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Go have 10 root canals!
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By dean_o
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2003 Kia Spectra Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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This was the most painful vehicle I have ever owned. We bought it used, and with in the first month had to have 2 transmissions put in. What kind of car needs that? The interior is just an awful design. The alternator went 3 times! The front wheel mounts on both sides were shot. The seat belt buckle broke, come one. The cruise control worked went it wanted too. And for 3 years the check engine light was on and after numerous checks by mechanics no one could get it to turn off and stay off. If you have a choice of someone giving you a Kia Spectra or having to pay for 10 root canals... take the root canals!


Best Features

Favourite feature? It is now a big square pile of scrap metal.


Worst Features

Take the radiator cap off and screw a new car underneath.


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Average car
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By Chris L
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2003 Kia Spectra Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Review

If you're looking for an average vehicle, this is it. It has 4 wheels, an engine, and it gets you from point A to point B. We've only owned it for a few years, gone from about 65k to 95k miles, and we've had a few issues. The serpentine belt began squeaking during our first winter and eventually snapped, killing the power steering. We've had the belt replaced 3 or 4 times now, and I'm sure we'll have to do so again in the future. The AC also died in relation to fixing the belt somehow, and the muffler pipe needed replacing about a year or so after buying the car, which we finally replaced. A loud muffler is something I wish upon no one.


Best Features

It is a comfy ride and there's a lot of space in the interior. When the muffler is okay, it has great pick up.


Worst Features

Better quality for sure. I hope the Kia's today are better built.


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4 OC/7yrs
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By Gen
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2003 Kia Spectra Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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I have had this car for almost 7 years now and have actually only changed the oil 4 times. (Yes I know very stupid.) But here is the cool thing, it still runs great. I just hit 100,000 miles and no major problems. Have to change the headlights about every 6 months and the AC has a mind of its own but other then that really dependable.


Best Features

It came with a CD player :)


Worst Features

Non possessed AC and cruise control that doesn't cost an extra $3000 at purchase.


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Great car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Robert Huffman
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2003 Kia Spectra Sedan 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Review

Best car have owned, first and only repair one coil burn out, 700 dollar repair, but this is first spent on car ever, other than regular maintenance


Best Features

fuel economy


Worst Features

none, its a 2003 they have made changes


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Cheap used car, wouldn't buy new
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Kia Driver
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2003 Kia Spectra Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I find this to be a decent used car for someone just learning to drive or looking for nothing more than point A to point B transportation. It's been pretty reliable although when things do break, they are expensive to repair. Many parts have to be ordered from Korea and it's hard to find a mechanic that will work on them. Very difficult to work on yourself as well. The "little things" like interior trim and such start falling apart around 50k miles though. By 87K the dash was warped, interior trim always falling off, drivers seat no longer went back, and power windows only worked sometimes. The drive train itself is fairly reliable though.


Best Features

Good stereo and comfortable seats for such a cheap car. Large trunk with fold down seats. Interior is larger than you would think judging by the exterior. Decent rear leg room.


Worst Features

I'd like more power, a smoother transmission, and better build quality. But you just won't find that at this price.


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