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2004 Kia Spectra

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Kia Spectra Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 124 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2004 Kia Spectra

  • The redesigned Spectra is a major leap ahead of its predecessor in terms of comfort, safety and value.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Long range warranty, redesigned version sports a spunky engine, well-finished interior and standard side-curtain airbags.

  • Cons

    Suspension a bit soft, weak performance on outgoing model, ABS optional only on most expensive models.

  • What's New for 2004

    Kia introduces a completely redesigned and much improved Spectra as a midyear 2004 model. However, both the old and new versions are available this year.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (15 total reviews)


Great first time car!

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Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I've had my Spectra for 2 years now and not once have I been to the mechanic for any problems. I've put about 13,000 miles on it and so far so good. City mileage is about 22-23 not bad but could be a little better. Transmission is kinda rough shifting from third to fourth gear sometimes. If you can find a low mileage Spectra (the newer models are even better in my opinion) you will not be dissapointed!




2004 kia spectra

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Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this Kia used 8 months ago and I LOVE this car! It has smooth manual shift, feels sporty, great on the mileage and very fun to drive! No complaints. None!



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Cannot align?

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Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

When I got the car it needed an alignment, should have made them fix it then. We loved the car. We paid cash for it. Well.........I took it to get new tires and an alignment in Oct. of '07 and the alignment tech told there is no camber adjustment on the KIA so he could not align the car. WHAT? He then proceeded to tell me I had to buy an aftermarket kit and it would cost $200 to install so my car could be aligned. I thought they were just fishing for money. So I called the dealer and sure enough I had to buy an aftermarket kit. WHAT?I bought a car you can't get aligned! KIA said it adjusts, the dealer and the tech says no. Now I am stuck with a car I can never get aligned. Never buy another!




I bought a lemon

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Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

This would have been great, especially for the price. Unfortunately, I bought a lemon. The car needed an alignment when we test drove it. That should have been a sign. But we liked the car and what it had to offer compared to the other compact cars. So that was the first thing wrong with this car. The O-2 sensor has gone out twice in the car. The odometer messed up so the whole dash had to be replaced. Countless times the check engine light has come on supposedly because the gas cap was not closed right. When you'd think we'd learn the by the second time how to put on a gas cap. Now to top it off right now our car is in the shop because the transmission needs to be replaced. LEMON!




Cool but needs some enrichments

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Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

It is a verywell car. but its interior materials r not so rich.... a cute exterior .. good Engine but some kinda heavy.. actually i got a 1600 C.C one .. but it is soooo Convenient




Spectra rating

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Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Transmission Questioable- Problems required the Transmission be replaced twice in one month after the original failed.



Full 2004 Kia Spectra Review

What's New for 2004

Kia introduces a completely redesigned and much improved Spectra as a midyear 2004 model. However, both the old and new versions are available this year.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
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  • 29
  • highway
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