the shop. Frankly, all three independents were shocked that the Kia shop said leaking brake cylinders were common. After inspecting the car at the shop of an independent, it appeared that the whole end-cap had broken loose from the main cylinder. After much time and expense to get the estimates, Kia reluctantly made the repair and again argued that the leakage was normal and they were doing it in the name of 'good customer relations.' We also found out the hard way that, if you allow any other but the Kia shop to service your car, you run the risk of Kia not honoring its warranty on any part the independent might touch. Stay away from this company. Veracity and honor are not its name.