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.
Great gas mileage, very reliable, useful hatchback.
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!!
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.
Good exterior looks, nice handling, excellent A/C, nice interior space.
Better materials for dashboard (warped) and stronger cloth for upholstery.
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
I would suggest that the service be
improved, as well as all the other