by dswanson1 on Apr 10, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 Kia Spectra LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
We bought it and withing 3 months had to put a new transmission into it.
That was under 100000 miles.
It has been back into the shop 6 more times so far and we are only at 106000 miles.
Nothing but issues left and right.
Everything seems to break.
Unfortunately we financed and are stuck with it for the next 2 years.
by deathsaid on Dec 8, 2012 Vehicle: 2003 Kia Spectra 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
Our Spectra has 120, 000 miles on it and has been pretty reliable so far.
I have it for the last 20K or so and before that my father-in-law owned it.
It has gone through some brakes and needed some work to fix in the brake fluid system.
Front brakes put off a lot of dirt, hubcaps are literally black at this point.
All things considered this car has been great, not the sexiest car or most comfy (i am 6'6) but very dependable. Nothing fancy or flashy about it but it gets from point A to point B.
by kiersten565 on Jul 10, 2012 Vehicle: 2003 Kia Spectra 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I've been driving my Kia for almost four years now, it was used as my dad's commuter car. I now have 220,000 miles on it and still going strong! Tires have been replaced, along with a new fuel filter and occasional oil changes and tire rotations but nothing major. I put almost 100 miles on it a day and it has great gas mileage. I'm so surprised at how long it's lasted for me. I will be very sad the day it gives up!
For 2003, all Spectras will come with a CD player and body-color side moldings. Kia has attempted to make the cabin environment more hospitable via additional sound insulation in the roof and floor, an illuminated ignition and revised climate controls. Also, all hatchbacks get a standard rear wiper with an intermittent feature. Finally, note that engine specs have been revised this year -- the Spectra is now rated at 124 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque compared with 126 hp and 108 lb-ft for 2002. The four-cylinder engine itself is unchanged.