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Cons: Paint gets chipped quickely
Advice: The car is built well, it can take a good beating if you push it.I have a 5 speed, its great on gas, and it handles the road pretty good. It has good pep for a 4 cylinder. Its a great car for the money. It was a choice between a Honda Civic and the Spectra5. I chose it because I am 6ft4inchs and I fit comfortably. The engine also has a nice purr to it.
Pros: It ipod holder was conveniant.
Advice: be sure your are okay with paymentsI really like this little car its everything i need in a car, im just going on 18 and i needed a room with room and good gas millage.
Pros: Sporty look
Cons: Cheap plastic interior
Advice: Give it a try, it's an awesome little car.Awesome handling
Pros: Gas Mileage
Cons: No cruise control
Advice: Buy itHandles nice, do feel more bumps, but other than that steering is tight and positive. Only problem has been the gas cap door, does stick sometimes. Took it to dealer, they fixed, but still does it once in awhile
Pros: Features for the money.
Cons: Ongoing safety issues after almost a year
Advice: Don't buy it if you have passengers you care about.I looked at every product review that I could find online, and read the JD Powers findings and safety ratings before buying my new Specra5 to be an educated buyer. I, like Amber in Phoenix, have the shaking steering wheel at freeway speeds that the dealer hasn't been able to identify or correct in the past ten months (15000 miles). KIA Consumer Affairs led me to believe that my issue is unique - NOT! Please email if you have the same issue. While it's sporty, fun, practical and very comfortable, my passenger side airbag sensors only work at times, and my passengers don't feel safe when they see the lighted warning that their safety devices are turned off. The selling dealer has gone to great lengths to correct the shaking wheel and the airbag issues, but KIA doesn't seem to have the engineering expertise (or concern or honesty?) to resolve design flaws. There has been a Technical Service Bulletin since March 2006 that was supposed to fix the airbag deployment failure. A 10-year warranty isn't worth much if the manufacturer can't figure out how to fix the problems, especially when it comes to steering, brakes or crash protection. My wife refuses to ride with me now because she looks out her side window and sees the big SUV or pickup bumper at face level and isn't sure if her 3 passenger side airbags will even deploy if needed! See NHTSA ODI online for more details on problems. If drivers have family or a regular passenger, I suggest they buy something else. But if you're a loner and don't mind a shaking steering wheel, it's a fun and comfortable little car to drive. Other issues that were corrected have been a paint defect (the was approved by KIA and repaired), a bad speaker in the back (which I opted to replace), and air in the clutch slave cylinder line (which corrected itself after the dealer couldn't find the problem in the first 8900 miles I drove the car).
Pros: power options
Cons: Not enough horsepower
Advice: They still need to get all the bugs out of this new vehicleHad vehicle in for repairs 6 times. Now they are getting me a new one. Lets hope this one doesnt have the reverse driveline clunk like the previous one.
Pros: safety features
Cons: carpet is thin
Advice: NoneI purchased a new 2006 Kia Spectra 5, three months ago, and I am very satisfied with the Spectra 5. I was hesitant to purchase a Kia at first because of Kia's past problems, and poor resale value. After doing research on the Spectra 5, I decided to purchase it, and I am now glad that I did. The Spectra drives great, comes with many standard features that are optional on other vehicles, including power doors and locks, keyless entry, and six standard air bags. Overall, the Spectra 5 is a great buy.