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Advice: Any other car for pete's sake!!I bought this car for my girlfriend. She was so happy until about 6 months after we got it. The check engine light came on which they fixed. She didn't like the fact that after only six months something went wrong. October 2003 a Izusu Rodeo backed into her and dented the hood, borke the grill, and SCRATCHED the TOP of the bumper COVER (big words important). It was about $800 to fix and insurance covered it. We took her parents to Branson, MO. for Thanksgiving and didn't have any problems. In late January it developed a squeak in the right front suspension. The dealer said the strut was leaking. They decided to replace all 4?!? Three weeks later we got it back. They gave us a used car as a rental with what looked like blood stains on the seats and the wipers didn't work. It was a Daewoo. About a week after getting out car back it started squeaking again. We took it to a family mechanic and he said the strut was leaking. Also he noted that it didn't look like the struts had been replaced. Back at Kia they said it was the ball joints. We kept the car for the 5 days it took to get parts. When I picked it up it still squeaked. The service manager told me 'I don't know whats wrong with it.' That's amazing. I wanted to ask when he graduated from Automotive school....last week maybe? Then he said his technician noticed some damage and the car had been in an accident. I told him what damage had been done and what had been replaced and how it happened. He said that the problem must be because of the accident and they would not be able to honor the warranty for anymore work. I told him the damage and that the frame had no damage and the parts behind the grill and under the hood had no damage as per the bodyshop then what damage could have happened. Not only that but the only contact with the bumper was on top of it and it scratched it. His comment was the compression could of caused damage. What if I sit on the bumper I asked. Will the wheels fall off. He said that I should contact my insurance company and walked off. Funny it took over 4 weeks for them to find evidence of an accident. Of course if I had known that a car gets hit while parked and at less than 5 mph and immediately explodes I wouldn't have bought it. I took it to Ford and traded it in for a Ranger. I took a hit on the trade but with what I was going through and what I knew I was getting ready to go through, I said screw it. I have worked in the IT field for the past 7 yrs. If a tech of mine said to a customer 'I don't know what is wrong with it' he better have his resume ready. I have had several vehicles in my life and never had I been put off that bad by a dealer. Of all the vehicles that were warrantied none have been that much trouble. My advice is DO NOT BUY THIS CAR. Spend an extra 2 grand and get a bottom model Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Chevy, Dodge, etc., etc. At least their service will be better.
Pros: the front is sporty looking
Cons: the driver seat is not very comfy
Advice: make sure your comfy in the seat drivingIts a great little car for the price. the gas milage is good and it looks cute.The driver seat couuld be more comfy.
Advice: look elseware there must be something else out there for close to the same moneyA basic car with no outstanding features. The power is poor except on the open highway with no hills. Cumfort is dismal it is ok for short drives but if I nned to be in t for an hour or more I begin to hurt all over especially in the back. This car is noisy the windows are not tight. Gas milage is really bad I traded a bigger car with muc better performance and better gas milage
Pros: 5 speed
Cons: The price!
Advice: Make you get the advertised price. (10,000)The Spectra Preforms great. It is easy to handle and has power too. I have no complains as of now!
Cons: wimpy horn
Advice: A great car for the money with a great warranty; you can't go wrong!We traded in our old volkswagon for the 2003 Kia Spectra and what a difference in ride and comfort! The Kia is so comfortable to drive because of all the extra features you get; air conditioning, tilt steering, cruise, nice stereo, etc, etc...and it all came without a large pricetag AND I'll get years of worry-free driving because of the bumper to bumper warranty.
Pros: power mirrors
Cons: slow take-offs
Advice: If price, quality, and dependability are all important I recommend this buy.I was impressed. My wife and I were looking for a rather inexpensive car at time. Something that would give good gas mileage and be dependable. While the 128hp 4-cylinder engine doesn't wet the appetite, it actually handles quite well on the highway. The LS model is what we looked at giving you all the options you can find in a higher class luxury sedan. Braking at high speeds can be a little shaky, but it is evenly distributed at stopping points. Another attractive buy is the 10yr 100,000mile warranty. I'm pleased, although my wife drives it I steal it and leave here my pontiac grand-am every now and then.
Pros: Great Handling and a Smooth Ride
Cons: Little less horsepower than I'm used to
Advice: Try to buy late in the year, they'll give you even more discounts.I needed something economical to get me to and from work and the KIA Spectra filled that role perfectly. It's a great little car for an unbelievable price. I looked at a Toyota Corolla as well and frankly, despite what the salesman tried to tell me, it wasn't worth the extra $3000-$4000 for me to have that little logo on the front of my car. The salesman was very fair, answered all of my questions, and even got me an unbelievably low interest rate for my financing. I will definitely be buying from KIA again.