After getting tired of paying GM for
spare parts for our 1996 Olds'
wagon...we decided to go Korean. We
bought our base-trim 2003 Spectra for
$11,000(Automatic with A/C and a CD
player)after rebates and feel like we
got a great deal. It is impossible to
find another car, brand new, for this
price with this great of a warranty
(aside from Hyundai which is
similar). A friend of mine bought a
Sephia in 2000 and after 60,000 miles
his is still running strong and if
ours should not be doing so well in a
few years, who cares...Kia fits the
mechanic bill on major components!!
Good gas mileage. Standard CD player
is a bonus. This car also has a fairly
smooth, and quiet powertrain unless
under hard acceleration then the
engine buzzes a bit.
Make tilt steering standard...Also
with my 6' frame, my legs are
sometimes lacking in leg room and the
steering wheel is up a bit high and
far away for optimum driving
position. Make cruise control
2003 Kia Spectra Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Bought 2 2003 spectras in May 2003 and
am very shocked at the depreciation of
these vehicles. We have two identical
cars but they both drive differently.
Mine has looser steering and my
husband's feels like manual steering.
We were told by the Kia place when my
husband took his car in that this was
normal. We paid $13,200 for each car
(in trade) and now cannot get over
$6000 for them in trade. Have not been
able to sell the cars to private party
because no one wants to buy them!!!!
Very cheaply made! My husbands whole
front bumper cover fell off and cost
$1400 to fix. We are getting rid of
both by this Friday.
Drop price, needs better quality
material in exterior/interior. Dealers
need to be honest as to how cheap these
I mistakenly gave this vehice a good
rating back in June 2003. Now just 6
months later, I'm about to take it in
for a warranty repair for the 2nd
time. The brake Master Cylinder went
bad in NOV 2003. Now the Power
Steering unit is leaking. So far, all
is covered under the warranty. I gave
the local service center a poor rating
since it took them 4 days to get and
replace the Master Cylinder. They told
me to take my care somewhere else in
the future to get warranty work. How
bad can a major car dealer be. The
worse. Never again, will I buy a Kia.
I should have stuck with a Toyota.
Cheap Auto Insurance and after reading
my poor review, you will see why it's
Kia can improve by not making or
selling any cars in the US.
If you are looking for Point A to B
travel. This car will do it for you.
The A/C will freeze you. The Radio / CD
player will knock your socks off.
Transmission shifts like a sports car.
AND it looks sporty!
It starts every time.
Better Gas Mileage – Mine gets about
275 Miles Per Tank. Maybe a V6 model
2003 Kia Spectra Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
This was my first new car. Iwasn't sure
if I would like a small car. I'm used
to driving a full size van. After
driveing it for a few weeks I love it.
The interior is nice and
roomey.Everything that Edmunds has said
I would have to disagree. I have had no
trouble with my brakes at all.
I like the sound system,and the seat
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