by debrastark on Apr 23, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
I purchased this vehicle from a Barrie Ontario dealer in Sept 2004..it had 18000 on it (I was told it was a rental car b4 I bought it)-in any case the check engine light was on from day one. The most disturbing is when you would go it would hesitate and not seem to "catch" a gear..no power-you would turn it off turn back on and it would seem to reset itself. I took it to Barrie Kia before we moved and they said "if the problem isnt occuring right then we cant see it"-I told them while it's still under 20,000 if I find its transmisison related later I wont be happy. In any case I now work at Honda (thank the lands) I have thus far replaced the alternator and battery. There are FIVE codes (all
by sargrebe on Jul 25, 2011 Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
We bought our first new car in 04.
It is technically an 04 model, with an 05 body style.
We loved this car so much that when my husband wanted a new one we bought an 08 manual for him.
Great Gas mileage!
Great starter car for a young family.
The only cons are that the gas tank straps failed after 5 years, and I had to have those replaced, scary!
And the interior after 8 years is failing, seat is falling apart.
by lorijohnston on Jul 21, 2011 Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
I am surprised at some of the other reviews.
I bought this car used with 16,000 in early 2005.
At the time, I needed an inexpensive and reliable car to get me back and forth between work, home and school.
Six years later, I still own the car and I still love it.
The only major expense was a timing belt change at 102,000 miles.
Over the years I have had only one mysterious problem.
The transmission at times would stick in one gear.
Every time I have encountered this issue, I simply pulled over, put the car in park for a second, returned the car to drive and the problem ended.
I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone who needed reliability & affordability.
I own 2 Kias today!