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2004 Kia Spectra Hatchback

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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

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Good value

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Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I bought my gsx used and I have had no problems at all with anything. Now has over 90,000 miles and still runs great. The performance is a little slow, but I have been adding some parts to it and they are making a big difference. I would highly recommend this car as a commuter or for performance car that you do not see very often although the part are only available from a few places.




Horrible service/vehicle

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Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Not only have we had to fork out over $1000 on repairs but Kia finally decided to put a new transmission in at only 58K, but that took 25 payments for them to do that. There is NO power to the vehicle. The seats are uncomfortable and if I didn't drive 50 miles each way to work and needed something to use as a "throw away vehicle" I would never have bought this piece of JUNK. I will not even give it to my 16 year old son to drive.




Careful: the bear wants christmas

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Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

The compact hatchback is styled "right". The day I purchased my Spectra I had the check engine light reset. It has been back to the dealership two other times for the same thing, but I have been out in less than an hour each time. As a former line mechanic, I have reset the computer twice myself: once at high altitude above Sante Fe and the other on a foggy morning. It has a dash rattle which I may not get fixed unless it gets louder. I change my own oil and keep all receipts, but I really don't expect problems with the warranty. It is a great second generation vehicle which I rate behind a Corolla or Civic, but I paid an exceptional price-$3600 below MSRP-they met my earned interest rate!




Kia gsx

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Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

added a power sunroof and keyless entry which makes this vehicle fun to drive and practical, actually quite a value for the dollars notwithstanding the extended warranty




Under-rated car, 5speed gsx is

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Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Very fun, economical, practical and sporty car. I really am pleased with the car. The hatchback GSX allows me to throw whatever I need in there. I've had a few electrical problems with the cruise control and dash lights but both are fixed now. The car warms up quick in the winter, very economical to drive (40+mpg) driving it nice. No transimisson problems with the 5 speed!




Great card for money

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Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

great car for the money, cheap yeah, but i like it, and unique in its look.



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.

Talk About The 2004 Spectra

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
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  • 29
  • highway
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