by nothappy on Sep 24, 2009 Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I dont know how or where to start. This car has been giving me problems from the start. The engine light goes on and off. The transmission has been replaced 3 times, the computer once, the alternator 1 time; the struts have been replaced twice. OMG! It has been my worse nightmare. I have missed so many days of work because of this. I wanted to sell it, but of course Kia does not hold their value. After I paid over 15,000 for this car, I only get $2,000 after 5 years with only 55,000 miles on it. I swear I would rather walk to work everyday before I buy another Kia. PLEASE do some research before you buy a Kia... They might be affordable, but you will pay so much at the end.
by suckered on Jul 18, 2006 Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
They have two maintenance schedules. No one tells you that you are under the severe schedule until you need the warranty. Transmission failed at 38K. Kia won't cover because we didn't have the transmission fluid changed at 30K per the severe schedule. Normal schedule says look at fluid and replace if needed all the way to 105K. No customer support! No dealership support! A private transmission repair shop states that the fluid is fine & that the failure is due to part failure. Kia doesn't rebuild transmissions, they replace the whole thing and keep many in stock just for this reason. I think Kia is trying to avoid a recall. Wish superman would come to our rescue.
by wildbill on Jan 28, 2005 Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Have to drive 60 miles each way. Got a Spectra and it is satisfactory. No extra power, but I keep a steady 2900 rpm going 70 mph on the Garden State Parkway. That is when I am not in Bloomfield and Orange, NJ where the speed drops to 15 mph often. One queer characteristic has popped up once in awhile. The car forgets how to automatically shift. It usually occurs when I pass through the toll booth using EZ-pay. There I don't come to a complete stop, but go from 70 to 15 to 70 mph within a mile. The car comes up to speed, but the rpms go up too, up to 4500 rpm, then I take action. Well, the action is to go to the shoulder and stop the car. Restarting seems to reprogram the car fine.
by Clay Stephenson on Oct 31, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Steering is very stiff and too tight.
Interior could be up graded.
Mileage is only fair for the size of
the car. I get appx 24 city and 28
Road noise on a scale of 1-10 would be
rated at 6 for me.
Problems within first five months of
purchase. Frequently the speed will
indicate as much as a 24 mph various
higher than actual travel.
Ok for a work car but not of the
quality I expected.
Previous Kia I owned was a 2000 Sophia
and handling and mileage was much
I will likely purchase a different make
on my next purchase
by Owlteacher on Jul 30, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
This is a wonderful commuter car!
I've been impressed with everything
about it, except that the driver's
side seatbelt latch is too close to
the seat. This causes some discomfort
on long trips. I have the 5-door
model, and the cargo room with the
back seats flipped forward is
awesome. I'm sold.