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!!
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.