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Love my KIA Spectra
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By Love my spectra
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2003 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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This car has been extremely reliable, the only thing it has been in the shop for is regular maintenance. The gas mileage has been phenomenal consistently near 30 mpg freeway, and mid to upper 20's in town. This is a great car I am sad to have to sell it. The one draw back on this car is that it does not work well for a growing family.


Best Features

The flexible trunk/backseat space. With seats that fold down along with the hatchback you can get all kinds of stuff in this car!


Worst Features

Non that I can think of, I really like it!


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


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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 LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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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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Fell apart (& short of expectations)
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2003 Kia Spectra 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought my Spectra used with about 100,000 miles on it and put 80,000 on it before the transmission completely blew (more expensive to fix than the KBB on the car). The seats were really uncomfortable and it wasn't good for long trips because the steering wheel couldn't be adjusted so it touched my knees the entire time. Little things started breaking (both sun visors fell off, the weather stripping completely dropped off two windows, all but one speaker blew out, heat/air conditioning issues, glove compartment latch broke, dome light switch got touchy, etc). The oil changes were nearly impossible to do at home due to inaccessible location of oil drain. The car only lived for 6 years total.


Best Features

Fuel economy (23 city not great, but over 30 highway was nice); fairly dependable (no major breakdowns aside from the transmission), fair amount of trunk space, back seat fairly roomy, headlight bulbs easy to change.


Worst Features

Seriously lacking in comfort (seats are hard and you start feeling the wire underneath after not too long), oil changes difficult, needs to be put together to last because pieces start dropping off, needs an adjustable steering wheel. Batteries have to be special ordered because of size/shape.


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