by stevecobb12550 on Jun 5, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 Kia Spectra GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I bought the Kia used at 18,000 miles, and then drove it for almost 150,000 without a problem.
Gas mileage was about 33 mpg highway, and it was rock solid.
Sure, the sheet metal is so thin that you could dent the car just by breathing on it, and the rear defroster was useless, but the car was a real trooper.
Hatchback was very useful, too, I could load all kinds of things in there.
The only mistake I made was not changing the timing belt, and it broke at 145k miles, ruining the engine.
At 145k miles, the CV joints needed replacing, and so did the struts, but it was a great car.
by Amberismyenergy on Aug 14, 2008 Vehicle: 2001 Kia Spectra GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I have had it time in and time out with this car. I have had to replace the complete make up of the rear brakes, the battery, the rear break lights several times (not because i leave lights on) compressor, starter, plugs, the right axle. Yes when i go up a hill i have to turn air conditioner off. haha Very loud when I'm trying to go fast, people think I'm angry, when I'm in a hurry. The dash board has completed folded because of the sun! WONDERFUL!!
by ayoder on Apr 30, 2008 Vehicle: 2001 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I bought mine new in 2001 and I've put a little over 70,000 miles on it. It's paid off and now I'm really getting my money out of it. It's still running great and drives as good as 2 other new cars I've recently test driven. I have done all the recommended maintenance and it's still running like a top. I had only minor warranty repairs done and have no complaints. I've been looking for a used higher end KIA like the optima to purchase but I think everyone knows how great these cars are they aren't trading them in so there are none available in my area. Can you say watch out Honda someones coming up quickly behind you and their price is better?
by Ricky on Feb 27, 2008 Vehicle: 2001 Kia Spectra GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Other than normal wear parts like brake pads, I've had problems with the motor mounts (4 of them) and the upper power steering hose. It has good fuel economy, about 22 mpg city and very good handling, especially when you upgrade the wheels to 15" and sport tires.
by ojena on Jul 11, 2004 Vehicle: 2001 Kia Spectra GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I have had many problems with the
engine begining with the loud noises
it makes & a/c and radio malfunctions.
The plastic pieces of the vehicle are
always breaking off such as those that
recline the seat,open the trunk and
gas,and a/c vents.Ancira, the
dealership where I purchased my Kia,
is not very efficient when it comes to
fixing it. So the warranty Kia always
raves about really means nothing to
me.Within the first year of owning my
new Kia Spectra, the tires and brakes
had to be replaced, and since they are
considered maintanence parts, they
were not covered by the warranty.
This car has been a headache from day
2001 sees few changes to Kia's sporty five-door hatchback, which was introduced last year to attract younger customers to the brand. The top-rung GSX trim level gets a gas-cap tether, coin holder and dual visor vanity mirrors. Kia's Long Haul Warranty Program has also been introduced for this model year.