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2002 Kia Spectra Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

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not bad so far
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By kidnoel
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Vehicle

2002 Kia Spectra Hatchback GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Bought the car used about 8 months ago. Had about 40K miles on it. Was concerned it would give me problems right away. Has proved reliable so far. I have been on many road trips. Have only needed regular maintenance. Original brakes haven't needed replacing yet. Love that it hardly looks like a hatchback and people can't even tell what it is. GREAT fuel economy: 28-34. Got 400 miles on a tank last week-all highway.


Best Features

Like the hatchback. The other features I love were added after the fact.


Worst Features

Dunno... you get what you pay for. Would like a better trade-in value but....


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What do you want from a price point car?
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By elderchuck
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Vehicle

2002 Kia Spectra Hatchback GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Sometimes problematic on cheap stuff, but overall fun and economical car to drive and own. Hesitation/surges when warmed up, dealer says "normal" but I say "not". Heard there is a fix but have not found it yet. Would keep car for comfort, economy, price.


Best Features

Seats are fully adjustable. Engine and transmission are great. Economy better than advertised.


Worst Features

Improve service intervals (spark plugs at 30K?).


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Never again
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Exterior Design
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By anti-kia
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Vehicle

2002 Kia Spectra Hatchback GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

The Kia was the right price at the time for a college student. However, in driving the vehicle it was not worth it. The trade in value was only 3000 after a year and a half of driving. I was upside down by 6000. The interior was cheap and all the buttons were chipping paint. The exterior paint could be scratched with a finger nail and then rust immediately. The drivers seat broke and some metal rod was sticking out into the middle of your back. The check engine light kept coming on and the dealer could not find anything wrong. It turned out to be the exhaust system causing the problem. The cover for the speaker broke, as did the weather stripping across the hachback trunk.


Worst Features

Better paint, better gas mileage only got 22 MPG on a good day. Big waste of money, buyer beware.


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Possible Problems
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Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
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By Jack's kia
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Vehicle

2002 Kia Spectra Hatchback GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Problamtaic Car. I have had nothing
but problems with this car. Had all 4
door sensors replace, throttle plate
replaced, ORGR valve recall, seat belt
unlatches, transmission problems they
cant seam to fix, rear hatch seal wont
stay on, cheap interior materials,
already show wear, rear hatch never
opens with release. Overall needed a
inexpensive reliable car, and although
it has never left me stranded, will
NEVER buy a kia again, or from the
dealership (taylor kia) in toledo.


Best Features

Car is peppy, have needed to use it to its potential a few times on long drives. Have seen 37 MPG on long trips. 50/50 average 27, and mostly highway i see 33 AVG. best object of this car.


Worst Features

Fix the transmission, rear dor seal, improve the material quality for use.


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Spectra -economy and practicality
Performance
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Exterior Design
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By spectra owner
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Vehicle

2002 Kia Spectra Hatchback GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I bought the car in late 2001, it is
my first new vehicle. At the time I
was a single mom carting around two
boys and all of their junk as well,
the car has been reliable and who
would not love the 10 yr. warranty.
The only problem I have had lies in
the hatch release, it works sometimes
other times it jams completely. It has
been serviced twice relating to this
issue and continues to be a problem.
All in all I am very happy with the
Spectra, it was in my price range and
has served me well.


Best Features

Hatchback makes carting large items a snap.


Worst Features

Power and handling


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